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    By Doug Cunningham

    Anti-union legislation has failed to pass in New Hampshire's state Assembly. The bill would have prevented workers from deciding to put a requirement to pay union dues in their labor contracts.

    New Hampshire Professional Fire Fighters President Bill McQuillen told WMUR-TV Thursday it's a win for New Hampshire families.

    [Bill McQuillen]: "We're feelin' very good about what happened today. And I think this is a victory for all in the middle class in this state today."

    New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett. [Glenn Brackett]: "I consider it a victory for working families in New Hampshire."


    UAW President Dennis Williams says he's disappointed that South Carolina Boeing workers opted to vote against being represented by a union in the IAM vote this week.

    And he's really dissatisfied with Boeing over a harsh anti-union campaign in South Carolina.

    [Dennis Williams]: "I am disappointed in Boeing because we represent some Boeing facilities and we have a good relationship. So I will be having conversation with those people who meet with Boeing to tell 'em our dissatisfaction.

    You can't say to me in California that you want to have a partnership and a relationship and go stab me in Carolina. Relationships like that usually get divorces."


    Trump is mentally unstable and incapable of serving safely as president. That's according to 35 mental health professionals, including a Harvard Psychiatry professor.

    In a NY Times letter to the editor they say in part "Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize.

    We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president."


    The Great Flint Sitdown Strike is 80 years old. The Great Flint Sitdown strike of '36-'37 against General Motors won recognition for the UAW.

    About 2,000 workers sat down and occupied a vital Chevrolet factory for 44 days against police assaults. The strike was so effective that GM output plummeted from 50,000 to just 125 cars in February of 1937.

    UAW membership grew from 50,000 to 500,000 within the next year.

    Delia Parish delivered delivering food to strikers.

    [Delia Parish]: “Here come the cops. And You can't get in there. I said I'm going. And I did. And the management had the gate locked. And you know how tall that fence is…I couldn’t raise it up high enough for them guys inside to get it.

    Well they come out with torches and they melted that blooming fence to the ground! And then they could take the food all in.”

    (Audio from the University of Michigan - Flint Labor History Project)

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