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If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win.

Get fired up to vote for candidates who will support working people, not CEOs and corporations, this fall by listening to this song from AFL-CIO's Kirk Brungard (also a member of Electrical Workers [IBEW]). Music is by the infamous Johnny Cash, who was also a card-carrying American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) member.

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In the latest video from the Koch Sisters, Karen and Joyce express their outrage that the Koch Brothers are attacking the minimum wage, saying that billionaires trying to control how much the lowest-paid workers in the country get is "almost evil."

The Senate is poised to vote on the minimum wage this week. Call your senators at 888-492-8867 and tell them to vote "yes" on raising the minimum wage.

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Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

Labor Day Picnic

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 >>>

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 >>>

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

VITA is a national program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and operated by local volunteers to provide free, confidential and secure preparation and e-filing of federal tax returns to qualified taxpayers.

Partners of the United Way of Palm Beach County’s VITA Program include: 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Bank of America, Chase Bank, Fifth Third Bank, the Internal Revenue Service, PNC Bank, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and Wells Fargo Bank.

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka Endorses United Way Worldwide

Are your members confused about retirement? Facing job loss? Want to get out of debt?

This free training is provided to your local through the AFL-CIO Community Services Program. It has been tailored specifically for the needs of union members. The program was developed by the National Labor College's Investor Education Project and made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation

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