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Trumka to Address Trade, TPP in Live Webcast Today

Trumka to Address Trade, TPP in Live Webcast Today

In a live webcast today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will discuss U.S. trade policy and American workers. The address and follow-up discussion will begin at 12:15 p.m. EDT from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The webcast will be available here.

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Can’t Be at Next Up? Here’s How to Follow the Action

Can’t Be at Next Up? Here’s How to Follow the Action

The AFL-CIO’s Next Up Young Worker Summit kicks off Thursday, when more than 1,000 young union members, students and community activists meet in Chicago to map out strategies to create an economy that works for young people, including tackling crippling student debt, low and stagnant wages, discrimination in the workplace and a host of other issues that young workers face on the job.

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Cuomo’s Wrong—New York Is Hungry for Paid Family Leave

Cuomo’s Wrong—New York Is Hungry for Paid Family Leave

The United States is the only advanced country in the world without a national paid family leave policy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently said the Empire State isn’t ready to join California, New Jersey and Rhode Island with a statewide paid leave policy. On Monday, a group of prominent women’s and workplace advocates—including AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler—and business leaders told Cuomo he is wrong.

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Trumka: Right to Work Like Zombies from ‘The Walking Dead’

Trumka: Right to Work Like Zombies from ‘The Walking Dead’

“America is demanding a raising wages economy, but that idea is under severe assault because of a push by some politicians to take America in the opposite direction with right to work,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes in an op-ed in today’s USA Today.

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Solidarity Produces Results: Winners and Losers of the Week

Solidarity Produces Results: 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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March Isn’t Just for Basketball

March Isn’t Just for Basketball

While most sports fans will be enthralled with the first round of “March Madness”—the NCAA’s college basketball championship tourney—outdoors enthusiasts can turn to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) for a bit of “Critter Madness” to decide the top big game, upland/waterfowl, saltwater or freshwater fish.

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Let’s Call It Like It Is

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on the labor market’s performance in February. The online version of their report links to supplemental tables normally left out of stories. One of those tables shows the unemployment rates of young workers 16 to 24 years old, by whether they are enrolled in school and by their education attainment and race. The table for those who are no longer enrolled and presumably completed with their education was very telling. It reported those out of school, white high school drop-outs had an unemployment rate of 17.5%, while black college graduates had an unemployment rate of 17.7%.

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Union-Made St. Patrick's Day Shopping List

Photo courtesy Beverly & Pack on Flickr

Tuesday is the day every year where we all become Irish and celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who drove away those slithery green reptiles (and, no, we don't mean congressional Republicans).  Make sure your celebration this week includes these high-quality, union-made products (full list brought to you by Union Plus).

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Productivity vs. Wages

In the latest Worker's Watch from the Alaska AFL-CIO, Deputy Political Director Kim Hays explains the disconnect between recent increases in worker productivity and stagnating wages. Take a look.

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Uber–U.N. Partnership Won’t Drive Women to Workplace Equality

This week, as thousands of women gathered at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to assess the progress of women’s rights 20 years after the historic Beijing Women’s Conference, participants were shocked to learn of a major plan to expand the low-wage Uber model around the world and create even more precarious work for women workers. 

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