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Biden: 'Unions Are the Reason We Have the Best Workers in the World'

Vice President Joe Biden headlined a diverse group of leaders who spoke at the Career and Technical Education Workforce Development Summit yesterday, an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO and AFT. Biden was joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and numerous labor, business and community leaders who spoke to a packed house.

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Striking Walmart Workers Stage L.A. Sit-Downs at Stores and in the Street

Photo by Cluadia Koerner via Twitter

In Los Angeles yesterday, Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. They were protesting an end to retaliation when they speak out for $15 an hour, full-time hours and respect at work.  

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Trumka: Labor Prepared to Combat Assaults on Workers' Rights

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While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don't pass. He said the labor federation would continue to focus on the agenda that working families want, one of raising wages and creating an economy that works for all Americans.

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Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Tens of thousands of registered nurses around the country staged strikes, rallies and marches yesterday to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said:

Nurses, who have been willing to stand by the patients whether it's the flu, whether it's Ebola, whether it's cancer, are now being asked to put themselves in harm's way unprotected, unguarded.

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Walmart Workers Stage Sit-Down at L.A. Store

In Southern California, Walmart workers, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, have placed tape over their mouths, signifying the company’s efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. You can watch the live stream of the action below or at Blackfridayprotests.org. (The free Ustream feed  will contain occasional advertisements.)

 
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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

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

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

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Hey, Walmart, Want to Fix Those Sales Problems? Why Not Invest in Workers?

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An internal memo, recently leaked by a Walmart manager, urged store managers to improve lagging sales, primarily through addressing problems with understocked shelves and with keeping fresh meat, dairy and produce stocked and aging or expired items off the shelves. Such complaints are widespread at Walmart stores and are likely a significant factor in the company's sales, which have lagged for 18 months. While the memo catalogs problems the company faces, it ignores the two most obvious solutions—giving workers adequate hours and paying those workers the $15 living wage they've been calling for. 

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

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

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

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America's Unions Honor the Legacy of Veterans and Active Service Members

America's Unions Honor the Legacy of Veterans and Active Service Members

U.S. military service and unionism go hand-in-hand—and always have. Working people stormed the beaches of Normandy, waded the rivers of Southeast Asia and planted dusty boots on the deserts of the Middle East.

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I Am AFGE: Vets Helping Vets

This video in the AFGE's series "I Am AFGE" is very appropriate for Veterans Day. It introduces us to Christopher Lee Castle, an AFGE vice president and a veteran who took a job as a loan specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs so he could help his fellow soldiers. This video expresses not only the true spirit of our men and women in uniform, but the true spirit of America on the day we say "thank you" for their service.

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