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Edwin D. Hill
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Edwin D. Hill is International President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), an office he has held since 2001. As President of a union whose members work in all sectors of the energy economy, from utility companies to solar panel production plants, from building retrofitting to nuclear power facilities, Mr. Hill has a unique hands on perspective about the scope of challenges facing the country as it seeks to make the transition to a clean energy economy. Both in his role as President of the IBEW and as a member of the AFL CIO’s Executive Council, he is a leading voice for a balanced and practical approach to the nation’s pursuit of energy independence. As President of a union with a long history of providing quality job training, he also offers an informed perspective on both the value and challenges involved in significantly expanding the role of job training as the country attempts to overcome cascading job losses while simultaneously seeking to combat global warming.

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Oklahoma Sweatshop Tells One Story of Labor's Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Dan Lee was dripping with sweat and caked with dust and debris. He'd been at his job at an electronics recycling company for just a few weeks, sorting and testing cables and wiring from old computers and telephones. That bulky, cast-off home office Compaq computer that someone bought from Circuit...

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Stand With Low-Wage Workers

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Half of the telegraph and electrical linemen in this country died on the job. In 1883, a group of them, members of the Knights of Labor, went on strike protesting low pay and unsafe working conditions. Their strike was broken. Still unsung, still suffering an appalling percentage of tradesmen electrocuted...

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Two People Corporate America and the GOP Should Listen to

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:58 PM

Speaker of the House John Boehner and his party's followers claim that if the Senate and the nation-at-large supported their policies, businesses would flourish and unemployed Americans would be headed back to work.

But over the past few weeks, those same policies have been strongly rebuked by a highly-respected lifelong...

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Prescription for Union Growth: Be Proactive, Take Risks

(18) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 5:17 PM

What does a responsible union do when a deep recession causes work to dry up, and prospects for long-term growth appear limited? Do we wait passively for the market to dictate when our people can go back to work? Or do we take steps to shape our own future?

These...

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Union Members to Palin: Where Do You Stand?

(92) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 5:18 PM

In an attempt to rally rank-and-file union members behind the Republican Party in advance of November's midterm elections, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently took to the Internet to appeal to union members to oppose President Obama and congressional Democrats.

To my hardworking, patriotic brothers and sisters...

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Ensuring Another 75 Years of Social Security

(21) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 2:54 PM

More and more Americans are saying they don't trust the government to do the right thing, but there is one federal program that has remained consistently popular since it was first signed into law 75 years ago this month: Social Security.

A poll commissioned by the National...

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What Really Goes On In Organizing Campaigns

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 5:12 PM

The debate over measures to fix America's broken labor laws took a back seat during the long debate on health care. Now that the focus has shifted to efforts to stimulate economic growth and job creation, it's time to put workers' rights front and center.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

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Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing Must Be Bipartisan Cause

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 1:40 PM

Crossposted with the Post-Gazette.com

The contentious and often nasty public debates over health care reform and other issues can lead Americans to a truly depressing conclusion -- that polarization is always going to win out over unity, leading to a weakening of our national fiber and character.

It...

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Jobs Are No. 1 Priority for Florida's Citizens

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 2:28 PM

Florida has been hit especially hard by the recession, shedding the highest number of jobs across the country - nearly 17,000 - last November, making it one of the worst-hit states in the nation. I know, because many of them are members of my union.

But Florida...

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The Change We Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 3:13 PM

It didn't take long for the anti-worker far right to try to spin the results of the 2009 elections as a mandate for their pro-corporate agenda.

According to conservative columnist Michael Barone, the biggest losers were not Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jon Corzine and Creigh Deeds -- it was the...

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Forging a Green Economic Recovery at Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 5:29 PM

Around the time President Obama was kicking off trade talks with Chinese leaders late last month, more than 100 workers in Lexington, Ky., found out they were about to become the latest victims of our existing unfair and unbalanced trade policies.

General Electric Co. announced on July...

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Real Health Care Reform -- Not Short-Sighted Take Backs

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 1:52 PM

As political weapons are sharpened for another historic showdown over health care reform, it's important to talk about what this debate means for tens of thousands of workers like Dick Rogers, a 28-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1837 in Manchester, Maine.

Rogers is a...

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Making Sure Green Jobs are Good Jobs

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 4:55 PM

With more than $50 billion in federal stimulus money going to training and investment in the renewable energy sector, green-collar jobs look to be a bright spot of growth amidst stunningly high unemployment.

According to one study, green jobs are expected to grow at an annual rate of...

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