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Baayork Lee, who made her Broadway debut at the age of five as “Princess Ying Yaowalak” in the 1951 original production of The King and I and went on to a career as actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author, is the recipient of the 2014 Actors’ Equity (AEA) Paul Robeson Award.
Rosie the Riveter was somebody who made it into a popular song, the cover of a Saturday Evening Post and the modern feminist movement. But like many things in our culture, her actual appearance was different from what the media portrayed. In researching this, I was rather amazed at the number of women who were supposedly the real Rosie.
Welcome to our regular feature that takes a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.
Alaska has a long history of politicians who fight for the state and it's working families. Alaska's workers and unions have long supported candidates of either party when that candidate was the best choice. But Dan Sullivan isn't one of those politicians. On issue after issue, Sullivan has sided against Alaskans in favor of supporting special interests, and he won't join the long bipartisan tradition of fighting for Alaskans.
The AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund announced that it has surpassed $5 billion in market value through investments by more than 75 union, Taft-Hartley and public employee pension funds. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:
Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).
A group of Walmart workers marched today from the AFL-CIO to the Washington, D.C., Walton Family Foundation's offices to deliver more signatures from 1,710 Walmart stores in all 50 states asking Walmart to publicly commit to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time hours.
In this week’s debate between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, Snyder ignored the advice Sgt. Joe Friday in “Dragnet” always proffered to witnesses and suspects, “Just the facts” when it came to his record on education, jobs and the economy. That’s alright. The good folks at You Got Schooled 2014 have the facts that Snyder ignored.
In a letter to President Barack Obama about the growing concern over Ebola in the United States, the National Nurses United (NNU) urged the president to “invoke his executive authority” to order all U.S. hospitals to meet the highest “uniform, national standards and protocols” in order to “safely protect patients, all health care workers and the public.”
Thousands of members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), other local labor union members, parents, students, community groups and elected leaders are taking to the streets today to fight back against actions taken by Gov. Tom Corbett and Mayor Nutter’s cronies to further dismantle and defund the Philadelphia public school system. In a shocking example of what happens when anti-worker politicians get elected, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers lost their contract last week through a unilateral decision by Gov. Corbett’s and Mayor Nutter’s appointees.
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