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Basics of Effective Communication (By Larry Casey) Though it is an integral part of every union leader’s job, communication will always remain a distinctly personal art. No two persons communicate alike any more than they are quite alike in other respects. This factor of individual differences obviously makes it undesirable – even if it were possible – to attempt to reduce good communication to any kind of formula or definitive “rules of conduct”. Read more »

Labor Education Service offers labor studies skills courses

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is offering a series of non-credit, labor studies skills courses that provide a foundation in “nuts & bolts” areas important to working people. Classes are open to all. Sessions are held on the West Bank of the University’s Minneapolis campus. To obtain a brochure with the registration form, call 612-624-5020 or see the LES website.

The 2011-2012 schedule:

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APNewsBreak: Some unions to skip 2012 convention

About a dozen trade unions plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they're angry that it's being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven't done enough to create jobs.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5igpv1TMnaSD6BMZfN7Z3YO...

Workers Must Unite, Mobilize Millions

Carl Davidson is an Associate member of the United Steelworkers. He recently wrote a provocative piece for the USW blog. Brother Davidson gave us some food for thought about international labor and class solidarity solidarity. Any of us can contribute the the Steelworkers blog.

http://blog.usw.org/2011/08/11/workers-must-unite-mobilize-millions/

Safety Materials for Workers

CPWR provides practical information for construction workers in many formats. Publications - some in Spanish - include hazard alerts for workers, fliers, booklets, and access to all of the information on it's online library eLCOSH.

http://www.cpwr.com/rp-materials_for_workers.html

Building Trades voice support for locked-out sugar workers

Darrell Lende of the Northwest Building Trades Council spoke on behalf of the state's 50,000 Building Trades members at a massive rally Aug. 11 for workers locked out by American Crystal Sugar in the Red River Valley. Some 1,300 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco & Grain Millers union were barred from their jobs Aug. 1 after they rejected Crystal Sugar’s contract offer by an overwhelming margin. Read more »

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died ...A Letter From Michael Moore

From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). 

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/645360/30_years_ago_today%3...

The singing iron worker of the 2nd Avenue subway: A "Summer Wind" breezes through downtown

A new subway line is being built in New York City on the east side of Central Park. Its loud, dirty, noisy, and a general pain in the neck for anyone traveling through that part of town. It also involves a lot of union trades workers with good jobs who are creating a much easier option for anybody trying to get around NYC in the future. Amidst all the noise and dust is Gary Russo from Iron Workers Local 40 who has decided to help alleviate the situation- with song. Read more »

Congresswoman McCollum and State Leaders Host Town Hall

On Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00pm, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) will be joined by legislators from Minnesota State Senate District 64 at public town hall at Saint Catherine University. Congresswoman McCollum will discuss recent events in Washington, DC. Residents are invited to join a conversation about federal and state issues impacting our community.

WHO: Congresswoman Betty McCollum, State Representative Erin Murphy DFL-64A 

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 7:00-8:00 PM Read more »

A Vision for Economic Renewal – An American Jobs Agenda

America is facing a catastrophic jobs crisis. Not since the Great Depression has official unemployment hovered above nine percent – where it is today – for more than 20 months. Millions of American have given up looking for a job altogether. 

http://blog.usw.org/2011/07/25/a-vision-for-economic-renewal-–-an-american-jobs-agenda/