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A 90-by-60-Foot Light Display on the Side of Our Building Makes a Pretty Big Statement on Deportations

A 90-by-60-Foot Light Display on the Side of Our Building Makes a Pretty Big Statement on Deportations

On the eve of May Day, the AFL-CIO joined the #Not1More deportation hunger strikers at our headquarters to lift up the plight of immigrant families who are being torn apart from each other. 

Check out the statement we made on the front of our building, after the jump, and watch a video of the program here.  

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The #Not1More Hunger Strikers Meet with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Urgency to Stop Deportations Heightens Before May Day

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last week met with hunger strikers from the #Not1More campaign who are protesting the more than 2 million deportations that are tearing families apart from each other and hurting communities. At the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., Trumka addressed the three dozen hunger strikers, hailing from New Orleans and Springfield, Mass., and expressed his appreciation for “calling attention to this untenable, unacceptable situation.”

If you want to send a message of solidarity and encouragement to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage: Trumka Breaks It Down in Less than a Minute

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12 Elizabeth Warren Quotes to Prepare You for Her Appearance at the AFL-CIO on May 2

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be appearing at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on May 2 to promote her new book, A Fighting Chance, which chronicles her inspiring life story. From her working-class roots in Oklahoma to her successful 2012 campaign to replace incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), Warren tells the passionate story of what drives her to fight for working people. Here are 12 key quotes from her that show why she is a champion of the 99%.

Please RSVP as space is limited. 

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'Give America a Raise' Bus Tour Rolls into Pennsylvania

'Give America a Raise' Bus Tour Rolls into Pennsylvania

The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour, organized by Americans United for Change and a coalition of allies, including the AFL-CIO, isstopping in Pennsylvania this week in Wyomissing, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to continue spreading the message about the need to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is one of the speakers this week at the rally in Philadelphia. The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians, 70% in a recent Quinnipiac poll, support raising the wage, but many of the state's members of Congress are extremists who vote with the tea party often enough, according to Americans United for Change, that more pressure needs to be put on them to do the right thing.

If you think America's working families need a raise, sign the petition

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Why Won't Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint Debate Trumka on the Minimum Wage?

Why Won't Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint Debate Trumka on the Minimum Wage?

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has reached out to Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint to engage in a public forum on the minimum wage. DeMint declined. What's he afraid of? Check out the video (after the jump) to see what Trumka thinks. 

If you think America's working families need a raise, sign the petition 

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round to Give America a Raise

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round to Give America a Raise

It might not be the Beatles or the Nuns on the Bus (aren't those women great?), but there is a pretty important bus touring the country in the next few weeks. 

The AFL-CIO is a partner in the upcoming launch of the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour, which starts on March 24 and will make 18 stops in 10 states over two weeks. The tour will end with an April 3 event outside the U.S. Capitol in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which would raise the wages of 28 million hardworking Americans.

If you think America's working families needs a raise, sign the petition

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Trumka and Allies: Rejection of Adegbile Nomination an 'Outrage'

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to block Debo Adegbile's nomination to lead the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division with a 47–52 vote, with seven Democrats joining Republicans to filibuster. The action was widely condemned because Adegbile is highly qualified for the position and the reason he was opposed was because of work he did in challenging the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1981. While that conviction has long been controversial, the Senate has ample precedent of not holding work on behalf of convicted felons against the lawyers who work on the case. Chief Justice John Roberts, for example, worked on a case defending a mass murderer who killed eight people prior to his nomination, and no concerns were raised about him because of that work.

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Not So Fast, CBO, on that Job Loss Claim About Raising the Minimum Wage

Not So Fast, CBO, on that Job Loss Claim About Raising the Minimum Wage

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty. The report also projected that raising the wage to $10.10 would cost 500,000 jobs by 2016. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka condemned the projection of job losses.

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Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

The AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Texas this week as a sign of confidence that the southern state has great potential for workers who are organizing on the job. A Houston Chronicle profile takes a look at efforts in Texas and goals for broader organizing efforts in the South.

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