Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs

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Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs

American Geophysical Union Responds to Government Shutdown’s Impact on Scientists and R&D

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following statement is attributable to American Geophysical Union (AGU) executive director/CEO Christine McEntee:

“Science is essential to our economic stability, public health, and national security. It often represents the first line of defense against droughts, earthquakes, volcanos, and other natural hazards, and it allows us to make best use of the natural resources and mineral wealth that underpin our standard of living. Science-based products and services provided by government agencies support and protect millions of jobs nationwide.

For example, while monitoring infrastructure such as LandSAT satellites and the USGS stream gauge network will continue to collect data about the surface of the Earth, as a result of the shutdown no one will be there to analyze them and make them available to the public. Continue reading “Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs”

We are all vulnerable: Medicaid, health reform, and the 2012 election

Harold Pollack is a health policy wonk at the University of Chicago, but he has a street-level view of the health care system.

In a YouTube video published Thursday, Pollack explains that he and his wife took in her brother, who is developmentally disabled, eight years ago. They couldn’t have done it without Medicare and Medicaid, he says. Continue reading “We are all vulnerable: Medicaid, health reform, and the 2012 election”

Union Members Remember 9/11 by Rebuilding the World Trade Center

AFL-CIO Now

09/11/2012; Jackie Tortora

As millions of Americans took a moment this morning to remember the tragedy that occurred 11 years ago on Sept. 11 in New York City, Virginia and Pennsylvania, military veterans who’ve found careers through the Ironworkers, Laborers (LiUNA), Heat and Frost Insulators and Bricklayers (BAC) are rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York.

Take a minute to watch the YouTube video in the post.

Other unions spoke out in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the members who made a difference that day:

The Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) said:

Eleven years ago, twenty-five Flight Attendants took action as first responders in a war we didn’t know we were fighting. These heroes were among the first to relay the intelligence that alerted our country and our flying partners in flight 93, who in turn sacrificed their own lives to save countless others on the ground.

Immediately following the horrific events of September 11th, Flight Attendants and crewmembers helped usher millions of passengers home to their families and loved ones. Our work continues every day since then, adding to our role as first responder the new responsibility as aviation’s last line of defense.

The Air Line Pilots (ALPA) said:

On that horrific day 11 years ago, the emotional questions of why and how such attacks could have happened quickly evolved into our firm resolve: We will prevent this act from happening again. We will, as airline pilots, never again witness a friend, a family member or a fellow crewmember leave us too early in this manner.

Today, as we have done each year since 2001, the airline pilots and staff of ALPA reaffirm our commitment to stand together and to stay vigilant and actively engaged in every effort to secure our skies. We will never forget.

Fire Fighters (IAFF) released the following statement:

Even though 11 years have passed since that cloudless blue morning in September, the IAFF has not forgotten.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, IAFF staff mobilized swiftly to assist members in New York City, providing extra staff, financial support and counseling for the grieving.

“At the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, our members gave everything they had. The best that this union and this nation have to offer was demonstrated in their courageous response,” says [IAFF General President Harold] Schaitberger.

In the years since, the IAFF has strived in numerous ways to honor the service of members who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11. In addition, the International has fought to ensure safer and healthier working conditions and advocated for benefits and protections for IAFF members and their families.

The Ironworkers tweeted:

Today, we remember the 9/11 tragedy, those who lost their lives, their families, brave first responders….Then…we rebuild! #ironworkers

Watch Helmets to Hardhats: Military Veterans Rebuild the World Trade Center.