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Written by Liz for the NH Labor News
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The “union-avoidance” industry isn’t taking the election results lying down.  The Andrew Breitbarts of the world are already busy spinning the Hostess Brands liquidation and Wednesday’s planned protest in Los Angeles.  (If you’re wondering: there may be delays on surface streets around LAX – but the protest is not expected to impact any air travel.)

In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’re probably going to hear a lot of other anti-union stories in the media.  (The union-busters have a lot of money to spend on PR.)

What you’re probably not going to hear is how union members nationwide are celebrating the holiday.  A quick sampling:

  • In Palm Beach, Florida, labor unions are part of “The Big Heart Brigade”.  Last Thanksgiving, the Brigade fed 100,000 people – and they are hoping to feed even more, this year.   “Several local unions have already donated time and funds to help, including Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 630, Ironworkers Local 402, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 728, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3181 and Machinists (IAM) Local 971.”
  • Near Los Angeles, ILWU Local 13 is holding their 15th annual “Feed the Community Day”.  They will be distributing 1,500 turkey baskets with all the trimmings to help feed low-income families in surrounding communities.
  • Throughout the country, IAFF Locals are giving coats to kids through “Operation Warm”. IAFF Local 157 is distributing more than 2,000 coats to needy children in Oklahoma City, OK.  IAFF Local 215 is giving away almost 1,000 coats in Milwaukee, WI.  In New Jersey, IAFF Local 2657 is donating 350 coats.  In Pennsylvania, IAFF Local 10 plans to give a new coat to every single child who attends George Washington Elementary School, after firefighters noticed that most students didn’t have anything warmer than a hooded sweatshirt (87% of the school’s families live at or below the poverty line).
  • And of course, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will continue through the holiday.  Nationwide, union members are contributing to various Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds.  Union members in the hardest-hit areas will continue to do what they have been doing for weeks: cleaning up, fixing up, and taking care of the people around them.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our union brothers and sisters.  Our union family is not just standing behind us in our workplaces – unions are giving back to our communities, making things better for families in need.


Originally posted to The New Hampshire Labor News on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:11 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    Together We Can Fight Back Against The Attacks On Labor In America

    by NH LABOR NEWS on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:11:24 AM PST

  •  Here Is A "Happy" Store (0+ / 0-)

    I often mention here I was raised in a Republican family.

    I never had my parents shove their view down my throat.

    But alas I heard many stories about unions and they were all positive.

    Taught that not that many years ago if you tried to build something that wasn't union, well it might burn to the ground. You NEVER cross a picket line. Never! You just don't FUCK with a union. Never. Ever.

    This is one of the many things I don't get ......

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:19:59 AM PST

    •  taught that unions are violent criminals (1+ / 0-)
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      at a young age.  well, ok.

    •  I too was never taught to cross picket lines (1+ / 0-)
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      because I was given the opportunity to walk one with my father at a young age.  And nothing burned down.  You don't cross them out of respect and support, not out of fear.

    •  We stand for (0+ / 0-)


      not fear.

      Our aim is to engage in

      Collective BARGAINING

      not crime.

      The vast majority of the violence has been directed at us, not by us, including massacres of men, women, and children:

      We have been shot, framed, jailed, and hung simply for demanding a contract to protect us as we earn our living.

      Furthermore, we die on the job every day as the Corporations ignore safety laws and regulations, and put profits above people's lives.

      Plz, do not further this right wing meme of "union thugs." The real thug is the Corporation who chews up workers and will do whatever it takes to crush their Unions.


      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

      by JayRaye on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:14:08 AM PST

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  •  You might add '' to your list (1+ / 0-)
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    of charities for best ROI.  2000% return on investment on erasing debt for folks being hounded (or about to be) by debt collectors for 5 cents on the dollar buy buying debt at auctions and erasing it.  But thanks to all of these unions for what they're already doing, thanks for continuing to fight for all of us, and thanks for everything unions have done for this country in the past.

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