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If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win.

Get fired up to vote for candidates who will support working people, not CEOs and corporations, this fall by listening to this song from AFL-CIO's Kirk Brungard (also a member of Electrical Workers [IBEW]). Music is by the infamous Johnny Cash, who was also a card-carrying American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) member.

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In the latest video from the Koch Sisters, Karen and Joyce express their outrage that the Koch Brothers are attacking the minimum wage, saying that billionaires trying to control how much the lowest-paid workers in the country get is "almost evil."

The Senate is poised to vote on the minimum wage this week. Call your senators at 888-492-8867 and tell them to vote "yes" on raising the minimum wage.

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Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

 These candidates and/or ballot measures which appear on the June, 2014 primary election ballot have been endorsed by the Tri-Counties Cental Labor Council. Read more >>>

Here are TCCLC's endorsements for the November 6th election.  Help vote for the candidates and measures that will protect California's working families! Read more >>>

Online Voter Registration Goes Live in California

Californians can now register to vote online.  If you aren't yet registered, go to https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ to get started.

L.A. Times calls Proposition 32 "A fraud to end all frauds"

LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik didn't mince words when he described Prop. 32 in last Sunday's paper. He called it out for what it is: "a lie" and "a fraud to end all frauds."

"In this state, we've come to expect ballot initiatives sponsored by business interests to be, essentially, frauds. But it's hard to conceive how one could be more fraudulent than Proposition 32. If there was any doubt left that the initiative process has been totally corrupted by big business and the wealthy, this should put it to rest for all time."
Read the full article on latimes.com

VOTE: TUESDAY JUNE 5, 2012!
Tri-Counties Central Labor Council endorsements for the June 2012 Primary election:
Help elect the candidates who will fight for working families!

State Senate: District 19: Jason Hodge
U.S. Congress: District 24: Lois Capps, District 26: Julia Brownley

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Tri-Counties Central Labor Council irepresents 70,000 members in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California.

The mission of the Labor Council is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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