Call Now So You Don’t Get Creeped Out on Election Night

When Creepy the Clown elicited only screams and door slams during his first precinct walk, he knew he had to find another way to move voters to get out the vote and support working family candidates on Election Day.

Then he found www.aflcio.org/makeacall—and guess what? People started to listen when he talked about how important it is to vote on Election Day.

If Creepy the Clown can pick up the phone, so can you. So start making calls now and help make sure that as the results roll in on election night, it is a good night—not a scary one—for working families!

BTW, Creepy’s cousins Krusty and Killer are on the phones, too.

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A Very Spooky Punching In: Don’t Boo, Vote!

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Why right-wing politicians fear a Scott Walker loss

The failure of the anti-union approach is a spooky prospect to big donors.

Business groups have lost all hope for fast-track trade authority in the lame-duck session

But labor groups are still vigilant for the ghost of a dead bill.

Giant monster rat used in union protests found constitutional

Expect to see Scabby for a long time to come.

The evil secret of the Michigan “right to work” law

ACLU and others allege that “there was a concerted effort to prevent the public from witnessing the laws’ passage.”

Mike Michaud, Mark Schauer Among Hundreds of Union Member Candidates Running for Office

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Hundreds of union members are running for elective office this year. Some are first-timers running for local office. Others are incumbents seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. We’ve examined a few of these brave individuals willing to fight for working families, such as Don Norcross (running for New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District), Mike Michaud (running for Maine governor) and Mark Schauer (running for Michigan governor). Here are a few other key races where union members are running.

Al Franken, U.S. Senate, Minnesota: The incumbent is a member of three unions, the Writers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America.

Linda Sanchez, U.S. Congress, California’s 38th Congressional District: Sanchez is a member of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 and former secretary-treasurer of the Orange County Labor Federation.

Tami Green, Washington State Senate District 28: Green is currently a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and is seeking higher office. She is a member of the Washington State Nurses Association, AFT.

Dawn Morrell, Washington State House District 25-1. She is an incumbent seeking reelection and also a member of the Washington State Nurses Association, AFT.

Henry Yanez, Michigan House District 25: Yanez is a member of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1557 and a former member of UAW and IBEW.

Richard Onishi, Hawaii House District 3: Onishi is a member of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152.

Like we said above, these are just a few of the hundreds of union members running for office this year. Tell us who your favorite labor candidates are in the comments!

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Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

More than 1,000 Yale University graduate student employees, their allies and elected officials rallied on the Yale campus last week calling on the university’s administration to recognize their union and negotiate.

Aaron Greenberg, chairman of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO), said:

We are asking them to sit down and negotiate in the same way NYU and UConn found a way to sit down and talk to graduate employees there. That’s what we want Yale to do.

Graduate student employees at New York University and the University of Connecticut received recognition of their unions and are currently negotiating contracts with the schools.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D), who attended the march and rally, told the crowd:

You do the hard work of this university. This is a state that stands up for working class people. We have to stand up for you.

The students also unfurled (see photo below) a 525-foot banner displaying some 2,000 photographs of the graduate employees and their union and community allies, including Yale employees who are members of UNITE-HERE Local 34 and Local 35.

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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you’ve researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you’ve either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don’t feel like you’ve done enough to make sure that Tuesday’s election doesn’t turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers’ rights. What can you do?

Luckily, you still can make a big difference this election. It’s as easy as picking up the phone and making sure as many of your friends and neighbors show up to vote as possible. Nothing gets people to the polls like a reminder from someone they know that the election is important, and making calls is easy with our Friends and Neighbors tool.

Start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!

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Video Game Retailer GameStop Joins Movement to Boycott Black Thursday: Punching In

Colleges’ shift on four-year scholarships reflects players’ growing power

“These scholarship terms are about power and control, and what schools are willing to give up.”

Running on progressive values paying dividends for both parties in midterm campaign’s final days

Working America’s Matt Morrison: “[Mark Begich] gets that running on expanding Social Security has real value to his constituents. Being for something matters, giving people a clear choice when they’re voting.”

