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    By Doug Cunningham

    [Chants]: "Stand up! Fight back! No Trump, No KKK! No Fascist USA! No Trump!"

    Thousands rallied on President's Day Monday in at least 25 U.S. cities for Not My President Trump resistance protests. From New York City to Los Angeles and many points in between protesters reminded Trump that the vast majority of Americans did not vote for him.

    [NYC Protester]: "Donald Trump is not my president. Because I would never have a president that would work to do away with Medicare. I would never have a president who would work to corporatize and privatize Social Security. This is a start of a long march to D.C. and the mid-terms. This is not the end. This is the beginning. This is not the only rally, this is not the only group, this is not the only time we're gonna gather together."


    The American Federation of Teachers is joining global teachers union federation Education International in urging the UN to get involved in the 2014 case of 43 "disappeared" Mexican education students.

    Local police working for Mexican drug gangs kidnapped 43 students and all are believed dead. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro tells Canada's Radio Labour...

    [Louis Malfaro]: "We've filed this with the UN Rights Council. Unions and civil society organizations represent an important front line in making sure that we hold government accountable. This is something that our trade union movement has to speak out against."


    On Tuesday bank workers in the U.S. started a struggle for unionization. 15,000 bank workers at Spain-based Santander Bank are declaring their intentions to form a union.

    The Committee For Better Banks and the Communications Workers of America are involved in organizing efforts to help U.S. Santander bank workers organize a union.

    While bank workers present a professional image, they're really dealing with low wages and facing other worker issues.

    Some of Tuesday's planned actions included delivering pro-union petitions in Dallas and Boston along with letters demanding Santander executives respect their right to form a union.


    RN's and staff at Delaware County Memorial Hospital have planned a two-day unfair labor practices strike March 5th and 6th. Their non-profit hospital was bought by Prospect Medical Holdings, a subsidiary of the multi-billion dollar hedge fund Leonard Green & Partners.

    The nurses are trying to bargain their first labor contract as members of PASNAP - the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Employees. Angela Napolitano, President of the PASNAP local at the hospital, says staffing and patient care are big issues.

    [Angela Napolitano]: "They have not wanted to face the staffing issue, which is a crisis for us at our hospital because they've decreased the amount of staff."

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