Join Occupy College Teach-Ins

by  Liz Shuler

Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer

On more than 120 college and university campuses around the nation, Occupy College activists will hold teach-instomorrow and Thursday focusing on vital education issues such as solutions to soaring student debt, reducing the cost of education, improving the quality of education and more. The teach-ins are in preparation the March 1 National Day of Action for Education.

You can follow the teach-ins on Twitter with the hashtag @occupycolleges, here on Facebook and here for more information.

The AFL-CIO stands in support with the students of Occupy Colleges as they fight to keep the cost of a quality college education affordable, oppose the corporatization of public education, support job creation efforts to increase the number of opportunities available to young people after graduation and organize to fight the influence of corporate money in American democracy.

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Deadeline for “Next Up” Young Workers Summit Extended

by James Parks

The deadline for the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit has been extended to Sept. 9 and there is a new reduced registration fee of $25. Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a creative, dynamic summit designed for young workers, by young workers.

Hundreds of young workers between the ages of 18 and 34 from across the nation and union movement will converge  in Minneapolis Sept. 29-Oct. 2 to focus on building a collective vision for a new generation of working people in the country.

If you are a young union member, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting and important moment to create and mobilize for a new America based on social and economic justice. Click here to register for the Next Up Summit and here to learn more about this year’s conference.

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Union and Progressive Activists Join Forces at Netroots Nation

by Tula Connell

Netroots Nation, the annual conference for online activists, is on next week, June 16-19, in Minneapolis. The union movement has a big presence there, as we seek to work more closely with our progressive allies in the netroots community. Here are some highlights:

• AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler is taking part in a June 17 lunch panel to talk about breaking down economic barriers that keep many Americans from moving ahead, especially young people, women and communities of color. She is joined by communications consultant Anat Shenker-Osorio and hip-hop artist Rha Goddess.

• Minnesota local labor and progressive activists will showcase how they created strong coalitions to elect a Democratic governor in 2010 and move key progressive priorities, including Tax the Rich legislation. The panel offers a spot of sun in this ugly state legislation session and an opportunity to meet local activists.

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Ten Things We Liked About the Labor Movement in 2010

By Stuart Elliott

Mary Kay Henry

1. NEW LEADERSHIP IN SEIU AND UAW. We welcome the elections of Mary Kay Henry and Bob King to the presidency of the SEIU and UAW, respectively. The election of a woman to the top role in the nation’s largest union illustrates the growing role of women in the leadership of the labor movement. Under the new leaders SEIU quickly settled its debilitating raid on UNITE HERE, and both SEIU and UAW mobilized their memberships for the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington.

2. THE ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER RALLY: Numerous unions mobilized their East Coast memberships to participate in the October 2 rally in Washington, D.C. The result was a solid tribute to the racial and cultural diversity of the U.S. labor movement.

3. LABOURSTART, the international labor news and campaigning site, is run on a shoestring and powered by nearly 800 volunteer correspondents. Every day the site publishes links to labor news in 23 different languages, and its news feeds appear on more than 800 union websites. It conducts e-mail campaigns in eight different languages. It can be found at

In 2010, LabourStart held its first public international solidarity conference in Hamilton, Canada. The conference attracted over 200 participants from more than 28 countries, including national union presidents, representatives of Global Union Federations, local union officers, staffers and grassroots activists. We also like UnionBook, a LabourStart project to create an ad-free, non-corporate alternative to Facebook.

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