Congratulations to the seven lucky National Education Association (NEA) members who today won top prizes in the AFL-CIO Winning Together Contest by displaying their knowledge of the power of union solidarity.
The contest was sponsored by the federation’s Unity Partnerships project and was open to NEA members and staff attending the NEA Representative Assembly Expo in San Diego this week.
To enter the contest, participants answered a question about the combined voting strength of NEA and AFL-CIO active and retired households in their home states. Those who answered correctly were eligible for the grand prize and two second prizes. Everyone who submitted an answer was eligible for one of three third prizes.
In today’s drawing, Carol Sampsel of State College, Pa., won the grand prize of a $1,000 Costco gift certificate. Sampsel says, “I Just got a new place to live, so this will come in handy!”
The second prize winners, who each receive an AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8320 cell phone, are:
- Angela Gonzalez of Miami, Fla.
- Nancy Gentis of Las Vegas, Nev.
- Claudia Bock of Newark, Del.
And the three winners of the third prize—an AT&T Samsung SGH-a737 cell phone—are:
- Lynette Wright of Elburn, Ill.
- Mary Mayof Nashville, Tenn.
- Amy Peel of Reno, Nev.
Unity Partnerships is a groundbreaking agreement between the national AFL-CIO and the NEA that allows local NEA associations to affiliate directly with the AFL-CIO. The program is supported by the AFT, a longtime AFL-CIO affiliate.
Guess who’s joining the campaign for the Employee Free Choice Act in Maine?
It’s state Rep. Jim Campbell, a Republican who is defying the expectations of pundits and corporate shills by supporting workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain. He has appeared at public events around the state and written in local news outlets to show his support for the Employee Free Choice Act.
Here’s what Campbell says about the need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act and its importance to rebuilding the economy:
Common-sense solutions should be used to create good jobs that can support a family and put money back into our economy. Historically, no institution has been as effective at improving the quality of life for working families as membership in a union. Union members earn better wages, have better health care coverage and can count on a more secure retirement than nonunion workers.
||Arkansas union members rally for Employee Free Choice.
While Campbell joins the grassroots campaign in Maine, union members and allies across the country have been busy during this week’s congressional recess. Here are some highlights from the fight for Employee Free Choice:
- In Minnesota this week, Sen. Al Franken, who supports the Employee Free Choice Act, thanked his “brothers and sisters” in the union movement who worked hard during his campaign. He said his own union membership helped him to get health care. Congratulations again to Minnesota’s newest pro-worker senator, who will be a valuable voice in Washington.
- In Louisiana, union members, faith leaders and other supporters of the freedom to form unions are kicking off a petition drive and a new round of visits to the offices of their U.S. senators.
- Members of the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) in Virginia are holding working lunches to write letters to their senators supporting Employee Free Choice. Union members also are holding working lunches in Wisconsin.
- In Arkansas, union members and allies are getting ready for a major push on the Employee Free Choice Act over the next week that will include rallies and town hall meetings. They continue to deliver thousands of handwritten letters to their senators.
- In Colorado, union members are remembering the past by honoring the miners of Ludlow and looking to the future by gathering local support for the Employee Free Choice Act from workers and small business leaders.