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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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Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Ten countries participated in a global day of action yesterday, supporting the Walmart strikers and workers speaking out for better conditions at the mega retailer. 

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Sexual Harassment: What Does It Have to Do with Living Off Tips?

What is it like living off tips as a woman in the service industry? Check out the latest video from Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. 

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'I Miscarried on Walmart's Property'

Courageous current and former Walmart workers are calling on the mega retailer to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers including lighter duties where medically necessary and being able to drink water or sit down while at work. They formed a group called "Respect the Bump," which made huge strides earlier this year when Walmart announced it would make accommodations for workers with complicated pregnancies, including lighter duties when medically necessary. 

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Former Massey Energy CEO Indicted

For those of you who have been following the Massey Energy story, the Mine Workers (UMWA) passed along this news yesterday: U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Donald L. Blankenship, former chief executive officer of Massey Energy Co., with four criminal offenses. The indictment charges Blankenship with conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and securities fraud.

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Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

If you're in Iowa and following the U.S. Senate race, you may have heard about Senate candidate Joni Ernst's thoughts on Social Security...and they're pretty alarming. 

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Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

A group of Walmart workers marched today from the AFL-CIO to the Washington, D.C., Walton Family Foundation's offices to deliver more signatures from 1,710 Walmart stores in all 50 states asking Walmart to publicly commit to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time hours. 

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A Peek into Tom Foley's Past: 'Broke the Back of the Union, the Heart of Their Town'

A Peek into Tom Foley's Past: 'Broke the Back of the Union, the Heart of Their Town'

We've gone over why Tom Foley is bad for Connecticut's working families. He would repeal the state's paid sick days law, opposes raising the state's minimum wage and has a history of laying off workers from the businesses he buys. But a recent Connecticut Post story goes a little deeper, taking a look at a strike at an electrical equipment manufacturer in Chambersburg, Pa., where Foley was an executive. 

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Union-Made in America Halloween Candy Shopping List

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If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, has an extensive list of union-made candies. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. 

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Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

As working people are gearing up to get out and vote Nov. 4, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had this to say on one of the top issues on people's minds:

Raising wages will be a driving force at the polls in the approaching midterm elections. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that will make a difference in the real world—from raising the minimum wage to ensuring that all workers can bargain collectively and make a livable wage. The labor movement stands in strong support of the broad campaign to bring attention to raising wages leading up to and following Oct. 10 [a national day of awareness about raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour], and it’s our responsibility to keep it going.

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