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Jackie Tortora

I'm the blog editor and social media manager at the AFL-CIO. Interviewing union musicians was my introduction to the labor movement. My first job after graduating college was in Syracuse, New York, where I wrote and edited the International Musician, the monthly magazine for the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts brought me to Washington, D.C., where I spent two years as a new media coordinator at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. I came to the AFL-CIO in the summer of 2012, just in time to re-elect President Barack Obama. When I'm not tweeting about America's unions, it's likely I'm watching Syracuse basketball and football. 

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Union Women Step Up to the Plate to Elect Worker-Friendly Candidates

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler

On Sept. 13, more than 40,000 union women from across the country joined a telephone town hall to discuss what’s at stake this election cycle for working women and their families. The event was hosted by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, the highest-ranking woman in the labor movement, and featured AFT President Randi Weingarten; Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE general vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity; and Linda Hinton, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4 vice president. These leaders rallied their sisters to join the fight to elect worker-friendly candidates up and down the ballot who reflect the economic priorities of working women and families.

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'We Must Build a More Just System for Migrants and Refugees': AFL-CIO's Tefere Gebre to the United Nations

'We Must Build a More Just System for Migrants and Refugees': AFL-CIO's Tefere Gebre to the United Nations

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre addressed the United Nations today about embracing this historic opportunity to create a more just system for migrants and refugees

Gebre is a refugee from Ethiopia and walked 93 days through the desert as a teenager to find his freedom in America

Here are Gebre's remarks to the United Nations (after the jump). 

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Four Quotes You Need to Read from Liz Shuler's Speech in Wisconsin on Working Women

Four Quotes You Need to Read from Liz Shuler's Speech in Wisconsin on Working Women

Today, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler addressed the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Convention about what's at stake for working women this election. 

Working women in particular are driving the progressive agenda forward and are coming up with solutions to the problems that have been holding working families back. Here are some highlights of Shuler's speech (after the jump). 

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Political Mail Season Begins, and We're Kicking It Off by Exposing Trump's Hypocrisy

Political Mail Season Begins, and We're Kicking It Off by Exposing Trump's Hypocrisy

Today, we dropped the first round of regular, direct mail pieces that will reach voters in key battleground states. The program begins by calling out Donald Trump’s hypocrisy to more than 150,000 voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. We will send mail to union members in six additional states, including Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina every week until Election Day.

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