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Should a Criminal Record Make You Jobless and Homeless?

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When someone is convicted of a crime in the United States, the law provides a range of possible penalties. In most cases, there is some discretion for the judge in terms of the specific penalty, but there are usually minimum and maximum penalties that have some relation to the crime. The American justice system is based on the idea that once you are convicted of a crime, you pay your penalty, and then you get a chance to learn from your mistake and improve your life.  But the reality is often something quite different.

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Student Debt Abuse: It’s Not Just Sallie Mae

Student Debt Abuse: It’s Not Just Sallie Mae

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General just released a scathing audit report on the department’s Office of Federal Student Aid’s (FSA's) handling of contracts with private companies that collect defaulted federal student loans.

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The World Trade Organization Strikes Again, Undermines U.S. Law and U.S. Workers!

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Once again, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has issued a decision that leaves American manufacturers—and those who work for them—behind. In two separate decisions just released (Case DS436, concerning carbon steel from India, and Case DS437, concerning solar panels and 16 other products from China), the WTO ruled that the United States had violated its WTO obligations in the manner that it applied countervailing duties on products from the two countries.

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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 families' news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Trumka: Humanitarian Crisis Has Brought Out the Best and Worst in Us

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In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America and coming into the United States and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement saying that the crisis has brought about the best and worst amongst us.

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Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

The announcement by Staples yesterday, indicating it is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program, “is a ruse,” says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein. 

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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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Janet Yellen, Organizing in the South and Women Workers Bargaining Collectively Highlight Netroots Nation Labor Panels

Janet Yellen, Organizing in the South and Women Workers Bargaining Collectively Highlight Netroots Nation Labor Panels

The annual Netroots Nation convention for progressive bloggers and activists will be held in Detroit this year, with a strong selection of labor panels, including the rise of Janet Yellen as the chair of the Federal Reserve, worker organizing in the South and how the original way to "lean in" is by worker solidarity and collective action. The full schedule of panels and speeches, which includes appearances by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, can be found online.

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Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

The House is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May. While the real need is a multi-year reauthorization, this short-term reauthorization will keep workers on the job this summer and fall fixing our bridges, operating our transit systems and making our highways safer.

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Saunders: AFSCME Adds 92,155 New Members in 2014

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In January, AFSCME committed to helping 50,000 people join the union with a “50,000 Stronger” campaign. AFSCME President Lee Saunders announced on the first day of the organization's international convention that the union has nearly doubled that goal, with more than 90,000 workers choosing AFSCME so far in 2014. More than 20,000 of the new members are home care workers, who were recently the target of the troubling Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.

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