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Working People in Unions Stand with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers in Uncertain Times

On the heels of a rancorous election cycle, working people in unions around the country are assuring members who feel threatened and unsafe that the labor movement will stand with them in these uncertain times. The following statement of solidarity was issued by Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed next steps on immigration (after the jump). 

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'Hate Cannot Be the New Normal': Teachers, Working People in Unions, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Urge President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Speech

'Hate Cannot Be the New Normal': Teachers, Working People in Unions, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Urge President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Speech

As the number of hate-related incidents has been escalating in the recent days following the 2016 election campaign marked by the extreme and hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump, working people in unions are calling on the president-elect to take a stand. During his acceptance speech, Trump said he would work to unite all working people.

Working people are demanding that Trump commit to representing all of America’s people by "loudly, forcefully, unequivocally and consistently denouncing these acts and the ideology that drives them."

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The On-Demand Economy Is Smaller Than You Think

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A lot of people assume that a hefty share of working people earn money in the “platform economy”—also called the “gig economy” or the “on-demand economy.”

According to a new report, however, only 0.5% of adults in the United States earn income from digital labor platforms—such as Uber and Task Rabbit—that are used to provide labor or services. That works out to a little more than 1 million people.

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Here’s Your Union-Made in America Thanksgiving Shopping List

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Before you put together your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, check our list of union-made in America food and other items that are essential to a traditional family Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of thanks, a big thank you to the Union Label and Service Trades Department (ULSTD), Union Plus and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, for compiling their extensive catalogs of union-made products.

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New Training Center to Focus on Building Diversity in Boston Luxury Hotels

More than 30 new hotels are under development. Gaming is arriving in Massachusetts. Hundreds of current hotel workers are moving toward retirement. The hospitality industry in Boston is growing dramatically. The implications: Employers are searching for more high-skill workers who see hotel and hospitality opportunities as a wise career choice, not just a temporary job.

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IBEW Apprenticeship: One of the Most Rewarding Decisions I Ever Made

Photo of Hannah Cooper.

Over the next few months, we'll be following the story of Hannah Cooper, an apprentice with Electrical Workers (IBEW). Check out her first entry below:

My entire life my mother has been a union electrician—a fact of life I never thought to question. It was where she spent her days while I was growing up, and it gave her the means to support our family. Although I understood and in my own way appreciated this fact, it never once occurred to me when considering potential career paths. I had this idea that I was going to make a career for myself in the arts and spend my time traveling the world as a dancer—maybe do some part-time modeling for supplemental income—acquire a bachelor's degree at a four-year university back East and maybe try to join a dance company. This was the plan anyways, from my early years of childhood up through the first half of my senior year of high school, when I realized I didn’t want to be a dancer anymore. I stopped showing up to my college auditions, completely throwing a wrench in the plan.

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The Future of Veterans and Workers Under a Trump Presidency

Today is Veterans Day. 

Donald Trump made veterans, trade and jobs the cornerstones of his campaign. Veterans turned out en masse to support his candidacy, and now candidate Trump is president-elect Trump. But not all veterans cast their votes for him. I didn’t. In fact, I spent most of the last year actively campaigning against him. But the voters have spoken and it’s time to come together, accepting of the work we have ahead. Veterans and the working class are ready to work with President-elect Trump to make some of his campaign promises a reality, in the right way and in line with our belief system and values.

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WATCH Elizabeth Warren: 'We Will Fight for the Working People of This Country'

WATCH Elizabeth Warren: 'We Will Fight for the Working People of This Country'

I strongly believe the outcome of this election is an indictment of politics as usual—the type of politics Sen. Elizabeth Warren has spent her career fighting against.

That’s because she leads with her values. Sen. Warren understands better than anyone that Washington must turn away from neoliberalism and trickle-down economics—trade agreements written by and for big corporations, economic policies drafted in Wall Street board rooms and the assumption that only those with money should have power.

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