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  • Steeler Nation fights its way back

    September 13, 2009By John Wojcik

    It was crazy here Thursday night. The sportscaster on the huge flat screen at one of the bars on Smithfield Street was talking about how the Steelers continue to amaze him, what with the huge following they have all over the country.

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  • Obama speech boosts labor activist's fighting spirit

    September 13, 2009By John Wojcik

    President Barack Obama’s dramatic re-framing of the national debate on health care this week has electrified labor leaders, progressive activists, union journalists and others pouring into the Steel City this week in advance of the AFL-CIO convention that opens here Sept. 10 and a meeting of leaders of the G-20 nations that will convene a week later.

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  • Senate health bill protested at labor convention

    September 13, 2009By John Wojcik

    PITTSBURGH- Delegates, alternates and others at the 26th AFL-CIO convention who are from states with Senators who serve on the Senate’s Finance Committee began calling those lawmakers Tuesday afternoon from the convention floor telling them that the bill they have drafted is unacceptable and that it must be fixed.

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  • Obama:‘Workers will lead the nation out of crisis’

    September 13, 2009By John Wojcik

    The president of the United States stated clearly to 20,000 at the AFL-CIO’s Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati whose side he is on.

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  • Needed: 122,000 jobs per month

    September 13, 2009By John Wojcik

    As union delegates from around the country prepare to head to the AFL-CIO’s 2009 convention in Pittsburgh Sept. 13, they bring a determination to fight for an economy that works for the great majority of Americans.

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  • Workers face big challenges, economists warn

    September 10, 2009By John Wojcik

    As union delegates from around the country prepare to head to the AFL-CIO’s 2009 convention in Pittsburgh Sept. 13, they bring a determination to fight for an economy that works for the great majority of Americans.

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  • Two Labor Day wishes

    September 05, 2009By John Wojcik

    If two big things could happen this fall we’d have a shot at re-creating the middle class society workers enjoyed in the past.

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  • Obama to address AFL-CIO convention

    September 04, 2009By John Wojcik

    President Obama will speak at the AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh on Sept. 15, the White House announced yesterday. The speech will once again dramatize the new relationship between the labor movement and the Oval Office, following as it does, private meetings, bill signings and other ceremonies to which the president has invited many of the nation's top labor leaders.

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  • McCain wins White House!

    September 03, 2009By John Wojcik

    A year ago on Labor Day, the nightmare scenario described in the headline above was still a real possibility. Labor and its allies went on to make sure that something quite different unfolded, but what if it had actually happened the way the headline says it did?

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  • Trumka draws line in the sand on health care

    September 02, 2009By John Wojcik

    AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, Richard Trumka, has drawn a line in the sand on health care reform, saying that Congress must include a strong public plan option in the final bill in order for labor to back it.

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