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Holiday Gift Shopping? Check Out These Union-Made in America Ideas

Holiday Gift Shopping? Check Out These Union-Made in America Ideas

It’s getting there, but it’s not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).

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SAG-AFTRA Members Choose Award Nominees

SAG-AFTRA Members Choose Award Nominees

The nominees for SAG-AFTRA’s 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in motion pictures and television were announced this week, with “Birdman” and “Modern Family” leading the list with nominations. 

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Just Because the Engine is Running Doesn’t Mean It Has Gas

Last week, in good news for everyone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a monthly net payroll gain of 321,000 in November and revised the gains for September and October by an additional 44,000. This means over the last three months, job gains averaged a little more than 278,000. That is a number big enough to finally bring down the unemployment figures in a meaningful way. And, it means this is the strongest year of job growth since 1998.

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Debt Relief Scammers Preying on Student Loan Borrowers

Working families who’ve saved, sacrificed and borrowed to go to college or send a family member are struggling to meet the demands of their student loans. Now those folks who feel like they’re drowning in debt from getting an education and training that makes them more productive—and makes the United States more competitive—are being targeted by so-called debt relief companies.

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Support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

Support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

A bipartisan bill currently before the Senate is focused on increasing efforts to prevent suicide among our veterans. According to a study done by the Veterans Administration (VA), an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

The AFL-CIO's Union Veterans Council strongly urges you to support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. We need your help to push the Senate to vote on this measure before lawmakers go home for the holidays. Sign our petition to tell them this veterans' crisis deserves their attention. 

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Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Potomac Disposal: ‘More for Me, None for You’

Under a contract with Montgomery County, Md., Potomac Disposal, Inc. collects trash from more than 40,000 households. Now Potomac is asking the county for a raise. But the company’s CEO says he has no intention of sharing any additional money it may receive from the county with its workers, members of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657.

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NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take effect on April 14. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Supreme Court Rules That Companies Don't Have to Compensate Workers for Required Time at Work

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Using logic so tortured that Dick Cheney would approve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that companies didn't have to compensate workers for required security checkpoint waits that take as long as 30 minutes a day to complete. The ruling overturned a federal appeals court decision from 2013, which held that workers at a warehouse that provides services for Amazon.com should be compensated for the time they were required to go through security checkpoints whose purpose was to prevent employee theft. The workers don't work directly for Amazon but are hired by Integrity Staffing Solutions. The outcome of the case is likely to affect workers at other companies, such as Apple and CVS, who are currently engaged in similar lawsuits.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has released important research about the economy in the last few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces it has uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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