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The Marquette Alger Community Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the U.P. Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO are pleased to announce the 25th Annual Labor Day Festival will be held in Ishpeming on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014. The Parade, Rally and Picnic are at the Cliffs Shaft Museum (Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park) near Lake Bancroft. Parade set up is at 9 am. The parade starts at 11am. Total parade length is 1.1 miles.

The theme for this year is "Labor: The “SILVER” Lining". We encourage Local Unions to march and enter floats in the parade that reflect this theme. Prizes for floats are 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place trophies. Please contact Tony Ghiringhelli (906) 236-3889, or Mike Thibault at (906) 346-9321 for details and to confirm your participation. Parade line up will be based upon a draw from the hat. Read more >>>

 The 24th U.P. Labor Education Conference “Economic & Social Justice” will be on September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Don H. Bottum University Center on the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette, MI.

A new UNION BUILT PC UB-Q410 Android 10.1 Tablet will be awarded to the winner in the door prize drawing. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Registration Deadline is September 15, 2014  

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 Marquette County Labor Council delegates recently voted unanimously for unification with the Delta County Trades and Labor Council, whose delegates also adopted the unification pact. The votes complete the procedural steps the two AFL-CIO chartered Labor Councils needed to take in order to unite with the jurisdictions of three other AFL-CIO bodies: the Dickinson-Iron Counties Labor Council, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Central Labor Council, and the Northwest Upper Peninsula Labor Council to build a united, region-wide organization, the Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation.  Read more >>>

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO State Legislative Update

Battles Continue . . .

It has been quite a challenging year for workers and their unions with the changes made in Lansing. See the legislative update on miaflcio.org/

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>

You know better than anyone that buying union-made products and services is a great way to stand in unity with our brothers and sisters. Thankfully, there is a clear option to do just that in the often crowded world of mobile carriers. With 45,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America, AT&T is the only national unionized wireless provider and is the clear choice for union members, their families and for the union staff working to promote their interests. Please help your locals demonstrate solidarity with their CWA brothers and sisters and enjoy discounts available to union members. Read more >>>

Inspired by a Woody Guthrie song, 1913 Massacre tells the story of a Michigan town broken by greed. The film follows musician Arlo Guthrie to the town of Calumet, a once-thriving mining town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie's ballad, '1913 Massacre.' 1913 Massacre captures the last living witnesses of the 1913 tragedy, reconstructs Calumet's past from individual memories, family legends and songs, and traces the legacy of the tragedy to the present day, when the town --out of work, out of money, out of luck -- struggles to survive. Read more >>>

Photos from Labor Day 2012

A Labor Day 2012 Photo Album has been added in the Photo Albums section. If you have photos you are willing to share and would like to see on the website please let us know.

Thank You for Helping to Make this Labor Day the Best Yet!

Photo Album: We ARE the People - Workers United Rally, Wed, April 13th

In excess of 1100 workers, students, seniors and their families representing the 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan attended the We ARE the People Workers United Rally at the steps of the county courthouse in Marquette, Michigan.April 13th, 2011

We ARE the People Photo Album

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