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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tim O'Connor Re-elected AFL-CIO Central OK Labor Fed Prez

Last night, Tim O'Connor was re-elceted at the president of the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. This was the first contested election we have had since I became a member of the COLF 8 years ago. (Yours truly was re-elected be acclimation as the recording secretary along with the rest of the officers.) This is a difficult time for labor in Oklahoma as it is in the US. The old manufacturing jobs are leaving, and they are being replaced by service jobs, many which pay poorly with few benefits.

We have a big need for Labor Unions at a time when unions are being weakened by job exportation, outsourcing, predatory business practices, and a hostile administration. People such as Tim need all the support they can get.

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