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Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was meant to protect our economy from Wall Street greed. The legislation was passed into law in response to the 2008 financial crisis, which caused home foreclosures for millions of families and long-term unemployment for tens of millions of workers.

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To Be Fair, Scott Walker Knows a Lot About 'Lame': Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

The most powerful, well-funded corporate special interest front group in America is coming to California this month. The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is simple: shower the 1% with special privileges and advantages at the expense of everyone else. ALEC's agenda is an affront to progress. It’s an affront to basic rights. It’s an affront to democracy.

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Presidential Candidates Need to Recognize that #BlackLivesMatter

The presidential town hall at Netroots Nation was disrupted by the powerful voices of black and brown activists ready for racial and economic justice for their communities. Conference attendees and allies learned that presidential candidates must be prepared to discuss their plans to advance the country on issues pertaining to racial equity, criminal justice and immigration reform. These issues affect all working people.

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SAG-AFTRA American Scene Awards Nominations Are Now Open

SAG-AFTRA American Scene Awards Nominations Are Now Open

SAG-AFTRA has opened submissions for their second biennial American Scene Awards® and they will close on Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. 

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Horrible Bosses: 2016 Campaign Edition

The latest video from AFSCME takes a look at the Republican presidential candidates and uses their own words to conclude that the candidates would all be horrible bosses. From Jeb Bush telling you to work longer hours, to Scott Walker saying that paying you the minimum wage is “lame,” to Marco Rubio endlessly showering love on so-called "job creators," to Donald Trump telling you "You're Fired," these candidates would be absolutely terrible to work for in pretty much any capacity, much less if they were to win the presidency.

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Report: Koch-Funded 'Concerned Veterans for America' Wants to Dismantle VA, Cut Veterans' Benefits

Report: Koch-Funded 'Concerned Veterans for America' Wants to Dismantle VA, Cut Veterans' Benefits

When our troops come home, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system keeps our nation’s promise to care for those who have borne the battle. These brave men and women served their country, and providing quality, veteran-focused VA health care and benefits is the least our nation can do to serve them in return. According to a shocking new report issued this week, however, not everyone sees it that way.

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Tell the Department of Labor to Stop Wall Street from Draining Your Retirement Account

Tell the Department of Labor to Stop Wall Street from Draining Your Retirement Account

When you pay a financial adviser to help you invest your hard-earned retirement savings, you would assume that they would be required, by law, to have your best interests at heart. But because of loopholes in the rules, advisers can get away with not only putting their own financial interests above that of their clients, but also allows them to take incentives from Wall Street firms to recommend investments that drain funds from ordinary Americans’ retirement accounts through hidden fees and lower returns. The White House Council of Economic Advisers says this costs us $17 billion a year.

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Worker Wins Update: From Podiatry to Peanuts, Workers Win Big in July

Worker Wins Update: From Podiatry to Peanuts, Workers Win Big in July

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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School’s Out but Teachers Are Organizing in Allegheny County

Adjuncts Luke Niebler, Jennie Snyder and Gene Marsh outside the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing room after the final vote count

For teachers, summer is typically sloooooooow, a much-needed break after wearing the multiple hats of social worker, soccer coach and career counselor all year long. Not so for adjuncts, who take off their hats and grab their aprons. Luke Niebler, an adjunct from the English department at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pennsylvania, said, “Summers are rough. I have an interview at Whole Foods to help make ends meet.” Adjuncts get no guarantee of summer employment and scramble when their classes get canceled last minute. Hence many turn to the service sector to supplement their meager incomes and lack of job security, which is like having to shoot yourself in the foot...twice.

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