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Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Jim Kenney, a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter, won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia after running a campaign as a strong raising wages champion. Once considered a long shot to win the primary, Kenney's victory joins a growing list of candidates who win elections by focusing on lifting workers up and creating pathways to the American Dream. In 2013, union member Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral race and Bill de Blasio won in New York City after similarly advocating strongly on behalf of working families.

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Trumka: America's Working Families Need Action on Currency Manipulation

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Last week I issued a statement on the importance of packaging the customs bill with Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance if senators actually were serious about strengthening U.S. trade enforcement. 

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Jose Antonio Vargas.

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Reese Witherspoon Said What? Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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UAW Chaplaincy Program Champions Compassion and Caring

UAW Chaplaincy Program Champions Compassion and Caring

One of the lesser-known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union—compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at UAW Local 599 in Flint, Mich. At the time, many UAW members—particularly those in the auto industry—were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis.  

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Union Sportsmen Raise $75,000 for Conservation Efforts

USA’s third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot set a new participation record with 125 shooters and guests.

Building on previous years' success, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot raised $75,000, shattering the previous year's total by $10,000. The event, held in Port Republic, N.J., included 125 shooters and guests; and proceeds will go to USA's conservation efforts. Among the record number of participants were 14 active duty and retired service members and five youth.

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Three Years After Colombia Deal, Workers Still Face Violence, Impunity and Unfair Working Conditions

Three years ago today, the U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement entered into force. At the time, many of the same promises that are being thrown around in the Fast Track debate also were being discussed in terms of Colombia—that the trade agreement would promote better labor conditions and create good jobs.

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State Battles Roundup

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In many states, legislative sessions have ended recently or are about to end and local governments are often active year-round. This means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that recently have passed or could be on the agenda this week or next.

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APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

On Thursday, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and its allies participated in more than 120 events in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The events rallied supporters in opposition to plans to privatize postal service and close offices and in support of good jobs, a good contract and the workers' ability to provide good service for customers. Actor Danny Glover has been a spokesperson for the campaign and continues his support today.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Sue Kunitomi Embrey

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Sue Kunitomi Embrey

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a teacher and activist who was forced into the Manzanar internment camp with her family at age 19 during World War II. She later became a leading force behind the effort to declare Manzanar internment camp a national historic site. 

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