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LaborTalk and World of Labor
will resume on March 26.

LaborTalk - March 10, 2012

Union Members Should Vote for Candidates
Who Support a Federal Law on Worker Rights
Push for a Law to Guarantee the Right to Join Unions and Bargain

In the 2012 presidential elections, the nation’s unions have an opportunity to remedy a gross injustice to American workers. While our society permits bankers, industrialists, lawyers, and politicians to form their own organizations for their own benefit, working people face intimidating obstacles when they try to form or join a union to improve their lives.
Read this story in LaborTalk

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World of Labor – March 10, 2012

Women in Manufacturing Face Fourth Largest Pay Gap
Demand Saudi Arabian King End Slavery of Domestic Workers
Canadian Auto Union Donates $100,000 to Women’s Shelters
Central Asian Women Encounter Hardships as Migrants to Russia
Unions Press DHL to Guarantee Rights to All of Its Global Workforce
Brazil’s Trucker Strike Leaves Gas Pumps Near Empty in Sao Paulo
March 19, 2012 — Read Column

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Concepcion Picciotto
A 30-Year Continuous Fighter
For Peace and Social justice

For 30 years, in torrid summers and freezing winters, in hurricanes, snowstorms, and sub-zero weather, this indominateable woman lives in a small patch in front of Lafayette Park on the sidewalk across from the White House. Her day-and-night anti-nuclear peace vigil is perhaps the longest continual civic-political protest in U.S. history.

Read this story

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Tools for Union Organizing and Political Action

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An Interview:
Harry Kelber on the Failure of
the AFL, the Decline of Unions
and How to Turn It Around

In June 2011, Corporate Crime Reporter (CCR) interviewed Labor Educator Harry Kelber. Here is a link to CCR's website and the interview.

"At one time, Harry Kelber – who just turned 97 last week – was a conservative.

"But that was in high school."

Read the full interview
The site of Corporate Crime Reporter, edited by Russell Mokhiber

Revitalizing the AFL-CIO

By Ralph Nader
May 23, 2011, Commondreams

When Harry Kelber, the 96 year old relentless labor advocate and editor of The Labor Educator speaks, the leadership of the AFL-CIO should listen. A vigorous champion for the rights of rank-and-file workers vis-à-vis their corporate employers and their labor union leaders, Kelber has recently completed a series of five articles titled “Reasons Why the AFL-CIO Is Broken; Let Us Start a Debate on How to Fix It.”
Read the article

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Video, "AFL-CIO Tops Rig 2009 Election Rules To Stop Candidate Harry Kelber From Running"

Harry Kelber, a labor educator and journalist was prevented from running as a candidate for the AFL-CIO 2009 Executive Board election. Although there are 43 spots available no other candidates have even sought to get elected. In order to prevent Harry from running as he did at the last election the rules have been changed illegally to violate the constitution.
Watch Harry Kelber's Interview

Click here or above to watch video.

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'My Seventy Years
in the
Labor Movement'

10 Highlights of Harry Kelber's Unique Career

1. During the Great Depression, Harry led a four-month strike at a major food market in Brooklyn, N.Y, that ended with a good union contract.

2. At age 25, Harry was editor of two independent weekly labor newspapers that covered CIO organizing campaigns, as well as the activities of teamster and construction unions.

3. At age 50, Harry earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.A. and PhD. from New York University - all within 5-1/2 years.

4. In the 1962-63 printers' strike that shut down New York City's daily newspapers for 114 days, Harry was editor of the Daily Strike Bulletin.

5. As the legislative director of the Physicians Forum, Harry played a key role in winning social security for the nation's doctors.

6. In 1968, Harry created and became the first director of Cornell University's Two-Year Labor/Liberal Arts Program.

7. In recognition of his distinguished teaching career, Empire State College created the Dr. Harry Kelber Endowment in Labor Studies.

8. At age 70, Harry became the Educational and Cultural Director of Electrical Workers Local 3, I.B.E.W., a position he held for nearly six years.

9. In 1992, Harry led a week-long seminar in Moscow for 145 labor leaders of the former Soviet Union on the theme, "Democratic Unions in a Market Economy."

10. In 1995, at age 81, Harry ran for a vice president seat on the AFL-CIO Executive Council to force the first election ever, in which a rank-and-filer challenged incumbent officers.

You will be fascinated by the stories
each of Kelber's accomplishments
$25 per copy (includes mailing)
370 pages - 8 pages of photographs

Click here to purchase 'My Seventy Years in the Labor Movement.

Daily News, "Spotlight on Great People: His [Harry Kelber] 70-year battle for the rights of workers," by Clem Richardson, October 10, 2008
Read the article on Harry Kelber

Harry Kelber's poetic commentary on "CEO Lust,"
delivered at Labor Notes conference May 2006.
You can see and hear Harry reciting his poem by clicking below.
You can read Harry's poem by clicking here.

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