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Working Families Campaigning Until the Last Minute

Working Families Campaigning Until the Last Minute

This is an important election for everyone, and working people know that and have been working hard and will continue to do so until the last poll closes in the last state. We recognize that there isn't just a choice here between two different sets of policy proposals, but a choice about what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we want to have. Here are some highlights of the work we're doing in the last few days before the election. Take a look at these and then go out and make sure that Election Day 2016 is a day of hope and progress for working people and for America.

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Trumka Memo to Union Leadership: FBI Investigation Shows Clinton Did Nothing Wrong

Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent the following memo to AFL-CIO leadership in the states:

Yesterday we learned Trump and FBI Director Comey’s October surprise was nothing but more hot air and bluster. Nothing new, nothing relevant, but Director Comey violated FBI policy to help Donald Trump. The FBI once again has determined that Hillary Clinton should face no criminal charges for her email practices.  Unbelievably, this non-issue was recklessly brought back into the final days of this presidential campaign for reasons that undoubtedly merit further investigation.

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Know Your Rights: State Laws on Employee Time Off to Vote

Photo by Ho John Lee

Federal law does not require that employers allow their workers time off to vote, but the majority of states have at least some level of protection for employees who want to leave work to engage in their civic duty. The specifics vary by state, but in each state, the rules apply to almost every type of workplace. Employers are required to know the laws and to provide adequate accommodations according to the rules of that state. Though many states allow employees to have up to three hours off during the time the polls are open (the number of hours varies by state), nearly all of the states allow employers to refuse time off to vote.

Check out your state after the jump. 

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Painting the Canvass: A Day in the Life of a Union Canvasser

Volunteer Stephanie Tesch and me before we head out to knock on doors!

I’ve knocked on doors for candidates and campaigns before. Like most of the people in the group I’m with today, I’m not shy and I love connecting with people. But as much as I hate to admit it, I’m still approximately a million times more comfortable engaging on social media than I am knocking on the doors of strangers — even if it’s to ensure the future of working families.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Visits Ohio to Rally Working People Against Donald Trump

Ohio is an important swing state in next week's presidential election, and if Donald Trump fails to win the state, his path toward victory is very narrow. That's why AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was in the state making sure that working people know how important their vote is. Here is some of the media coverage of Trumka's visit.

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