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'Women Can Build: Re-Envisioning Rosie' Art Exhibit Highlights Working Women at White House Summit

'Women Can Build: Re-Envisioning Rosie' Art Exhibit Highlights Working Women at White House Summit

On June 14, 5,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., for the first-ever White House Summit focused on gender equity. Union women and allies from AFT, AFSCME, the Bricklayers (BAC), Coalition of Labor Union Women, Electrical Workers (IBEW), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, North America's Building Trades Unions, Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU), the United Steelworkers (USW), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and other unions stood united to make sure working women had a strong presence alongside the entrepreneurs that were being celebrated by corporate funders. As celebrities took center-stage, at the entrance all eyes were on working women.

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South Korean Trade Union Leaders and Members Face Harsh Jail Sentences for Peaceful Demonstrations

South Korean Trade Union Leaders and Members Face Harsh Jail Sentences for Peaceful Demonstrations

Union leaders and members have been at the forefront of the fight for social justice in South Korea, organizing and participating in peaceful demonstrations throughout 2015, including protests against the weakening of worker protections. Disturbingly, the South Korean government has increasingly responded to dissent with police brutality, mass arrests and harsh jail sentences targeted at leaders.

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Things Are Getting Better for Working Parents: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Verizon Victory Shows That Working People Will Not Be Defeated

Verizon Victory Shows That Working People Will Not Be Defeated

Working people at Verizon recently had a major victory. Check out this new video to learn more about the story of how Verizon employees stood up for their rights and won this fight.

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Orlando, Hillary and John Legend: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

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San Francisco City College Faculty Call One-Day Strike

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Rain, wind and a four-hour round-trip from her home could not keep English teacher Jessica Nelson away from City College of San Francisco to join a one-day strike on April 27, the first strike in the school’s history.

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Why Hillary Inspires Me

Why Hillary Inspires Me

Born and raised in South Dakota, I am proud to come from a working class family.  To this day, my parents both work in manual labor for hourly wages without the benefit of a union, retirement plans or much in the way of benefits.  But they, and my entire family for that matter, have always been there for me and provided the support I needed to be the first in my family to attend college and eventually end up in Washington, DC working for the AFL-CIO.  My working class background shaped who I am and it's always who I will be.  And it's why I believe in giving working people a fair shot at making a better life.   

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The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction industry than ever before: Nearly 70% of new construction jobs between 2012 and 2015 were filled by Latino workers. The job fatality rate among Latino workers has declined by 38% since 2001, when the rate of Latino worker fatalities reached its highest (6.0 per 100,000 workers). But Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of death on the job, with a fatality rate that is 9% higher than for workers overall.

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Working People of the AFL-CIO Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Working people in the AFL-CIO's affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents.

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AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

I am so thrilled that we at the AFL-CIO are partnering with John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign to raise awareness of the need to end mass incarceration. Our first step in this historic partnership was taking 30 labor leaders to Washington Corrections Center for Women, an all-women’s prison in Washington state, to hear from those affected by the system and to learn about effective ways to reduce recidivism. The experience was truly transformational and liberating for myself and for those involved.

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