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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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11 Great Reasons to Vote

I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who are on the fence—who think elections in non-presidential years just aren’t that important. Not true!

Here are 11 great reasons you can share with them to get them to the polls (after the jump). 

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Kentucky Debate: Grimes Has Jobs Plan, McConnell Defends Gridlock

Photo via Alison Lundergan Grimes Facebook page.

Monday’s debate, between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell in the race for McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, “demonstrated the clear contrast, between Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed ‘guardian of gridlock,’ and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who offered sensible and compassionate responses coupled with an understanding of the challenges facing working Kentuckians,” said Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan.

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Union-Made in America Halloween Candy Shopping List

Photo via MzScarlett/Flickr

If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, has an extensive list of union-made candies. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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So Now Replacing 100-Year Old Tunnels Is a Liberal Boondoggle?

So Now Replacing 100-Year Old Tunnels Is a Liberal Boondoggle?

On Oct. 2, Amtrak reported that four of its century-old underwater rail tunnels in and out of New York City are in need of extensive repairs and that service will be "badly curtailed"—terrible news for both daily commuters and passengers who take 260 million trips a year along the vital Northeast Corridor. While some may see this as a local issue, this transportation crisis could cripple a region that produces 20% of our GDP. More importantly, how elected leaders respond will say a lot about whether we have the will to fix highways and bridges, provide transit service, build runways and modernize seaports in communities across the country.

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6.8 Million Latino Workers

6.8 Million Latino Workers

Hispanic Heritage Month offers a time to recognize the contributions of the nearly 53 million Hispanic workers living in the United States and to highlight the issues facing our community. One critical issue is the federal minimum wage. Every day, millions of Latinos go to work but struggle to support themselves and their families. Working with unions in the labor movement, we have seen the positive impact of fair wages on the lives of workers and their families. As a Latina advocate for workers, I have witnessed the difference higher wages can make on living conditions for workers and on future opportunities for their children.

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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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TWU Hitting the Streets for Working Family Candidates

As these videos from the Transport Workers (TWU) union show, working people across the country are gearing up to get out the vote and elect candidates on Nov. 4 who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy and CEOs. They are knocking on doors, making phone calls and talking to their friends, neighbors and co-workers. Take a look.

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When I Hear, 'If You Don't Like It Here, Leave!' I Respond With: 'Nah, Bro, I'll Do This Instead'

Bad things happen when good people don't go exercise one of the most important rights we have as citizens of the United States. So...I'll be there. You?

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Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. 

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