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Hassle-Free Car Buying for Union Families

When you need a new car, truck or SUV and every dollar counts, it's time to use the Union Plus Auto Buying Service through TrueCar, our program partner.

Get upfront pricing in three minutes online from dealers right in your area.

Election Day Is Nov. 4. Are You Ready?

Election Day is quickly approaching—it's Nov. 4 this year, and we face a pretty big choice between a Congress that continues to obstruct any national progress and has already signaled they want to shut the government down again and one that will actually try to help working people, create jobs and grow economic opportunity for all, not just the wealthy and corporations. 

Make sure you have what you need on Election Day and visit MyVoteMyRight.org

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

U.S. Government Takes Historic Action to Enforce Labor Rules in Trade Agreement with Guatemala

Today, for the first time ever, the U.S. government announced that it will begin the formal consultations that are used to resolve trade disputes in the area of labor rights enforcement. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will finally move forward to arbitration in the long-running dispute with the government of Guatemala regarding whether or not Guatemala is meeting the labor commitments of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA or CAFTA). In announcing the decision, the USTR stated that the goal is to improve conditions that workers face every day.   

Workers Make OSHA Complaint About Unsafe Scott Walker Ad

In Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest ad, he is seen standing in a big hole. What some people might not realize is the unsafe example Walker is setting for workers in this field. Jeff Kaminski, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2006, representing workers at investor-owned utilities in the state, made an official complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and called for the commercial to be pulled from the air. Says Kaminski:

N.Y. Bike Share Workers Join Transport Workers

Next to food trucks, one of the fastest growing trends in cities across the country is bike sharing, with racks of bicycles for rent by the hour or longer positioned around town for easy pick up and drop off. But it takes dozens, and sometimes hundreds of workers, to make bike-sharing operations run smoothly. On Tuesday, the more than 200 workers in New York City’s Citi Bike program chose the Transport Workers (TWU) to help make their jobs run more smoothly, too.

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

6 Reasons Union Member Mike Michaud is a Candidate Who Cares About Working Families

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote for candidates who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few. We're going to focus our spotlight on some of the key candidates that care about working families, and one of those candidates is Mike Michaud, who is running for governor in Maine.  Here are six reasons why Michaud would be good for working people (after the jump). 

Study Takes Down T-Mobile’s ‘Facade of Good Behavior’ Toward Workers

If you looked at the list of awards T-Mobile has received over the past few years as a “Top Workplace,” “Best Place to Work,” “Best Employer,” etc., you might be knocking on the door to apply for a job—despite the history of National Labor Relations Board complaints against T-Mobile for its alleged mistreatment of workers.

Golden Gate Bridge Workers Stage ULP Strike

Members of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition on Tuesday held a one-day unfair labor practice strike at Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District offices near the bridge’s tollbooths. The 450 workers in the unions that make up the coalition have been working without a contract since July 1.

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