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A Solution, but Not the Solution

A Solution, but Not the Solution

We should all congratulate President Barack Obama for pulling the education debate into the 21st century, or perhaps dragging it into the late 20th century, by proposing access to free education through at least an associate's degree. But this merely restates the obvious.

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A Glimpse at the Inside Information on Economic Thinking

A Glimpse at the Inside Information on Economic Thinking

Just after the new year, the American Economic Association and experts in the various other economics specialties met in Boston. Many of the sessions are small conversations among a narrow band of economic inquiry. But some sessions include key economic policymakers who, when speaking to their “own,” are sometimes candid about how economists are viewing the policy dilemma of this global slump.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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Now or Never: Fight Back Against Fast Track

An unholy coalition of President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable are working together to pass Fast Track authorization for the largest trade giveaway ever, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in the next 100 days.

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Overtime Pay Rule Needs ‘Bold’ Action, says Trumka

President Barack Obama needs to “go bold” with the upcoming revision of overtime pay rules expected shortly from the Department of Labor, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. In the video above, he says:

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With 252,000 New Jobs, December Unemployment Drops to 5.6%

With 252,000 New Jobs, December Unemployment Drops to 5.6%

The economy added 252,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% from November’s 5.8%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Republican House Bill Cuts Workers' Health Care Coverage

Republican House Bill Cuts Workers' Health Care Coverage

Some 1 million workers could lose their employer-provided health insurance under a Republican bill (H.R. 30) passed by the House (252-172, with 12 Democrats crossing the aisle.) today. On top of stripping health care coverage from those workers, the bill also would add some $53.2 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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First Target for House Republicans? Cutting Social Security

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On the very first day that the new larger House Republican majority got to work, it made a move that could mean some 11 million people who receive Social Security disability benefits will see their lifeline benefits cut by 20% in 2016—or even cuts to Social Security retirement benefits for everyone.

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8 Things You Need to Know About Trade Deals This Year

8 Things You Need to Know About Trade Deals This Year

A lot of the buzz about the new Republican-controlled Senate is about international trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and so-called Fast Track authority. As we previously discussed, the problems with Fast Track and TPP are plentiful. They aren't good for working families. They cost jobs and increase inequality. Here are eight things you need to know about TPP, Fast Track and other potential trade deals this year:

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Raising Wages Summit

Today, the AFL-CIO is sponsoring a National Summit on Raising Wages with a broad range of speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and actress Piper Perabo, among many others. Panelists will discuss the need to raise wages for working people in America. Watch the summit via live stream.

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