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Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. 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 >>>

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 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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