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Bangladesh: Garment Workers, Unions Demand Justice on Anniversary of Activist’s Murder

Bangladesh: Garment Workers, Unions Demand Justice on Anniversary of Activist’s Murder

Four years after the tortured, lifeless body of Bangladesh garment worker–organizer Aminul Islam was discovered in a ditch, his killers have yet to be arrested. Yesterday, the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation and Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity demanded that authorities find and bring Aminul’s killers to trial.

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Working Familes at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace

Working Familes at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace

Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they’ve decided to take a stand to create a better workplace. They want to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer. They’re fighting to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and to get Verizon to end its continued intimidation of working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.

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The Department of Education Just Did Something Major for Americans with Disabilities

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Starting yesterday, more than 387,000 people began finding out they qualify for complete forgiveness of their existing federal student loan debt.

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What Colombia Can Teach Us About the TPP

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In the past five years, 126 trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia. This is in addition to 74 other murder attempts. Investigations have produced almost no indictments or convictions. Colombia continues to fail to formalize employment, to protect working people who want a voice on the job and to address vast inequality.

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$15 an Hour Is Only Part of the Answer

$15 an Hour Is Only Part of the Answer

This past week, two of this country’s biggest states, California and New York, took monumental steps to combat income inequality in America. Both passed legislation to increase their minimum wage to $15 an hour in the coming years. That’s more than double the paltry $7.25 an hour guaranteed by the federal government. More than 9 million working people will benefit from higher wages and larger paychecks. This is really life-altering.

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Judge Rules Right to Work Violates Wisconsin Constitution: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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American Enterprise Institute Creates a Fantasy About Runaway CEO Pay

American Enterprise Institute Creates a Fantasy About Runaway CEO Pay

Once again, the right-wing neoconservatives at the American Enterprise Institute have created their alternative version of reality regarding runaway CEO pay levels. AEI claims that the average pay for chief executives was a mere $220,700 in 2015.

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Family and Allies of Berta Cáceres Remember Her Life and Continue Her Struggle

Family and Allies of Berta Cáceres Remember Her Life and Continue Her Struggle

Like many who speak up in Honduras, indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was murdered for her activism. She was repeatedly threatened and eventually murdered just before midnight on March 2. Since 1993, Cáceres worked to build a democratic, just and sustainable Honduras. More than a month after her assassination, there is little reason to believe that the Honduran government is handling the investigation properly or addressing the causes of this and many other acts of violence against human rights defenders. As a reminder to those in positions of power to bring justice to Honduras, and in Berta’s honor, the Cáceres family, movement leaders and allies of COPINH, the organization she founded, marched yesterday in Washington, D.C., from the World Bank to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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End of Pfizer-Allergan Merger Could Save U.S. Taxpayers Billions

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The withdrawal by New York-based pharma giant Pfizer of a proposed merger with Irish company Allergan could save U.S. taxpayers billions. If the merger had been completed under the Treasury Department's old rules, Pfizer could have dodged paying $35 billion in taxes on $150 billion in overseas profits. In 2014, Treasury revised rules to make it harder for corporations to use the process called "inversion" to avoid paying taxes in the United States. The AFL-CIO recently joined more than 50 organizations that sent a letter to the Treasury calling for stiffer rules on inversion so that companies are required to pay their fair share.

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Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Labor's final fiduciary ruling.

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