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DECATUR, IL - We Are One Community, the charitable giving fund of working families, will be distributing $15,600 in grants to 22 local charities to celebr

The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

DECATUR, IL - The Legislative Committee of Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly, representing more than 13,000 union members in Macon County, has announced their endorsements for the offices of Decatur Mayor, Decatur City Council, School Board, Richland Community College Board and Decatur Township.

 In the race for Decatur Mayor, they have endorsed Julie Moore Wolfe.

 In the race for Decatur City Council, they have endorsed Chris Riley, Marty Watkins and David Horn.

We are excited to announce that working families in Macon County have joined in solidarity to create the We Are One Community fund and we encourage your support.

In a tradition of giving back where we live, work and retire - We Are One Community is a charitable giving fund created to help working families make a bigger difference through collective giving. The not-for-profit, tax deductible, donor-advised fund is housed at The Community Foundation and promises to award 100% of all personal donations to local charities.

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.

“Women are more activist than men,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, “and understand that Clinton supports collective bargaining, raising the minimum wage and paid time off for illness and family care.” This year the AFL-CIO is targeting women as an individual voting group for the first time in a presidential race. Earlier this month 15,000 women, three times as many as expected, joined a conference call Shuler led to discuss strategies for convincing coworkers and relatives to vote for Clinton. 

One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material. 

“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”

Tefere, the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, has been a proud union member for most of his life, valuing the freedom of people to come together in union.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, Augusta Thomas witnessed the extreme measures elected officials would take to prevent African-American men from voting.
Culinary worker Brittany Bronson talks not only about the benefits of joining her union, but also about the opportunities being part of a unionized workforce offer women, particularly women who have long careers in the workforce.

Anniversaries can be celebratory or somber. Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it is the kind of anniversary in which we hail the success of the act, while also acknowledging the deficiencies in our democracy that make the full act necessary.