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Why California Is a Pro-Union State (Sort Of)

Ask Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels why union membership in California rose by 100,000 in 2012, and she’ll give you a simple answer:

“Latino workers.”

To explain the contrast between the trend in California and the United States as a whole—where union membership dropped last year by 400,000—Semuels turned to some credible sources, including Steve Smith of the state labor federation who cited “an appetite among these low-wage workers to try to get a collective voice to give themselves opportunity and a middle-class lifestyle.”

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Trumka Calls Court Ruling on NLRB Appointments 'Radical and Unprecedented'

Trumka Calls Court Ruling on NLRB Appointments 'Radical and Unprecedented'

A panel of Republican-appointed judges, including one who has, according to Think Progress, previously suggested that all business, labor and Wall Street regulation is constitutionally suspect, ruled that President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are invalid. Senate Republicans had been blocking confirmation votes on the three before the president's action.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the ruling "shocking."

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In Wall Street Journal World, We 'Don’t Exist'

In Wall Street Journal World, We 'Don’t Exist'

Take a look at that down-trodden family at the left. Maybe, they’re lining up for shelter after a natural disaster, or waiting for the food bank doors to open or at a donation center to gather up winter coats for the kids. Damn, they look so sad.

But no, none of the above is true. They live in “Wall Street Journal World.” It’s a place where, according to a recent Journal story on the impact of the new federal tax rates, most Americans—those of us who make less than $180,000 a year and pay taxes—"don’t exist" (we're not mentioned at all).   

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Sheet Metal Workers Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA). The organization is celebrating by launching a new website, SMART 125, that will help chronicle the history of America's sheet metal workers by allowing site visitors to upload their own job site photos.

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Help Spread the News About the Good Work Union Members Do Every Day

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We're fighting back against the negative stories the national news media is putting out about our movement by establishing a Message Movers team—folks who are willing to push back against biased stories about unions through social media and email.

Can you join in? You're a powerful voice in making sure that the great work of the union movement is being spread far and wide.

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Report: Economic War Among the States Costs Billions

States are engaged in economic warfare on each other and it's costing taxpayers billions of dollars. That's the message of a new report from Good Jobs First titled The Job-Creation Shell Game.

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Moving Education Forward: It Starts with School Leaders

In his second inaugural speech, President Obama stated, "We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher."

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Sen. Hatch Leaves a Ransom Note in the Fiscal Showdown Fight

Photo courtesy of love4utah's Flickr photostream.

Calling something a “bipartisan reform” is quickly becoming Washington-speak for “cutting your health care and retirement benefits.”

In this next phase of the fiscal showdown, Republicans are continuing to threaten to tank the economy, starting with demands they want in exchange for more tax giveaways for the wealthiest 2%.

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Senate Filibuster Compromise a ‘Missed Opportunity’

The compromise version of filibuster reform that the U.S. Senate approved Thursday is “a missed opportunity to move forward or even ensure debate on the critical issues facing our nation," said Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen.

The reforms do streamline some filibuster rules by limiting filibusters on what is known as the “motion to proceed.”

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Coalition-Building in Texas Paying Dividends for Workers

Unions and organizations that advocate for workers are teaming up to improve the conditions of all workers in Texas. The Workers Defense Project and the Texas State Building and Construction Trades Council have seen quite a bit of success in their collaboration on behalf of the working families of the Lone Star State.

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