Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO

 

Luke Strong:  Unity and Hope

The power of unity and solidarity.  Video courtesy of affiliate union, USW District 8.

President Edwards attended the Baltimore Port Council meeting held at IBEW Local 24 on October 16 where Pete Demchuk, Business Manager of IBEW 24 was elected the new President of the Council and Jo

Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

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North America's Building Trades Unions' (NABTU) world-class registered apprenticeship programs train U.S. workers to become highly-skilled, six-figure earning construction workers through a debt-free, technologically-advanced education. These earn-as-you-learn programs pay family-sustaining wages and provide health care coverage and retirement benefits.

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Whereas, this system of slavery is recognized as being the most brutal, dehumanizing and humiliating known to history, as people were sold at auction as chattel, killed at will and families torn apart; and

Until last week, Li Zilles was one of the many nameless and faceless contractors toiling in the bowels of the internet, providing online services that might have been mistaken for the work of artificial intelligence.

The job: to transcribe audio files for the start-up Rev.com, churning out texts without clients ever knowing the name of the transcriber.

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