Over 300 Attend AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast In Manchester | New Hampshire Public Radio: “The AFL-CIO of New Hampshire held its annual Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester this morning. More than three hundred working men and women gathered to hear from Governor Lynch, Employment Security commissioner George Copadis, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and others.
The event’s featured guest and keynote speaker was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who says she came to New Hampshire not just to recognize New Hampshire’s workers, but to encourage them to get involved in the upcoming presidential and local elections.”
Union politics rule day | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Politics was the main course at the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast Monday. Gov. John Lynch joined other elected officials and candidates, mostly Democrats, in addressing hundreds of union workers at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Early in Lynch’s speech, the audience stood to applaud enthusiastically when he referred to the defeat, for the second year in a row, of right-to-work legislation.”
‘Under siege’: Survey gauges U.S. workers, middle class | SeacoastOnline.com: “David Lang of Hampton, president of the 2,000-member Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, said the upcoming election is vital because the state can’t afford to continue on its current path.
“We need to end the kind of public disdain for public employees,” Lang said. “You can’t call people who are dedicated to public safety ‘thugs’ and ‘parasites.’ It shows a real lack of political leadership that in tough economic times they don’t want to sit down and collaborate. When leaders are afraid to lead, they want to make you afraid of public employees.”
Lang believes the state “is at a crossroads,” not only for union members but for all workers.”
Rapid rollout of voter law creates confusion: “While its goals are laudable, New Hampshire legislators may not have considered fully the burdens their new Voter ID Law places on state and local government.
Local town clerks are busy registering new voters for the Sept. 11 primary in New Hampshire and the general election in November. But they are also letting voters know about the requirements of the new law.
Londonderry Town Clerk Meg Seymour said recently that she planned to attend a training session. Until then, she said, she is just advising new voters they will need a photo ID in the future.
“Right now, we’re crazy registering voters,” she said. “Everyone’s getting ready to go back to school.””
WGME 13 :: News – National News: “PORTSMLOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The steel that will be used to rebuild a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is expected to arrive in October.
The main contractor for the Memorial Bridge says the structural steel is being fabricated in Claremont.
A new concrete bridge deck also is planned for this fall.
Crews have run into debris in some of their drilling work on one of the piers. Contractor Archer Western says the wood, steel and old piping has slowed down some of their work. As a result, they have been working double shifts to catch up.
The new bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, is expected to be completed by July 2013. The old Memorial Bridge connected the two communities for nearly 90 years.”
Labor Day rally for janitors rights draws nearly 1,000 marchers – Metro Desk – Local news updates from The Boston Globe: “Hundreds of union workers marched from Boston Common to Copley Square this afternoon in a Labor Day rally supporting efforts to win 14,000 New England janitors the right to work full time — and receive benefits such as health insurance — when their contract expires at the end of the month.
“I’m here today because I’m proud of what I’m doing for this country and for my family,” said Silvia Clarke, who lives in Lowell. “We deserve a better life for all of us. When we are here today, we are saying to our companies that we want more because we deserve more. We do the job, they get the money.””
This Labor Day, Remember The Workers – New Hampshire Labor News: “For some, Labor Day is simply a date on the calendar marking the unofficial end of summer: a point where the seasons change, children are back in school, and the days start getting shorter.
For me, Labor Day is a time to commemorate the sacrifices and contributions of America’s workers. Our country’s history has been shaped by the men and women who work for a living. We are what makes America great, and Monday is our day.
This could not be more true after the roller coaster year we have had. In New Hampshire we successfully fought back against Right to Work for Less and the attacks on our collective bargaining rights. The Legislature tried to silence our voice and in turn made us stronger in our solidarity.”
It’s About Power Stupid!: Labor Day: Time to Think Big: “So much of our future hangs in the balance it is difficult not to offer up a set of opinions of what I think we should be doing to reverse the decline of unions and thus reverse the decline in wages, benefits and working conditions for millions of American workers. Literally dozens of Newspapers, Blogs, and more than a few TV shows today highlighted the fact that unions are singularly responsible for the creation of the American middle-class and with the weakening of unions that same middle-class living standard is disappearing.
It is always good to hear our leaders state in so many different ways that we are going to fight like hell to win this years election. Regardless of anyone’s opinion of President Obama’s record on delivering on his commitments to labor, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the cabal of reactionary operatives like Karl Rove and Grover Norquist represent an existential threat to unions. They are committed to waging war on our ability to fight for a fair economy that works for all of us.”
A great story from the daughter of an IBEW (local 134) Member in Illinois
My Father Built This: A Labor Day Reflection – Blogcritics Politics: “My father was a construction electrician. Attending trade school after World War II under the GI Bill (he was in the Army Air Force, serving in North Africa), he then apprenticed through the electrical workers union, the IBEW (Local 134). He made a good wage, especially for a man with only a high school diploma.
He worked hard and long hours, sometimes, always hoping for “overtime,” especially those Sunday, holiday and overnight shifts when he earned “double bubble” wages. He would point with pride as we would sometimes go into Downtown Chicago, traveling from our comfortable, but modest, home in the north suburbs, to the skyscrapers that make Chicago’s skyline one of the most beautiful in the world: the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower), the AON Building (then the Standard Oil Building), the John Hancock Building, McCormick Place, and so many others.”
Outside Democratic Convention 2012, Unions Call To ‘Organize The South’: “As two speakers pointed out, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, like many other Southern Republicans, is no fan of organized labor. At her state of the state speech earlier this year, the governor cited the low unionization rate there as a badge of pride, declaring, “We don’t have unions in South Carolina because we don’t need unions in South Carolina.”
“Coming from the North to the South, phew — it shook me a little bit,” said Lisa Kline, a Charlotte transplant who’s president of Unite Here Local 23, a hospitality workers union that represents employees at the Charlotte airport. “I put the blame on us — we’ve got to find more courage, we’ve got to develop more leaders.”
“Down here, we’re dealing with billion-dollar companies and workers being paid seven-something an hour,” Kline added. “How do they make it? I don’t know.””