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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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AFL-CIO Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA/DACA Case

After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks:

Today's Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. While we are deeply disappointed by the court's failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.

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'20 People Control More Wealth Than Half the Population': Trumka Addresses the Democratic Platform Committee

Richard Trumka at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

When working people come together in union to create a better life, America thrives. 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee this morning detailing the steps we need to take to ensure a bright and prosperous future for America's working people. 

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10 Facts on the Minimum Wage

10 Facts on the Minimum Wage

On the anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25, it's timely to go over some basic facts on the minimum wage. 

Here are 10 important figures to remember when we talk about the minimum wage (after the jump). 

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Donald Trump Gets a Million-Dollar Loan from His Dad and Thinks Your Wages Are Too High

Funny, we think candidates who support working people would agree it's becoming harder and harder to afford a middle-class life. Wages simply haven't kept up with the cost of living. 

Yet Donald Trump, who got a boost from dad with a million-dollar loan, thinks our wages are too high already

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The Makers of Those Cheesy Anti-Union Movies Will Soon Be More Transparent, Thanks to a New Labor Department Rule

The Makers of Those Cheesy Anti-Union Movies Will Soon Be More Transparent Thanks to a New DOL Rule

You've probably watched one before. 

An anti-union video so painfully corny, you probably had to turn it off after a few seconds. 

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TPP Puts Big Pharma Profits Ahead of People Like Zahara

Ever wonder how the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would affect you or the people you love?

Zahara Heckscher explains how TPP will make it harder for cancer patients to afford life-saving treatment

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Trumka to Senate Republicans, 'Do Your Job' and Consider the Nominee for the Supreme Court Vacancy

America's working people get up every day and do their jobs, and they expect their elected leaders to do the same. 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a message for Senate Republicans who are signaling they will place a giant roadblock in the way of filling the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat: Do your job. 

Watch his message above. 

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Pro Right to Work Politicians in West Virginia Attack Working People on the State Senate Floor

West Virginia state Sen. Robert Karnes (R) doesn't think too highly of everyday working people trying to create a better life and earn wages to sustain a family on. In fact, he called the concerned citizens who attended a recent "right to work" bill debate "free riders." Watch the video above.

Karnes is one of the Republicans in leadership in the West Virginia Senate pushing a bill that out-of-state corporate CEOs just love. One that would lower wages, make workplaces less safe, increase poverty and lower access to adequate health care. It's clear the Republican leaders don't think too highly of West Virginia's working people. 

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AFL-CIO's Liz Shuler on President Obama's Final State of the Union

Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address, and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will be in the audience representing America's working people. 

Watch the video above for her thoughts on what she hopes the president will address. What issues would you like to hear him talk about? Log in and leave your comments below. 

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The Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs in December and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs in December and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The U.S. economy added 292,000 jobs in December and unemployment was 5%, remaining unchanged from the previous month, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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