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Pro Right to Work Politicians in West Virginia Attack Working People on the State Senate Floor

West Virginia state Sen. Robert Karnes (R) doesn't think too highly of everyday working people trying to create a better life and earn wages to sustain a family on. In fact, he called the concerned citizens who attended a recent "right to work" bill debate "free riders." Watch the video above.

Karnes is one of the Republicans in leadership in the West Virginia Senate pushing a bill that out-of-state corporate CEOs just love. One that would lower wages, make workplaces less safe, increase poverty and lower access to adequate health care. It's clear the Republican leaders don't think too highly of West Virginia's working people. 

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The Working People Weekly List

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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Here’s Some History to Help Understand the Racial Wealth Gap

A company of 4th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, (USCT) Infantry/Wikimedia

Next month is Black History Month. We will hear stories about black Americans and their successes in this country against the barriers (slavery, Jim Crow, poll tax just to name a few) thrown in their paths. Yet for every success story, there is still the nagging fact that the median net wealth of white households is 12.2 times greater than that of black households.

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One Union Summer Later, Three Found Their Calling as Organizers

Tarah Taylor, Patricia Recinos, Shaine Griffin, Lynda Berg

Meet Tarah Taylor, Lynda Berg and Shaine Griffin from the class of Union Summer 2014. These superstar summeristas are working alongside nurses, and one another, as union organizers with California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United in the fight for working people. Now the three of them work together in Southern California, and Shaine and Tarah are even roommates.

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By Our Hands: A Sex Advice Columnist Says Unions Are Great

By Our Hands: A Sex Advice Columnist Says Unions Are Great

Today, the AFL-CIO is launching a new online magazine through Medium called “By Our Hands.” This new feature will highlight the stories of working people and national figures—and some that may come as unexpected such as from sex advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage in the first offering. This periodical publication will include content from the AFL-CIO and contributing authors. Make sure to check it out often, and we’ll be sure to pass along some of the top content as it comes.

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New Report: A Year of the Raising Wages Agenda

New Report: A Year of the Raising Wages Agenda

Marking nearly one year since the first-ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

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Paid Leave Momentum Continues to Grow: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Jamelle Boule on Flickr

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights. 

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Talk About Your Salary in the Fight for Pay Equality

Talk About Your Salary in the Fight for Pay Equality

Something we can do right now to combat pay inequality in the workplace is talk with our co-workers about our salaries. While Congress works to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to address the multiple barriers to pay equality, knowing our rights could help us now.

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Change the Rules, Be the Power: Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Change the Rules, Be the Power: Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

This past weekend, more than 1,000 participants attended the 2016 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, the largest edition of the conference yet. This year's theme was Change the Rules, Be the Power, and here are some social media highlights of the conference.

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The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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