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Play State of the Union Bingo and Follow Our Live Twitter Feed

Play State of the Union Bingo and Follow Our Live Twitter Feed

In his State of the Union address tonight, we’re hoping President Barack Obama will talk about raising wages, making sure Fast Track doesn’t mean more failed trade policies that will hurt workers and other vital working family issues. Watch the address or follow our live Twitter feed (after the jump) and play our #winSOTU bingo game to see what President Obama says about the state of our union for working families. You can download your bingo card here (and be sure to tweet with the #winSOTU hashtag).

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Can’t Be There? Follow Today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference’s March via Twitter

Can’t Be There? Follow Today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference’s March via Twitter

For the past four days, hundreds of union and civil rights activists have been honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the AFL-CIO’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta. Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the conference wraps up with a special session highlighting the labor and civil rights communities’ commitment to building on King’s dream of racial, economic and social justice for all, followed by a massive march through downtown Atlanta.

You can follow the special session and the march on Twitter @aflcio with the hashtag #1uMLK.

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The Secret to Happiness? Joining a Union!

That's the result of a study that AFSCME points us to—a study with data from 14 countries that concluded “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members, and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.”

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It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers

It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers

Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?

These are what the members of the AFL-CIO's Young Worker Advisory Council are asking for in their newly released Youth Economic Platform. This new generation of union leaders is tired of tone-deaf political conversation that completely misses the mark. They're fed up with an economy that's not working -- especially for young people.

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Will Obama Talk About Workers’ Concerns in State of the Union?

This morning we shared with you (click here) what workers want President Obama to talk about in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka weighs in with this audio message (see above) highlighting many of the president’s successes this past year. He also underscores the challenges working people still face and the work that needs to be done.

 

Listen to the message, then tell us what you want President Obama to talk about in the State of the Union address by texting WORK to 235246.

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Trash Haulers Strike and Stand Together, Win New Contract

Trash Haulers Strike and Stand Together, Win New Contract

After a 13-day strike, followed by two meetings with a federal mediator, trash haulers employed by Unity Disposal in Montgomery and Howard counties in Maryland have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.

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Hardin County, Ky., Working Families File Lawsuit to Block Local 'Right to Work' Ordinance

One of the newest tactics pushed by anti-working family extremists is to attempt to pass "right to work" laws at the local government level, and Kentucky is one of the first battlegrounds for this new approach to attacking workers. Several counties have passed such ordinances even though the out-of-state interests behind the efforts can't get such laws passed at the state level. But Hardin County's working families aren't taking the attacks without fighting back, and are taking the recently passed law in Hardin County to court, arguing that it is illegal.

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Why Don’t We Have the Politics of the Possible Anymore?

In 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP—the value of all goods and services produced in the United States) per capita of the United States stood at $15,745. In September of that year, a young man, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. In December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott would be launched. Soon everyone would know who Dr. King was and what the Montgomery Improvement Association was.

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What Do America's Workers Want to Hear in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address?

When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, America’s workers will be listening closely. Will he outline plans and solutions that will boost working families’ wages, protect workers’ right to bargain collectively, defend America’s jobs from unfair trade and more? See what the workers in the video above want to hear, then tell us what you want President Obama to talk about in the State of the Union address by texting WORK to 235246. 

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Five Causes of Wage Stagnation in the United States

Five Causes of Wage Stagnation in the United States

A series of recent reports from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) make clear the case for why wages have stagnated in the United States. 

Before digging into the details, it's important to note a few things. First off, wage stagnation is not a small problem, it's something that affects 90% of all workers. As one of the authors of these reports, Lawrence Mishel, says: "Since the late 1970s, wages for the bottom 70 percent of earners have been essentially stagnant, and between 2009 and 2013, real wages fell for the entire bottom 90 percent of the wage distribution." Second, while the Great Recession made things worse, the problem goes back 35 years. And third, and most importantly, wage stagnation is a matter of choice, not necessity.

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