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We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. If you don’t want 2014 to be a repeat of 2010, it’s time to pick up that phone and make a call to make sure working people in critical states turn out to vote in this election. Read more >>>


In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members. Read more >>>

Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

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 >>>

The Kansas AFL-CIO proudly went on record July 18th at our KS AFL-CIO COPE Convention with our endorsements for the November 4th Election. Click here. Vote Early! Read more >>>

AFT Kansas, KNEA, Unions, other educators and citizens marched from the National Historic Site of Brown vs Board of Education to the Kansas statehouse. AFT President Randi Weingarten made the trip to Topeka for the Raise Your Hand to Reclaim the Promise march and rally. Candidate for Governor and House Minority Leader Paul Davis was also among a number of speakers on a beautiful day. 

WHLF Remembers & Vows to Fight for the Living

On April 24th the Wichita-Hutcinson Labor Federation held their annual dinner to remember those Kansas workers who have lost their lives on the job and renew the commitment to fight for good safe jobs.

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The KS AFL-CIO encourages everyone in Kansas to check their voter registration to make sure you are properly registered. Because of new laws suppressing voter turnout, we say especially in Kansas - to check your voting registration information to see how you are registered, what races/districts you vote in, your polling place, your precinct and even your voting history. Just click here.

Finally!  A one-stop resource for people who want to buy union-made goods and services, Labor 411’s print and online directory provides greater visibility to union products and union-made goods and services and helps union decision makers ensure that their dollars and their values are connecting with the community at large. Go Here

 

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