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If you want to do a compare and contrast about card check and the secret ballot method of organizing a union in the workplace, Workday Minnesota’s recent post, Videos about the Employee Free Choice Act, offers two informative videos produced by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service.

 

The first one shows a successful voluntary card check while the second is a grim reminder of how poorly the present system works.

 

 

 

 

 

There has been much hysteria about the Employee Free Choice Act and many in the main stream media have been too lazy to find out what works and what doesn’t work. Or, maybe they just don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them.

 

Corporate America has amassed a huge war chest to campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act. In an effort to get the truth out about this critical legislation the AFL-CIO has established the Turn Around America Fund. Please consider a contribution today. Help bring prosperity to all of America.

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CHC 

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Sign the petition here

 

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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka delivered this fiery speech at the United Steelworkers convention in July of this year. Take the time to watch it. It is worth it.

 

 

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CHC

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John McCain needs to just go through the motions before he is passed the Republican torch from G.W.  in Minneapolis this summerObama and Clinton will continue to slug it out and spend precious resources seeking the Democratic nomination.  I am not about to predict a winner on the Democratic side but can say this: McCain will be more of the same and working stiffs like myself will find it hard to endure another Republican administration.  The following PowerPoint presentation created by the AFL-CIO  is just the beginning of shedding the light on the real McCain and the urgency of working hard to realize a Democratic victory in November.

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 Here is an additional  fact sheet prepared by the AFL-CIO on the real McCain: mccain-facts.pdf

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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Health care has been one of the major issues of this current presidential campaign. Minnesota Central, a frequent visitor to Corner House comments, has left a comment about one of my previous posts which mentioned this issue and H. R. 676. Introduced by Representative John Conyers (D), of Michigan, HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident.

A recent email from Unions for a Single Payer described H. R. 676 as this:
HR 676 would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical
care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient
services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental
health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for
substance abuse), vision care, chiropractic and long term care.  HR 676
ends deductibles and co-payments.  HR 676 would save billions annually by
eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance
industry and HMOs.

HR 676 currently has 88 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers. Currently, the only member of the Minnesota congressional delegation that I am aware of to sign on as a co-sponsor is Rep. Keith Ellison, (DFL) from the 5th CD.

HR 676 has been endorsed by 367 union organizations in 48 states including
95 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 32 state
AFL-CIO’s (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO,
MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL & CA). The Minnesota AFL-CIO is one of the state federations that has passed a resolution of support.

UPDATE: 02/10/2008: additional endorsers of HR676 in Minnesota include: Duluth Central Labor Body/AFL-CIO, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE), Southern Dakota County Labor Council/ AFL-CIO, Apple Valley, MN, Minnesota State Council of Machinists, IAMAW, Vandais Heights, MN, Council 5, AFSCME, St. Paul, MN,  and United Steelworkers (USW) Region 10 (which includes Minnesota).

Jason over at IDHA takes a look at the issue and the recent recommendations from the Minnesota’s task force appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

It is always good to have thoughtful dialogue about the issues but I think we have about maxed out on dialogue, task forces, and commissions. The health care system is not a crisis, it is a disaster! Conyers’s H. R. 676 is ready to act on whenever our political leaders decide to stop talking and start passing legislation.

Contact your representatives and tell them to support H. R. 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act.

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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Five years ago on October 25 the labor movement, the State of Minnesota, and the nation lost a great friend and Senator in a tragic airplane crash in northern Minnesota. Sheila Wellstone, his wife and a strong voice on the issue of domestic violence, was also lost along with their daughter, Marcia Wellstone Markuson. Friends and confidants Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, and Will McLaughlin also perished.

I remember the day clearly as I was working and a coworker came up to me and asked if I had heard that the Senator’s plane had crashed. I couldn’t believe it and I did not want to believe it. I could think of nothing else the rest of the day and as soon as I punched out I raced to my car to turn on the radio. The news announcer confirmed what I didn’t want to hear. Senator Wellstone had been killed in an airplane crash. It was a long tearful drive home. Our lives would change forever.

I had been blessed to have many opportunities to meet the Senator and his wife Sheila. It was always exciting and energizing. I was always impressed with his decisions to take stands on controversial issues despite the political fallout. Paul Wellstone’s courage on the Iraq War resolution is something we see little of today.

The last time I saw Paul and Sheila Wellstone was in early August of 2002 at the Minnsota AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Duluth, Minnesota. It was a happy and exciting time. As usual, Paul had energized the delegates and we were eager to go out and work hard on his re-election.

I had an opportunity to take these pictures at a poolside rally for Senator Wellstone. Please excuse the quality as I had an older digital camera at the time and it was hard to capture the Senator standing still. Click on the pictures for a larger image. For additional information and pictures about Senator Wellstone and his wife Sheila go to the Wellstone Action online archive.

Delegates to the 2002 MN AFL-CIO convention wait poolside for Senator Wellstone. Can you find Paul in the crowd?

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This was a familiar sight as Senator Wellstone energizes the crowd!

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Alan Netland, President of the Duluth Central Labor Council enjoys a moment with the late Senator Paul Wellstone. Netland now also serves as the President of the Northeast Area Labor Council.

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Sheila and Paul Wellstone with Alan Netland at the 2002 MN AFL-CIO convention in Duluth.

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Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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