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A few dozen boxes of canned goods were distributed immediately before and after Christmas, free of charge to recipients who needed them, thanks to the Columbia Central Labor Council(CLC).  

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

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.

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.