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In a 5-to-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Illinois home care workers who benefit from higher wages and better working conditions that their union negotiated for—but who choose not to join—do not have to pay their fair share of the cost of the union’s bargaining for and representation of all workers. Text STRENGTH to 235246 to fight back against these attacks on working families. The suit was filed in 2010 by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an extreme anti-worker group whose funders include billionaires like the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation and the Walton Family [of Walmart] Foundation. But the suit was dismissed first by a federal district court and then again on appeal by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court agreed to hear it in October. Read more >>>

The Nose Knows

The firehouse dog has long kept watch over the fire trucks (and before that fire horses) and has been the faithful companion riding alongside the firefighters on their way to save lives. But now dogs are being used in an innovative way to save the lives of the firefighters.

More than one year ago, the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation contacted Mike Butkus, the chief steward of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2 in Chicago, and asked if he wanted to participate in a new program where dogs are trained to detect cancer in humans who have the early stages of the disease. Butkus said he would give it a try. Read the full article>>>

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The Ross-Highland Counties Ohio Labor Council, AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing over [NUMBER] members of [NUMBER] unions throughout Ohio. The mission of the Ross-Highland Counties Ohio Labor Council, AFL-CIO 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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