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Americans across the nation are memorializing the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day and thousands more injured.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the September 2006 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine. 

(Washington D.C) The Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO (UVC) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are leading over 40 unions and organizations in calling out the current Administration for taking more than 3.6 billion dollars of congressionally appropriated tax dollars from vital military construction projects, to build a small part of a project on the southern board.

(Washington D.C) As hurricane Dorian churns toward Florida’s east coast, union veterans find themselves in many vital roles during preparation for landfall. Members of the Union Veterans Council affiliated unions make up some of the most critical jobs our nation has in a time of crisis; from FEMA to our advanced forecasting systems these workers ensure Americans are informed and prepared.

UWUA Initiative Creates a Pathway to Employment for Transitioning Members of the Military

Department of Defense Partnership Establishes Union as a SkillBridge Provider

(Dallas Tx). On Tuesday morning as Texas Union Veteran Sam Tijerina drove from Pasadena Tx to Dallas he had a lot on this mind. His thoughts wandered as he passed mile makers and towns, he thought about his young family at home and the life that having a union job has provided them.

“A union card changed my life and has allowed me to live with dignity,” Tijerina said that morning.

After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree, or a future”, Attig said. That changed when he found a National Building Trades Registered Apprenticeship Program and became a Journeyman Pipefitter with the UA.

In a strongly worded letter, the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO has urged members of Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which will directly improve the lives of more than 1.3 million American veterans currently earning less than 15 dollars an hour. 

This vote gives our lawmakers a clear choice to either support America’s veterans, or once again overlook the reality that these patriots face every day. We truly hope they stand with us, as we stood for our country in uniform. 

32 days and counting 

For those not affected by the Government shutdown it may seem like a distant battle being fought in Washington D.C., Though, for the millions of workers who are feeling the effects it is a crisis that is playing out in homes, on job sites and whittling away at the bank accounts of families all across this country. Imagine being forced to go to work every day without getting paid for the job you’re doing. Imagine having to choose between putting gas in your car so you can make it to work or putting food on the table for your family.

VA Secretary Wilkie should be ashamed for attacking veteran, AFGE leaders say

WASHINGTON – Leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees are calling out Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie for disparaging a disabled combat veteran who shared his firsthand accounts of veterans who are suffering extreme financial hardships under this unprecedented government shutdown.