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New grant for vets helps AFSCME member buy first home

August 31, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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Army veteran Carlos Leon--also an AFSCME Local 486 leader--is a solid example of the resiliency of the American worker. This former infantryman went from high school dropout to college grad and LA County Probation Officer. Find out how he got help from the new Union Plus Veterans Mortgage Grant program to become a happy new homeowner. Read more

[QUIZ] The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA was formed!

August 20, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
On August 22, 1945 Flight attendants form what is now known as the Association of Flight Attendants. These flight attendants were reacting to an industry in which women were forced to adhere to appearance requirements and many other degrading limitations. Read more

[QUIZ] The Social Security Act of 1935

August 13, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act. This act guarantees, for the first time EVER, income for retirees and creates a system of unemployment benefits. Read more

[QUIZ] What do you know about Cesar Chavez?

August 6, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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On August 8, 1994, Cesar Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, becoming the first Mexican-American to receive this honor. Read more

[QUIZ] The Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

July 30, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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On July 28, 1913, silk workers staged a strike demanding for an 8-hour work day and improved working conditions. Read more

[QUIZ] The 1877 St. Louis General Strike

July 23, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
On July 25, 1877, workers staged what is believed to be the first general strike in the United States. Read more

[VIDEO] President Leslie Tolf talks organizing, television, and solidarity on the Rick Show

July 16, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |

 Did you watch the prison workers organizing in Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black and think, "Privatization, untrained workers, obliterated benefits...yup, it's all right there!"? Well, we did too, and Union Plus President Leslie Tolf hopped on the Rick Smith Show to talk about it. 

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[QUIZ] The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

July 16, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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Think you know about labor union history? Put your knowledge to the test with this quiz about the Great Uprising Strike of 1877. Read more

[QUIZ] The March of the Mill Children

July 9, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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How much do you know about this famous labor event? Read more

Union Is the New Black: Labor Organizing in Orange Is the New Black, And What It Means For You

July 8, 2015 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |

In its third season with Netflix, Orange Is the New Black has had a significant effect on America's consciousness regarding: race, women and incarceration, and transgender issues. This season highlighted many character backstories, but personally, the most interesting plot-line was that of the security guards and their efforts to organize a potential union. Leslie Tolf talks labor issues in popular culture and television in her new Huff Post article.

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