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Another Reason TPP Won’t Work: Currency Manipulation

Last week, China, the world’s second largest economy, devalued its currency by about 4% against the dollarVietnam—a party to the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations—followed suit. This devaluation makes it tougher to sell U.S. goods on the world market—by making “Made in America” goods relatively more expensive and Vietnamese and Chinese goods relatively cheaper. 

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Union Summer Interns and Carwasheros Are Cleaning Up a Dirty Industry

Union Summer Interns and Carwasheros Are Cleaning Up a Dirty Industry

Carwasheros, workers in the car wash industry who are coming together to make change, in two cities are taking to the streets and AFL-CIO Union Summer interns are standing side by side in solidarity with them in Los Angeles and New York City. 

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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 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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New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s 19th Labor Candidates School Draws Record Class, Positions Workers to Win in November

Thirty-four union members, representing 23 local unions, took part in the 19th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School on Aug. 15-16, 2015.

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Amazon Sounds a Lot Like a Jungle: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.

Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. 

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Shuler Spotlights Organizing Efforts in Twin Cities

In the video above, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler discusses the type of coalition-building that is necessary to succeed in efforts like those in Minnesota's Twin Cities to raise wages and improve working conditions. 

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Union-Made School Supplies Checklist

Union-Made School Supplies Checklist

Make sure that backpack is stuffed with union-quality school supplies. Take our checklist out and be happy knowing you’ve passed the union-made test!

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Watch Retirees React to Republican Presidential Candidates' Words

In a hilarious new video from AFSCME, retirees read aloud and react to some of the out-of-touch ideas the right-wing Republican presidential candidates have been tossing out this cycle. You're bound to laugh at their reactions.

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DACA Brought us One Step Closer to Justice and We Will Protect it by Fighting for More!

DACA Brought us One Step Closer to Justice and We Will Protect it by Fighting for More!

Three years ago, I, along with the entire immigrant rights community, experienced a major victory when President Obama implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) granting legal status to thousands of immigrants who, like myself, came to the United States as children. I migrated to the United States in 1997 with my mother and younger sister when I was only nine. My family left our home in Cuernavaca Moreles, Mexico to find a better, safer life that would allow us to remain together. As we settled into our new neighborhood in a predominantly Black and Brown Pasadena neighborhood, I began to experience some of the negative treatment that comes along with being undocumented in the U.S.

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