Another Farm Worker dies. Does anyone give a damn?

I have been writing for months on the deaths of farmworkers in California from the heat.

United Farm Workers Calls for Manslaughter Charges Against Company in Death of 17 Year Old  

How many Farmworkers must die before someone cares??

Please Tell Fallen Farm Worker's Family We Care

"How much is the life of a farm worker worth? Is it less than the life of any other human being?"

Another farm worker died from the heat today.  5 in the last three months.

Come around after the fold for the sad news.

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AFL-CIO Endorses Obama, Launches 'Meet Barack Obama'

I want to share with you all our endorsement today of Sen. Barack Obama. Seth Michaels on our staff has the details below.

The AFL-CIO today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.

The AFL-CIO General Board, which voted to endorse Obama, includes presidents of all 56 unions in the AFL-CIO, as well as Executive Council members and representatives of state and local federations, trade departments and constituency groups. The General Board votes by per capita membership. In conjunction with the endorsement, the AFL-CIO launched a new website: Meet Barack Obama.

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National Nurses Movement on the Move

As an RN of 29 years and a CNA/NNOC RN who witnessed the dramatic vote for change by St. Rose Las Vegas RNs, who voted by 53% for CNA/NNOC, I am proud to post this diary today.

In the last few years, America's RNs have formed--at last--a National Nurses' Movement, with the creation of the first national union of RNs.  So far we are 80,000 RNs banding together for guaranteed healthcare, nursing practice, and a progressive labor movement, and that number grows daily.  As patient advocates we believe that this is the only path towards making sure that every one of our patients get the care they deserve.

You may know CNA/NNOC for its political profile, but it is the nurse organizing that has allowed us to make a difference for RNs across the country.  Here's a quick update on the incredible progress we're making just this week:

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As an RN of 29 years and a CNA/NNOC RN who witnessed the dramatic vote for change by St. Rose Las Vegas RNs, who voted by 53% for CNA/NNOC, I am proud to post this diary today.

In the last few years, America's RNs have formed--at last--a National Nurses' Movement, with the creation of the first national union of RNs.  So far we are 80,000 RNs banding together for guaranteed healthcare, nursing practice, and a progressive labor movement, and that number grows daily.  As patient advocates we believe that this is the only path towards making sure that every one of our patients get the care they deserve.

You may know CNA/NNOC for its political profile, but it is the nurse organizing that has allowed us to make a difference for RNs across the country.  Here's a quick update on the incredible progress we're making just this week:

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Superdelegate /Rep. Speier Officially Endorses Clinton

Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a supedelegate, makes it official. She is for Hillary.

Press Release: Congresswoman Jackie Speier today announced her endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President. Speier was sworn in less than week ago as the newest Member of Congress, filling the vacancy of California's 12th Congressional District.

"Nothing makes me more proud than to announce my endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President," said Speier. "As a woman, a lawmaker and a mother, I understand what electing Hillary will mean for this country. She will not only bring an extraordinary grasp of the issues to the White House, but also a uniquely feminine skill set - consensus building, negotiation, and patience - that will serve our nation well. As President, Hillary will set an example for how to run a country with diplomacy and restraint."

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/relea se/view/?id=7112

OTHER GREAT NEWS FOR HILLARY THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IGNORES INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

The Clinton campaign announced today the endorsement of winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Grammy, musician Willie Colón.

"Hillary has been on the side of our families for over 35 years - she has been with us from the very beginning. I want a President who I can count on, someone who in tough times will be there for me -- that's why I'm supporting Hillary Clinton," said Colón.
http://hillaryclinton.com/news/release/v iew/?id=7128

The Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President today. The labor union represents about 45,000 plasterers and cement masons in the construction industry in North America.

"We need a leader with Hillary Clinton's ability to turn around the economy and rebuild the middle class," said OPCMIA President Pat Finley. "She has a clear record fighting for working families, and is the strongest candidate to go toe-to-toe with John McCain in November."
http://hillaryclinton.com/news/release/v iew/?id=7124

Clinton Leads McCain in Florida Poll, Obama would lose BIG!
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/co ntent/state/epaper/2008/04/15/0415florid aobamamccainpoll.html

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Hoosiers for Hillary have announced the endorsements of 21 additional mayors and four local Democratic Party leaders, demonstrating Hillary's growing support throughout the To date, 28 Hoosier mayors and 21 members of the Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee have endorsed Hillary for President.
http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/relea se/view/?id=6915

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SEIU Union Supports Obama but does Not Offer Health Care for Union Members

Feb 28, 2008
SEIU Union Supports Obama but does Not Offer Health Care for Union Members

First, Home Health Care work is labour intensive--cooking, cleaning, shopping, providing care for changing bedding of potentical bed ridden clients, transporting clients with or without wheelchairs, etc... for $11.50 per hour!

Second, many Health Care workers live with their clients which means they are working off of the clock at times, especially holidays.

Third, Health Care workers are saving the Health Care Hospital Industry from paying and training staff. This turns out to be more cost effective for everyone and people do rather live at home than in a hospitcal yet those workers need Health Care themselves!

Fourth, the Home Health Care Industry is growing. They own more property, collect union dues, and if we All Americans receive Universal Health Care then at least they will be forced to get the benefits instead of re-using Health Care as Barter chips for their jobs as negotiators.

Fifth, SEIU is one of the unions backing Obama in Ohio. They are on regular commercial ads and they have no integrity for their own union members.

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