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We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

A year ago the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Today is a fitting time to honor those who compelled him to act.

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No PR Campaign Will Save Walmart from Being 'Exhibit A' of Bad Worker Policies

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Americans are increasingly fed up with an economy that rewards wealth over work, a message that’s made it all the way to the top. That’s why when the White House hosted a Summit on Worker Voice on Wednesday to highlight the power of working people standing together to demand better jobs and better lives, one notable corporation had been excluded—Walmart.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the loss of the El Faro Mariners

We are deeply saddened by the loss of 28 of our brothers and sisters aboard the cargo ship El Faro. These brave men and women left an incredible mark on their communities, both on land and at sea via their hard work and steadfast commitment to the maritime trade.

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Sen. Sanders and Rep. Pocan Continue Washington-Led Fight for Workers' Rights

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Working people across the country are making significant gains by speaking out for a better life, and Washington’s leaders are starting to listen.

Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) will unveil legislation that represents a leap forward for working people in their fight to have a greater voice in the workplace: the Workplace Democracy Act.

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Trumka and Sanchez: Let's Celebrate the Contributions of Latinos to the Workforce

Trumka and Sanchez: Let's Celebrate the Contributions of Latinos to the Workforce

We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. This is a time when our nation recognizes the significant contributions Latinos make in the United States. We salute the contributions of Latino and immigrant workers and their families to our country and to our workforce. They give new strength to the American Dream and remind us that all labor has dignity. While it is a time to celebrate the diversity of a community that is projected to be one-third of our population in 2050, it is also a time to highlight the issues facing our Latino and immigrant brothers and sisters.

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Demanding Guestworker Reforms Is Pro-Immigrant

Our country is addicted to cheap labor, and our broken immigration system helps to feed the addiction. Immigrant workers themselves are not to blame for stagnant wages in our country. The problem is caused by employers who put profits ahead of people, and trample rights and drive down standards in the process.

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Raising Wages by Expanding Overtime Pay

Imagine this: You’re a manager at a local convenience store. You supervise staff, justify inventory, hire and fire hourly workers and even share some of their responsibilities. You like your job, but it pays only $30,000 a year, and you’re still required to work from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was meant to protect our economy from Wall Street greed. The legislation was passed into law in response to the 2008 financial crisis, which caused home foreclosures for millions of families and long-term unemployment for tens of millions of workers.

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Today Is the National Call-In Day to Stop Fast Track

The time to stop Fast Track is now or never. This terrible trade negotiation policy recently passed in the Senate. And now that Congress is back from vacation, its expected to bring Fast Track to a vote any day now. Some of our lawmakers already have committed to stand with their wealthy campaign donors and support Fast Track. But many of our elected officials still can be moved—especially if we remind them that we vote.

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Trumka: Yes, You Should Ask for a Raise

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In 2015, nearly 5 million American workers might get a pay raise. By joining together to ask for one. Through a union.

Minimum wage hikes, overtime expansion, paid sick leave and other policy improvements are important to raise wages in America. But the best way for workers to get a raise is by asking for one with a collective voice. That’s what workers do—bargain together in unions to improve our lives.

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