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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Funding authority for the nation’s highway and transit programs (known as MAP 21) expires at the end of May and Congress needs to pass a long-term, fully funded extension, AFL-CIO Government Affairs representative Tom Trotter recently told a Capitol Hill rally.

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Worker Wins Update: April Showers Bring Big Wins for Workers

Photo courtesy Jay Baker on Flickr

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

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Trumka: Time to Abolish ‘Undemocratic’ Fast Track Process

In a hearing on U.S. trade policy Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Senate Finance Committee, “We don’t believe we can build strong and sustainable economic growth on a foundation of stagnant wages and disempowered workers.”

And a key component of a raising wages economy is a new approach to trade and globalization—one that puts good jobs, safe products and a clean environment at the center of global economic integration—not enhanced corporate power and profits.

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What Union Members 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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11 Ways Big Banks Make Life Harder for Working Families

A new report from the Center for Popular Democracy examines the ways that large financial institutions are helping dismantle the middle class and making life more difficult for working families. The top 10 banks alone bring in some $100 billion in annual profits, and a significant amount of that revenue is generated from sometimes unethical and questionable tactics that working families have a hard time fighting back against.

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Week of Action Against Fast Track Capped by Rally and March in D.C.

Photo courtesy Campaign for America's Future

On Monday, hundreds of workers and their allies rallied in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., then marched to the U.S. Trade Representative's office in opposition to Fast Track trade legislation that would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to pass with little oversight or public input. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was a featured speaker at the rally and joined AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, political commentator Jim Hightower, Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, Alliance for a Just Society, USAction and workers from numerous unions in the rally, which also featured a giant TPP Trojan horse.

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Rana Plaza, 2 Years Later: Garment Workers Under Siege

Solidarity Center photo

April 24 is the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,130 garment workers. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell reports that in the months after the 2013 tragedy, global outrage spurred much-needed changes, including the closing of dozens of unsafe factories, the adoption of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and, most significantly, the formation and recognition of workers’ unions by the Bangladeshi government.

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Fast-Tracking Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Transport Workers on Flickr

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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20 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Words Still Matter

Public domain photo by Staff Sergeant Mark A. More - DefenseImagery.mil

Sunday, April 19, was the 20th anniversary of the horrific bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that claimed the lives of 186 people, including 99 government workers. In a column on The Huffington Post, AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. writes:

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