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California Passes Paid Sick Days Law but Home Health Care Workers Left Out

Infographic via ThinkProgress

Six and a half million California workers will now have access to paid sick days, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Workers will be able to earn three paid sick days a year. Unfortunately, home care workers were excluded from the final bill. 

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13 Years After 9/11, Honor the Victims, Help Those Still Suffering

IAFF photo illustration

Today we mark the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11. As we honor the memories of the lives that were lost that day, we also should remember the thousands of people who are still suffering.

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Meet the Veterans Who Rebuilt the World Trade Center

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, here's a little "Throwback Thursday" recognition of the veterans who rebuilt the World Trade Center and became highly skilled members of the union building and construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program. 

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Letter Carriers Honored for Heroic Actions

Jermaine Shirley, NALC photo

On a December morning last year, when Connecticut Letter Carriers (NALC) member Jermaine Shirley smelled smoke in an apartment building, he called 911, alerted residents and caught two young children thrown from a window as fire engulfed the building. For that quick action, Shirley was honored today as NALC’s 2014 National Hero of the Year.

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How the Government Can Lead on Supporting Businesses that Lift Working Standards

How the Government Can Lead on Supporting Businesses that Lift Working Standards

Through our tax dollars used in government purchasing, U.S. taxpayers are collectively the largest buyer of goods in services in the world. Being that big gives us power. And it gives us responsibility to hold the government accountable for how it spends those dollars. However, our government does very little to ensure that our tax dollars are spent responsibly, whether it’s through buying uniforms, electronics or food from businesses that support decent conditions in the thousands of workplaces in the United States and around the world. 

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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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Musicians Satirize Lionsgate's Offshoring Practices in 'Right Here at the Top'

Musicians Satirize Lionsgate's Offshoring Practices in 'Right Here at the Top'

Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) wrote a song satirizing the film company Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) for placing profits ahead of people by outsourcing jobs in the production of its movies. AFM is calling on Lionsgate to stop offshoring musicians' jobs and live up to the standards maintained by other movie companies.

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6 Reasons Why Scott Walker Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Gateway Technical College on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is (surprise, surprise) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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Boston Passes Strong ‘Trust Act’

Union members at the Boston Trust Act hearings.

On Aug. 25, Martin J. Walsh, the mayor of Boston, signed the “Boston Trust Act,” one of the strongest such ordinances passed to date to protect immigrants from being unfairly targeted under the terms of the federal Secure Communities program.

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I'm a Koch Sister, Too!

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler with Joyce and Karen Koch

You’ve heard of the Koch Brothers, the ultra-rich, corporate extremists whose deep pockets are flooding election-season airwaves. Too often, their goals are part of a political playbook to drive down wages, cut Social Security and Medicare and secure more corporate tax breaks at the expense of our environment. Their money may dominate America's politics and lawmaking, but their values and ideals sure don’t.

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