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I Am AFGE: Meet Paul Ferris

Paul Ferris is the president of AFGE Local 2516 in El Paso, Texas. He and the other members of his unit work at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, treating active duty service members who are between tours of duty or preparing to go overseas. The latest episode of the "I Am AFGE" video series takes a look at the work Paul and his fellow AFGE members do on behalf of our troops.

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They Gathered How Many Pounds of Peanut Butter?

They Gathered How Many Pounds of Peanut Butter?

One thousand five hundred and fifty-seven. That's how many pounds of peanut butter union members, the Snohomish County Labor Council and United Way of Snohomish County collected recently to distribute to food banks throughout the county in Washington State. Why are they gathering so much peanut butter? 

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Union Sportsmen's Alliance Refurbishes Pier at Sheldon Lake State Park

Union Sportsmen's Alliance Refurbishes Pier at Sheldon Lake State Park

As part of its “Work Boots on the Ground” project, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) spent time a few weekends ago refurbishing the fishing pier at Sheldon Lake State Park in Houston. Work Boots on the Ground is a volunteer program that gives skilled union members opportunities to participate in hands-on conservation projects. On May 3, the program brought in about 30 skilled workers to make needed repairs to the pier.

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Innovation @Work: The Nose Knows

Innovation @Work: The Nose Knows

The latest post in our Innovation @Work section takes a look at a successful, and growing, program in Chicago that helps screen firefighters for cancer—using trained Canadian dogs.

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.

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See What You Missed from 'First Book' Event at AFL-CIO Headquarters

See What You Missed from 'First Book' Event at AFL-CIO Headquarters

The AFL-CIO hosted a book distribution event last month, sponsored by First Book D.C. in partnership with the Pi Beta Phi Foundation, local collegiate chapters and Pi Beta Phi alumnae. In all, 40,000 books were given to teachers and non-profits serving children in need in Washington, D.C. Thanks to all the volunteers who participated in this important event. Take a look at photos of volunteers in action taken by Erinn Taucher.

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I Am AFGE: Christopher Lee Castle Serves Veterans Facing Difficult Times

The latest entry in the "I Am AFGE'" series takes a look at Christopher Lee Castle, a former Marine, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008 so he could give back to his fellow veterans. Castle is a loan specialist outside of Denver and he frequently works with veterans and their family members, particularly when they are going through foreclosures and tough economic times. When not helping veterans, he's vice president of AFGE Local 1557.

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Union Sportsmen Help Restore Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

Union Sportsmen Help Restore Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve

Last weekend, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance Work Boots on the Ground project brought together more than 100 volunteers to help restore the wildlife and recreational coastal wetlands at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif. The crews included skilled union trade workers, adults and youth from the community. They worked on a one-mile stretch of the trail, pulling invasive weeds, repairing wood and metal fencing and removing graffiti. Bolsa Chica contains more than 500 acres of wildlife habitat and is vital for ducks and migratory birds.

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