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U.S. Postal Service Poised to Make Devastating Cuts in Service

 Who: Local Postal Workers

What: Protest against mail processing center closings and mail delays

Where: 201 N McDowell St, Charlotte NC

When: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Friday November 14th, 2014

Day of action we have coming up this Friday 11/14 at 11:00am at the Downtown Post office at 201 N McDowell St. Parking at Little Rock AME Zion Baptist Church:  401 N McDowell St.

 

Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/ Read more >>>

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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Good News for Postal and Federal Workers about the Greensboro Civil Rights Museum!

              
                                                             By Richard Koritz

The Civil Rights Museum at the old Woolworth building on Elm Street is a national treasure located in the city of Greensboro, in Guilford County, in North Carolina. The centerpiece of the museum’s permanent exhibit commemorates the historic act carried out by four N.C. A&T freshman on February 1st, 1960 when they marched downtown and sat down at the segregated Woolworth lunch counter demanding to be served like any white patron. The courageous A&T Four sparked the birth of a powerful south-wide and then country-wide civil rights movement that ultimately smashed legal segregation in the Southern USA.

The Movement’s success inspired other justice movements that emerged in the United States in the 1960’s and spread to other countries all over the world. On February1, 2010, the fiftieth anniversary of that historic day, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) opened to the public and has welcomed visitors ever since.
As the ongoing tragic, turbulent and uplifting events in Ferguson, Missouri and the still emerging and advancing Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina demonstrate today, the struggle for civil rights for African-American people and the struggle for freedom and justice for all working people is still on the order of the day. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum, the jewel of downtown Greensboro, with visitors from all over the world, is a valuable cultural and moral resource worthy of our enthusiastic support.

In this light, we are pleased to report that the ICRCM has qualified for the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC provides all federal and postal workers in the USA the opportunity to use payroll deduction or lump sum donations to a charity or charities that each worker designates. The CFC 2014 campaign began in September and ends on December 15th.

For the current campaign any federal or postal worker in the Greater North Carolina Area CFC can use any of the several available channels for giving to the ICRCM. Whichever form is chosen, you need to designate the "International Civil Rights Center and Museum" by using its five digit code number: 22409. Federal and postal workers throughout the rest of the country can donate to the ICRCM by going online and using the same five digit number. Everyone is invited to use the CFC button on the home page of www.sitinmovement.com as well.

Please get the word out to all postal and federal employees you know, especially in the North Carolina area. Come to the museum and see and experience this powerful and compelling story for yourself and share the experience of these youthful history makers with family and friends.

Richard Koritz, a retired Greensboro letter carrier, is a postal union activist and member of the Board of Directors of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. As a fifteen year old, Richard had picketed Woolworth stores in the Boston, MA area in solidarity with the heroic Greensboro and Southern youth who were sitting in at the segregated lunch counters throughout the South.

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Charlotte, NC, October 13, 2014: The Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council affiliation of the NC State AFL-CIO is holding a Get Out the Vote canvass in Southwest Charlotte on Saturday October 18th, 2014. Read more >>>

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Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

Moral Monday in Charlotte September 1st
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Great local coverage. Keep up the great work!

If you are retired, you need to be involved. More at retiredamericans.org

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

The Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing numerous members in a variety of unions throughout North Carolina.

The mission of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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SP CLC Voter Mobilization Schedule V7

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