Video game retailer GameStop joins growing movement boycotting Black Thursday

“At GameStop we often use the phrase ‘protect the family’ in reference to our business. A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends.

Time Magazine cover was a “sucker punch to all teachers” says AFT President Weingarten

Randi Weingarten went on Morning Joe to talk about Time’s hit job on professional educators.

4 Important Things You Should Know if You’re Voting in Colorado

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Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 4. There are a lot of important races for working families across the country—and Colorado is a key state. Here are four important things you need to know if you are voting in Colorado.

1. You can still register to vote. Colorado allows voters to register up through and on Election Day. And registering is easy: You can register in person at your Voter Service and Polling Center. To find Voter Service and Polling Centers in your county, visit www.JustVoteColorado.org. If you aren’t sure about your registration, you can check and update your voter registration record.

2. You can vote early. Voting locations are open from now through Election Day. For Voter Service and Polling Centers in your area, go to www.JustVoteColorado.org to find out where you can cast your ballot.

3. You can mail your ballot in. If you already have requested and received your ballot through the mail, you still have time to send it and have it arrive by Election Day. If you put it in the mail by Friday (and remember to use two stamps), it should arrive on time. If you miss that deadline, you can still return your ballot to an approved voting location, which can be found online at www.JustVoteColorado.org.

4. Voting is easy. With so many options for Colorado voters, it’s a pretty easy process, but it’s even easier if you make a plan. Our handy-dandy Make a Plan tool will help you make sure that voting for working families is the smoothest part of your day.

Learn more about voting in Colorado this year.

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It’s A Referendum Alright…But Not On Obama: Punching In

It’s the ultraconservative state agenda, not Obama, that voters will consider on Tuesday

“You cannot shrink the size and scope of government to a point where you starve your public school system. We don’t want to become Kansas.”

After long legal drama, minimum wage increase will stay on Arkansas ballot

An effort to deprive voters of the chance to raise the wage was finally killed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Working Alaska’s ground game featured on public radio

“What we’re doing I believe when we come to folks’ doors with somebody who really cares, like myself is we’re cutting through a lot of that red tape, a lot of that misinformation that’s Spewed on radio, spewed on television, spewed blatantly on the Internet.”

Why 5.9 million voting-age Americans won’t be able to vote on Tuesday

Nearly 6 million people, many of them African-American, have been disenfranchised due to felony convictions.

 

While Christie Was Making Ebola Headlines, NJ Advanced A Statewide Paid Leave Law: Punching In

Scott Brown gets support of by deceased politician in New Hampshire

Newspaper runs anti-Jeanne Shaheen opinion piece from Marshall Cobleigh, who passed away in 2009.

Alaska Federation of Natives formally endorse Mark Begich is tight Senate race

The group, which rarely makes political endorsements, highlighted Senator Begich’s extensive travel in rural Alaska.

How ‘flexible’ schedules have become a trap for working parents

Not knowing your schedule ahead of time is the “new normal” in retail and service sectors.

Statewide paid sick days law advances in New Jersey

In the midst of Gov. Christie’s ebola theatrics, an Assembly committee passed a sick leave ordinance 6-3.

50,000 Voter Registrations in Georgia Disappeared, Secretary of State Not Giving Answers: Punching In

The 11 lies of Mitch “Myth” McConnell

In his reelection bid, the Kentucky Senator has stretched the truth on everything from coal to Kynect.

The 9 closest races for governor

Vox gives the rundown on the nation’s top bids for state executive, from Kansas to Massachusetts.

Nearly 50,000 voter registrations have vanished in Georgia

“We asked the Secretary of State to meet with us. We wanted to understand if we were doing something wrong, or if there was another database we didn’t have access to. But he refused to meet with us.”

Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski increasingly vocal on need to raise the minimum wage

“It is a joke that people have to work three jobs just to barely get by. This shouldn’t be what this country stands for.”