Important Links & Friends of BlueCollarWriter Labor Media

Appodlachia a shrewd, witty, comical, sometimes irreverent, and always honest podcast providing a counter-narrative to the negative portrayal and harmful stereotypes of Appalachia.

The People’s Tribune is devoted to the understanding that an economic system that doesn’t feed, clothe, house, or care for its people must be and will be replaced with a system that meets the needs of the people. To that end, this paper is a tribune of the people. It is a voice of millions of everyday people who are fighting to survive in an America in crisis. It helps build connections among these fighters and the awareness that together we can create a whole new society and world.

The United Mine Workers of America is a diverse union with a membership that includes coal miners, manufacturing workers, clean coal technicians, health care workers, corrections officers, and public employees throughout the United States and Canada.

The UMWA is achieving significant success in providing workers with a voice on the job and financial security at home.

Because of the union’s long-term emphasis on safety, UMWA members work in the safest environments in their respective industries.

The UMWA continues the fight we began in 1890 for safe workplaces, good wages and benefits, and strong representation for working families throughout North America.

The Teamsters are America’s largest, most diverse union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same. 

Local 630 has been fighting for working class families for more than 80 years. We stand up for our members in the  workplace, legislative, political, and social landscapes.

We are one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

Richard Cucarese

With the sounds of anarchy stretching from across the Atlantic to America’s shores, punk music has been the soundtrack of Rich Cucarese’s youth and been the ignition source of his fiery writing; whether it be lyrics, poetry, articles written for his union, his political musings, or even the pages in the ‘PUNKS’ trilogy.

An activist for many causes since his college days, musical career and work life in the steel mills of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, Mister Cucarese has been involved in marches for poverty, homelessness, the plight of AIDS victims and many protests

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