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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. 

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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.

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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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Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released this statement after a procedural vote on extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits failed in the Senate:

Today the Senate once again failed to approve an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, 40 days after the benefit was allowed to lapse. The bill fell short by one Republican vote. 

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Trade Deficit Numbers Show Policy Changes Needed

Trade Deficit Numbers Show Policy Changes Needed

The trade deficit numbers released today provide more evidence that U.S. trade policy needs to change, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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Trumka: Failure to Extend Unemployment Insurance Is 'Shameful'

Photo courtesy Senate Democrats

On Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to call on the Senate to pass Reed's bill that would reinstate extended unemployment insurance benefits for three months, retroactive to December. In the 38 days since the benefits lapsed for workers who have been unable to find jobs for more than six months, 1.7 million job seekers are without much-needed payments. A preliminary vote is set on the Reed bill Thursday, with Republicans expected to continue filibustering the benefit extension. If the bill fails, more than 3 million additional Americans are expected to lose benefits by the year's end.

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The AFL-CIO Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka with Lilly Ledbetter.

Check out the AFL-CIO's officers and policy team's reactions to the State of the Union (after the jump). 

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The Voices of Unemployed Workers

It's been a month since extended unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed workers expired and there's still little evidence that Republicans in Congress are going to do anything about it. Democrats, on the other hand, are more than willing to provide much-needed help to workers who have been unable to find work for six months or longer.  

Call your representatives at 877-318-0483 and urge them to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension. 

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