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Bike-Share Employees Reject Walmart Model, Vote to Unionize

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Wanted: skilled employees willing to work in a hazardous, low-wage environment without training, benefits or a predictable schedule.

This isn’t an ad for working at Walmart. Rather, it’s a list of the reasons that workers at a bike-share venture in Boston voted to unionize with the Transport Workers (TWU) in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board conducted on Thursday. The election drew in 95% of eligible voters and led to an overwhelming three-fourths vote for union representation in a clear repudiation of practices that are becoming more common in technology-driven ventures.

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Fast-Food Workers Rise Up: 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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I Am AFGE: Ensuring Equal Pay

In this video from AFGE’s “I Am AFGE” series we meet Audrey Townsend, the women’s coordinator for AFGE Local 383 in Washington, D.C., which represents District of Columbia government employees.  

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Public Ranks Postal Service #1 Agency

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The congressional Republicans and U.S. Postal Service executives who’ve been trying to gut the Postal Service and denigrating the work of the men and women who keep the mail moving ought to take a listen to the American public. A recent Gallup Poll found that Americans rate the Postal Service highest among 13 government agencies.

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321,000 New Jobs Added in November, Jobless Rate Remains 5.8%

321,000 New Jobs Added in November, Jobless Rate Remains 5.8%

The economy added 321,000 jobs in November—a big jump from October’s 214,000—and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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SEC Caves in to Pressure and Postpones Finalizing Rule Requiring Companies to Disclose the Ratio of CEO-to-Worker Pay

SEC Caves in to Pressure and Postpones Finalizing Rule Requiring Companies to Disclose the Ratio of CEO-to-Worker Pay

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has caved in to pressure from business groups and Republican lawmakers to postpone requiring companies to disclose the pay gap between their top executive and their median employee.

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Do You Know Your Union-Made Gifts?

Do You Know Your Union-Made Gifts?

Can’t find the perfect gift? Buy union!

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, buying union-made and made-in-America products means supporting good jobs. And there's no better gift than that.

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Trumka: House Bill Would Lead to Further Exploitation of Immigrant Workers

In response to a Republican bill that would block executive action on immigration reform, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.

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Why They Call It a Labor 'Market': What the President Got Wrong

With millions of people’s lives in limbo because of our dysfunctional and misaligned immigration system, President Barack Obama acted last month to reach a commonsense approach to resolving the deportations implied by law with practicality, while awaiting a final resolution from Congress—more than a year in waiting. Of course, the same House Republican leadership that shut down the government rather than do its job of passing a budget—and was in session less than one-third of the year—objected, claiming the president was trying to do its job.

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