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Union Leaders Meet with President Obama to Discuss Fiscal Priorities

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other national leaders of unions and progressive groups actively involved in discussions over fiscal priorities met with President Obama Tuesday morning at the White House. Trumka and the group urged Obama to not give more tax cuts to those making more than $250,000 and to not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The group also pledged to support the president in fighting for a good deal for the country, even if that means negotiating into the new year. Afterward, Trumka told reporters:  

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An Election Update from Arizona

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Newly elected Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s Facebook feed is full of comments like this one:

I can hardly believe that you are actually going to be my Congresswoman. That's amazing. I am finally going to feel represented, and I know you'll do a good job. Thank you!

The closely watched and very heated congressional race finally came to a close Monday night when news outlets called the 9th Congressional District for Democratic candidate Sinema. As of this writing, she has a comfortable lead of more than 6,000 votes over Republican challenger and former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker. Parker conceded yesterday.

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Tell the Lame-Duck Congress What Voters Want

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Across the board, a majority of voters oppose cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits to give millionaires and billionaires more tax breaks.

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Thousands of AFT Members Volunteer in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Photo: AFT President Randi Weingarten and volunteers, courtesy of AFT

Thousands of AFT members immediately volunteered in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to help the affected communities in any way they can. AFT represents about 365,000 workers in the area damaged by the storm, and many members who felt Sandy's impact still jumped in to help out others in need.

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Hostess Spreads Misinformation on Strike

Hostess Spreads Misinformation on Strike

This is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM).  

In a desperate attempt to break the solidarity and resolve of striking BCTGM members across the country, Hostess Brands is falsely claiming that its decision to close three of its bakeries—St. Louis, Cincinnati and Seattle—is the result of the nationwide strike against the company by BCTGM members.

In fact, according to the company’s 1113 filing with the bankruptcy court earlier this year, as well as its last/best/final and non-negotiable proposal to its BCTGM-represented workers, the company was planning to close at least nine bakeries as part of its reorganization plan, although the company refused to disclose which bakeries it intended to close.

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Jon Tester Wins Re-Election After Pledging to Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Benefits

Photo courtesy of DoubleSpeak Media

An analysis posted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows that Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) won re-election while promising not only to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but to expand the benefits for those programs. Tester won the race by a comfortable 3.9 point margin despite predictions that the seat was a likely Republican pick-up.

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Fiscal Cliff Scare Talk Follows Shock Doctrine Script

"Fiscal Cliff Scare Talk Follows Shock Doctrine Script" is a cross-post from the Campaign for America's Future blog, by Dave Johnson

Anyone who has read The Shock Doctrine understands exactly what this “Fiscal Cliff” scare is.

If you have already read The Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Klein, you have probably been rolling your eyes at all this “Fiscal Cliff” scare talk. “Here they go again” you’re thinking….If you haven’t read the book, you should. You really, really should.

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UNITE HERE Members in Atlantic City Set Up Hurricane Sandy Relief Center

Photo courtesy of UNITE HERE's Facebook page.

UNITE HERE Local 54 casino workers in Atlantic City, N.J., are pitching in to help their members and the local community impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Local 54 has started a Helping Hands Relief Center to provide the public with information and help to apply for services. Local 54 President Bob McDevitt told the Press of Atlantic City newspaper:

There is an incredible need in the community....We felt we should coordinate this. As far as organizations go, we connect to most of the people.

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Vote 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Best Hunting and Fishing Show

Vote 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Best Hunting and Fishing Show

You can help “Brotherhood Outdoors,” the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) union-dedicated hunting and fishing TV show, take home back-to-back awards as the top hunting and fishing show on the Sportsman Channel and earn a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. Voting for the channel’s 2012 Sportsman Choice Awards runs through Nov. 18 on the Sportsman Channel Facebook page.

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NLC Invested: A Resource for Bias-Free Financial Information

Many purveyors of financial advice are trying to sell you something, whether it's insurance, a retirement plan or even a mortgage. But bias-free financial advice isn't impossible to find. The National Labor College has a great online resource, NLC Invested, which provides some helpful financial tips on major life developments such as saving for a home purchasepreparing for a new childsending a child to collegeretirementdebt reductionforeclosure and more. 

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