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Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/ Read more >>>

 U.P. Labor-Management Council
2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

"Table Talk: Focus on Bargaining"

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Island Resort & Casino
Conference Center
Harris, Michigan

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Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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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 >>>

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/

Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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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