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In a 5-to-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Illinois home care workers who benefit from higher wages and better working conditions that their union negotiated for—but who choose not to join—do not have to pay their fair share of the cost of the union’s bargaining for and representation of all workers. Text STRENGTH to 235246 to fight back against these attacks on working families. The suit was filed in 2010 by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an extreme anti-worker group whose funders include billionaires like the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation and the Walton Family [of Walmart] Foundation. But the suit was dismissed first by a federal district court and then again on appeal by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court agreed to hear it in October. 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.
The Nose Knows
The firehouse dog has long kept watch over the fire trucks (and before that fire horses) and has been the faithful companion riding alongside the firefighters on their way to save lives. But now dogs are being used in an innovative way to save the lives of the firefighters.
More than one year ago, the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation contacted Mike Butkus, the chief steward of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2 in Chicago, and asked if he wanted to participate in a new program where dogs are trained to detect cancer in humans who have the early stages of the disease. Butkus said he would give it a try. Read the full article>>>
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.Read more >>>
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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