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We don't hear the good stories about unions often enough. But if you look around — from the first responders like firefighters and police officers running toward the explosions in Boston, to the teachers in Oklahoma who shielded kids from tornadoes — there are working people and the unions they belong to every day acting as heroes. Here's one such story that will warm your heart.