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Working Families Take to Capitol Hill and Say 'No Cuts' to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Working family advocates meet with Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.).

We have five weeks to tell Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% expire and reject any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Visit www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture for all the information you need on the upcoming budget showdown. 

Today, advocates for working families from 33 states have been in Washington, D.C., walking up and down the halls of Congress and knocking on doors, asking their representatives to let the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% expire and to reject cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Local AFL-CIO leaders were joined by hundreds of advocates from other labor and progressive organizations who met with 185 representatives and senators.

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Massey Energy Mine Manager Charged in Conspiracy to Hide Dangerous Conditions from Inspectors

In April 2010, 29 mine workers were killed in an explosion in what's known as the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in Raleigh County, W. Va. Today, federal prosecutors charged Massey Energy mine manager David C. Hughart with covering up defiance of safety regulations and resulting dangerous conditions from government inspectors. The Charleston Gazette reports that this is the "first time in their probe of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster that prosecutors have filed charges alleging Massey officials engaged in a scheme that went beyond the Raleigh County mine...."

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Once-MLBPA Head Marvin Miller Changed the Landscape of Professional Sports

Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

Imagine a time when a professional baseball player was technically "owned" for life by his team and couldn't play for any other team unless the change was approved by his owner. Imagine a time when professional athletes had few rights beyond whatever their owners granted them—low pay, weak pensions, no real compensation for the wear-and-tear on their bodies, no freedom of movement or ability to determine where they lived or for what team they played. Imagine a time when the system made team owners very wealthy off the hard work of the players without allowing the players to share in the revenue their efforts produced.

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Atlantic City Unions Forge Ahead with Vital Recovery Information

Atlantic City Unions Forge Ahead with Vital Recovery Information

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan send us this update on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. 

The UAW in Atlantic City has thousands of members who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to sustaining major property losses, our brothers and sisters have had their hours cut because of the devastation to the casino industry. The critical message to our members is that they are not in this alone. Various recovery resources are available, and we will do everything to get them the help they need as soon as possible.

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Lame-Duck Session of Congress: Myths and Facts

Photo of John Boehner, courtesy Talk Radio News Service

In the recently convened "lame-duck" session of Congress, senators and representatives will take on a number of issues that could have major consequences for working families and retirees. Congress is considering benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and members are looking at cutting taxes for the wealthy even further. Any deal that Congress makes, though, should be based on facts and not the myths that have sprung up around taxes, the deficit and the earned benefit programs. Here are a few of the key myths and the truth behind them.

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Nissan Workers' Struggle to Organize Resonates Across the Globe

Supported by global labor activists and unions, a Mississippi Nissan worker announced the UAW’s global organizing campaign yesterday at the third annual LabourStart conference in Sydney, Australia. At Nissan’s Canton, Miss., plant, there are more than 3,000 workers who want a voice at work to improve conditions and secure decent work for more members of their community. In addition to reducing safety problems and resulting injuries at the plant, workers want to unite to build power and raise their voice so that Nissan will directly hire more of its workforce and not depend so heavily on temporary workers. Nissan’s production model increasingly tries to avoid the responsibility of being an employer while reaping the gains of all production workers.

Check out UAW's site: http://DoBetterNissan.org

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Groundbreaking Study on Domestic Workers Finds Widespread Mistreatment and Systemic Low Pay

Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

Domestic workers, such as caregivers and nannies, make all forms of other work possible and play an increasingly significant role in the U.S. economy. However, a new national study found, on average, domestic workers earn little more than minimum wage and few receive benefits like Social Security, health insurance or paid sick days.

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