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As Summit Concludes, U.S. and African Unions Pledge Partnership, Push Pro-Worker Policies

As Summit Concludes, U.S. and African Unions Pledge Partnership, Push Pro-Worker Policies

Last week African trade union leaders from across the continent converged on Washington, D.C., to push U.S. and African leaders to focus on decent work, worker rights and job creation during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. They challenged the growing “Africa Rising" narrative, which mainly focuses on macro-level economic growth, trade opportunities and growing consumer markets for international corporations, and sought to refocus the debate on policy changes that would improve the lives of working families.

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What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

May 2013 Fast Food Strike in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Cathy Sherwin.

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

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

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

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

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What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

Union Summer interns were pretty busy this summer at sites all over the United States. Check out some highlights in the photo slideshow (after the jump). 

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Fewer Groceries for Today’s Minimum Wage Worker

This video from Time.com tracks the value and purchasing power of the minimum wage since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first minimum wage law in 1938 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, through 22 times Congress has raised the federal wage; the last time was in 2009.

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Robin Williams Used Humor for Good Causes

Actor and comedian Robin Williams—a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner—was “not only a talented man, but a true humanitarian,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. Williams, 63, died Monday in an apparent suicide, according to authorities.

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

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

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

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Jay-Z Asks California Audience to Support Prison Reform Ballot Measure

Photo by NRK P3 via Flickr creative commons

Megastar rapper Jay-Z doesn't throw his clout behind political causes too often, but when he does, it has the potential to influence his huge audience. In a performance at the Rose Bowl last week, he asked members of the California audience to support Prop. 47 in November.

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Make the Union Choice, Switch to AT&T Wireless

Make the Union Choice, Switch to AT&T Wireless

Many union members choose to buy union-made food, gifts and other products, but did you also know you can make the union choice when it comes to your wireless provider?

All dues-paying union members and their families are eligible for AT&T’s 15% monthly discount on select monthly wireless plans. Additionally, Union Plus Credit Card holders are eligible to receive up to a $100 rebate on the purchase of a new smartphone, as well as up to a $150 rebate when switching from competing wireless providers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile.

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North Carolina Doesn't Want You to Vote: Winners and Losers of the Week

North Carolina Doesn't Want You to Vote: 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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