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Today’s Farm Workers Aren’t Free

Today’s Farm Workers Aren’t Free

Freedom to come together and negotiate in a union is pretty high on the list of the reforms working people are fighting for. This is even more important in the case of migrant farm workers. They work seasonal jobs that are not only dependent on their bosses, but for the very visa that gains them entrance into the country for their livelihood.

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AFL-CIO Supports Suspension of All U.S. Funding for Honduran Security Forces

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The AFL-CIO supports the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend all funding to Honduran security forces. These forces have engaged in well-documented cases of excessive use of deadly force, abuse of power and entrenched corruption. Just this week, another indigenous activist, Yaneth Urquia Urquia, was kidnapped and murdered. The AFL-CIO calls for a suspension of funding from the U.S. Congress and loans from multilateral development banks until abuses by security forces stop and those responsible are prosecuted.

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The Economy Adds 287,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.9%

The Economy Adds 287,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 287,000 jobs in June and unemployment rose slightly to 4.9%, up from 4.7% in May, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Working People at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City Strike Decent Wages and Benefits

Working People at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City Strike Decent Wages and Benefits

Working people at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, walked off the job on Friday, launching a strike against the greedy actions of billionaire Carl Icahn, the current owner of the casino. Workers at other Atlantic City casinos reached tentative agreements last week, but Icahn's opposition to treating working people fairly means that nearly a thousand cooks, housekeepers, servers and other staff are on strike.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Death of Police Officers in Dallas

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in reaction to the shootings of police officers in Dallas.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in reaction to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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What Working People Are Doing This Week

What Working People Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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Wait, Sen. Johnson Said What About Working People with Cancer? 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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Rebuilding the World Trade Center: Veterans Trade Helmets for Hard Hats with Union Training

On the Fourth of July, we take a look back at a powerful recent story of working people giving back to their country. Please watch the video and enjoy the holiday!

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Working Families Making Their Voices Heard in 2016 Elections

Working Families Making Their Voices Heard in 2016 Elections

As with every election cycle, working families are paying close attention to which candidates champion them and which candidates promise policies that will hurt us. Here are some stories from this past week that show what we're saying and who we're saying it about.

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