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The 2017 Convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO was compressed and cut short by the threat of a hurricane evacuation but was still well-attended.  The annual meeting was held in the coastal city

Columbia CLC participation in the 2017 Columbia Christmas Parade came off as a success according to CLC members and SC AFL-CIO Pres.

Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us.

Jonah Edelman, chief executive of Stand for Children, and AFT President Randi Weingarten write in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that "President Trump wants to siphon billions of dollars from public schools to fund private and religious school vouchers. It’s an idea that’s bad for kids, public education and our democracy."

United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard writes in the Huffington Post, "To justify withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, President Trump said during his press conference today, 'I was elected to represent the city of Pittsburgh, not Paris.'

"From terrible experience, Pittsburghers know about pollution."

Read the full article in the Huffington Post.

Cans and dry goods were collected by the Chad Panzer agency of American Income Life Insurance Company.  They were brought to Columbia by Bill Sauers and sorted by members of the Columbia CLC.  They will be distributed to families in need by the SC AFL-CIO. (Pictured left to right: Donna Dewitt, CWA 3207; Ann Swartz, AFGE 1915; Sandy Squirewell, ITPEU 4873; Liz O'Caine CWA 3207; and Harold Geddings SMART 399.)

The Annual King Day at the Dome drew thousands to the South Carolina Statehouse(Mon., 1/16/17), honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Participants marched down Main St. and then listened to speakers on the front grounds of the Statehouse for a few hours, including the SC NAACP.  

Representatives of the Columbia CLC carried a banner with a quotation from King(pictured).

Color Gaurd Members and Officers of the International Association of Firefighters Local #793, honoring Becky Kitchen Jetzke with their International Flag following the death of her husband James Jetzke.  The presentation was made during the meeting of the Greater Columbia Central Labor Council at SC AFL-CIO offices Tuesday night.  Jetzke died of a sudden medical condition.

Sheet metal worker and 9/11 first responder Joe Rabito takes 14 medications a day so he can breathe. Joe was one of the tens of thousands of first responders in New York City who went out to help survivors of the World Trade Center attacks.

These people, many of them union members, are still feeling the physical and mental long-term health effects from the work they did as first responders. 

This is why the Zadroga Act, which provides permanent health care and compensation to 9/11 survivors and first responders, is so important. 

Based on exit poll data for the 2012 election, over 70% of African American women voted in the election, 65.6% of white women, 62.6% percent of white men and 61.4% of African American men voted in the same election. “The reason why Black women made the difference is because we bring our entire household to the polls with us” said Carmen Berkley, director of Civil, Human and Woman’s Rights, AFL-CIO. “An investment in Black women is an investment in a number of different people within a particular household.”
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.