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Join APWU’s May National Day of Action to Save Public Postal Service

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On May 14, members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and their union and community allies will hold a national day of action to spotlight the nation’s need for a strong and vital U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and a fair contract for APWU members.

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Something Hard to Understand

Each week, another candidate throws a hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential campaign—a constant reminder that President Barack Obama is at the end of his term. Currently, the president is engaged in a high-stakes battle, twisting the arms of the Democratic Party base and pressuring his close congressional allies, like the Congressional Black Caucus, to help salvage his attempt to hammer through a multination “trade” agreement with Pacific Ocean rim nations. That is simply very hard to understand.

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Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Starting next week, we will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers, who have been an element of change and a champion for working people, by highlighting their contributions to the labor movement, fight for immigration reform and civil rights.

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223,000 New Jobs in April Dip Jobless Rate to 5.4%

223,000 New Jobs in April Dip Jobless Rate to 5.4%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 5.4% compared to 5.5% in March, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of new jobs is a big increase from March’s revised downward number of 85,000.

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D.C. Residents Can Now Support Good Jobs with Every Dollar They Spend

D.C. Residents Can Now Support Good Jobs with Every Dollar They Spend

The American middle class is at risk, with rising income inequality, the continued loss of good jobs and retirement security vanishing. As workers fight back by organizing at workplaces across the country, they now have another tool that reaches every American, a powerful good jobs consumer movement that promotes the interests of America’s workers and high-road businesses while ensuring the growth of the nation’s economy.

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Young New Jersey Workers Look to Past for Clues for Future

More than 25 young workers in New Jersey took a step back in history during a tour of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon. By understanding the past, young workers are developing the knowledge necessary to ensure a robust future for the labor movement. This is an ongoing theme of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers program, and we thank Passaic County Youth Engagement in Solidarity (YES), the Passaic County Labor Council, the American Labor Museum and union affiliates for making this special event possible.

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A Trade Pact in the Corporate Interest

Fast Track is “a blank check for yet another ‘free trade’ deal, with the same inadequate safeguards as previous failed deals,” write AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs and Ralph Gomory, a New York University research professor and president emeritus of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a recent Hufffington Post column.  

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N.J. AFL-CIO Proud to Be Part of Pension Funding Fight Before State Supreme Court

N.J. AFL-CIO Proud to Be Part of Pension Funding Fight Before State Supreme Court

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our affiliated public employee unions in the fight for state pension funding before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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Reminder: Saturday Is Your Chance to Make a Difference

Reminder: Saturday Is Your Chance to Make a Difference

Don't forget your chance to make a difference in the lives of people in your community by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers' (NALC's) 23rd annual "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. This Saturday, May 9, letter carriers around the country will lead the largest one-day food drive in the United States. Last year, they collected more than 72 million pounds of food (bringing the all-time total since the drive began in 1993 to a staggering 1.3 billion pounds of food collected and distributed).  

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Tufts Students' Hunger Strike Seeks Justice and Jobs for Janitors

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Five students at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., are continuing their hunger strike that began May 3 to protest the university’s plan to cut its janitorial staff by 17%, by firing one in six janitorial workers in early June.

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