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Women Taking Charge: Afro-Colombian Domestic Workers in Medellin Form Union

When Maria Roa arrived in Medellin 10 years ago, her primary focus was to provide a better life for her three children. She took a job as a domestic worker, as many Afro-Colombian women do, but quickly realized the position was underpaid and overworked. Despite the nature of this physically and emotionally challenging work, domestic workers like Maria have been successful in their organizing efforts to form a new union to combat workplace discrimination, improve benefits and establish job security.

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UNITE HERE Launches Hunger Strike in Support of Hotel Workers Targeted for Organizing

Photo courtesy UNITE HERE Local 30

UNITE HERE launched a five-day hunger strike on Friday in support of nine immigrant hotel workers who are being laid off from the Hilton Mission Valley in San Diego. The hunger strike goes through 12 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Better Idea: Increase Social Security and Medicare Benefits

As word spreads that President Obama’s budget proposal will call for Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts, other voices are calling for increasing the successful programs instead as the medicine struggling families and a weak economy need.

A report for the New America Foundation highlights the crisis in retirement security and proposes expanding Social Security.

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At the Old Ball Game: Check Out the Corporate Tax Dodger Baseball League

Leading up to Tax Day, April 15, Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is calling attention to 10 corporations that are dodging paying their fair share of taxes. We are releasing a set of Corporate Tax Dodger Baseball Cards because these companies are as skilled as baseball pros. Be sure to collect all 10 and see what makes these companies professional tax dodgers.

Check out some of these baseball cards after the jump. Check out ATF's website for more cards

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Bad Policy: President Obama's Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicare

Bad Policy: President Obama's Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicare

Yesterday the AFL-CIO learned President Obama's budget will cut Social Security and Medicare benefits for working families. The so-called "chained" CPI will cut Social Security benefits and middle-income seniors (people who made $47,000 a year and more) will be asked to pay higher Medicare premiums.

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Retired Ironworker Shows Union Pride in Nascar Design

Photo courtesy of the Ironworkers Facebook page.

Retired ironworker Travis Witt from Local 301 (Charleston, W.Va.) shared the photo, left, on the Ironworkers' Facebook page of a car he designed with the union's logo. 

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AFL-CIO Immigration Expert Appearing on Melissa Harris-Perry Show Saturday

AFL-CIO Immigration Expert Appearing on Melissa Harris-Perry Show Saturday

Ana Avendaño, assistant to the president and director of immigration and community action at the AFL-CIO, will appear on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC Saturday morning at 10 a.m. EDT to discuss creating a commonsense immigration process for America's 11 million aspiring citizens. 

Follow the Melissa Harris-Perry show and Avendaño on Twitter.

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Minnesota Lawmaker Will Live on Minimum Wage

This is a cross-post, by Aruna Jain, from Working America's blog Main Street.

As legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9.95 makes its way through the Minnesota Legislature, Rep. Jason Metsa (D) is taking up Working America’s challenge to live on Minnesota’s current minimum wage for five days.

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Georgia School Workers Win Battle for Denied Jobless Benefits

Photo by DeLane Adams

More than 4,000 Georgia education workers who have been wrongfully denied unemployment insurance benefits since a 2011 ruling by the state’s labor commissioner will collect more than $8 million in back payments.

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Jobless Rate Continues Downward Trend, but Job Growth Slows

Jobless Rate Continues Downward Trend, but Job Growth Slows

The nation’s economy added just 88,000 new jobs in March while the jobless rate dipped to 7.6% from February’s 7.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

While the 88,000 jobs created reflect 36 straight months of positive job growth, during the previous 12 months job growth had averaged about 169,000 a month. The small number of new jobs also shows how important it is that Congress repeals the sequester to stop any additional job loss in the public and private sectors. These across-the-board cuts will cost more than 750,000 jobs this year alone and could derail the economic recovery.

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