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IAFF Member Shows Off Rescued Bird Dogs on National TV

Scott Walsh, a third generation member of Fire Fighters (IAFF Local 1561), from Eastpointe, Mich., grew up hunting small game and deer. But in 2010, when Walsh and his family decided to take a risk and adopt a rescued bird dog, everything changed.

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Minimum Wage: Not Just for Kids

Minimum Wage: Not Just for Kids

As Congress considers raising the nation’s minimum wage, it’s a good time to point out that it’s not just for teens earning pocket money. At $7.25 an hour, the current minimum wage hasn’t been raised for three years. Proposals in both the House and Senate would increase the federal minimum wage to $9.80 by July 1, 2014.

A report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) points out that

87.9 percent of those affected nationally by increasing the federal minimum wage to $9.80 are 20 years of age and older. The share of those affected who are 20 or older varies by state, from a low of 77.1 percent in Massachusetts to a high of 92.4 percent in Florida (and 93.9 percent in the District of Columbia).

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Mitt Romney: Out of Touch with Poland's Working Class

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Mitt Romney tries to walk the walk of a friend of working people but he certainly doesn’t talk the talk: whether he is attacking the American auto industry or insulting the British workers organizing the Olympics, Romney remains an out-of-touch voice of, by and for the richest 1%.

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Romney's Record as Governor: F Minus

Romney's Record as Governor: F Minus

At a time when creating jobs in this nation is top priority, Mitt Romney is running for president on a record in which Massachusetts under his years as governor was 47th in job creation. Worse, Romney apparently didn’t care—when state customer service call center jobs were outsourced to India, Romney vetoed legislation to stop the practice.

This and more info on the Romney record are available at our new Meet Mr. 1% website.

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Michael Hiltzik: Deficit Debate Driven by the Wealthy

Why do deficit reduction plans always "seem to involve cutting taxes for the top 1% of U.S. income earners while cutting Social Security retirement benefits (average monthly check: $1,230 ) for everyone else?" asks Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik  in his latest column

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Law Students Connect with Workers, Community in Summer of Service

Law students pose outside AFL-CIO's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Check out the AFL-CIO's new Innovators website feature, "Law Students Connect with Workers, Community in Summer of Service" here.

As participants in the AFL-CIO’s Law Student Summer (LSUS) program, Mehta, Callahan and 10 others “are learning, hands-on, how they can make a difference in people’s lives,” says AFL-CIO Associate General Counsel Nancy Schiffer, who coordinates LSUS. 

LSUS’ sister initiative, the Minority Outreach Program, taps into the extensive network of some 1,900 union attorneys who belong to the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee(LCC) and encourages law students of color to apply for summer clerkship opportunities at LCC law firms and legal departments throughout the country.

The LSUS and the Minority Outreach Program internships are no fillers for vacationing office support staff. They are all about boots on the ground, with interns fanning out across the country to help workers gain a voice on the job and help unions represent members and contribute to the community.

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HBO's 'The Newsroom' Takes on Koch Brothers

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Chris Garlock, communications director of the Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO, and managing editor of Union City, sends us this.

If The Wall Street Journal is complaining about it, "The Newsroom" must be doing something right for working people.

“For the second week in a row, Charles and David Koch were strafed by HBO’s show ‘The Newsroom,’ the one-hour drama about a fictional cable TV news show and its volatile anchorman,” huffed The Wall Street Journal yesterday in “HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Takes Aim at Koch Brothers.”

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Do You Eat Ethically? Take a Peek 'Behind the Kitchen Door'

Saru Jayaraman is the co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and the director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, forthcoming from Cornell University Press. 

People are eating out more than ever before—the average American adult eats out at least five times a week, significantly more than our parents or grandparents. This means that the impact of restaurant workers on our everyday lives—their role in nourishing our friends and families—is becoming increasingly important.

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America’s Unions Stand Together with DREAM Activists

At conventions and rallies, teach-ins and town halls, working people across the country are showing an outpouring of support for immigrant youth and their struggle for justice. DREAMers—or young immigrant activists—are undocumented young people who were brought to the United States at an early age and represent the best of what this country has to offer.

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AFT’s Weingarten Calls for ‘Solution-Driven Unionism’

America’s unions need to focus on “solution-driven unionism,” that advances solutions centered on uniting union members, the people they serve and the communities in which they live, AFT President Randi Weingarten told delegates at AFT’s convention in Detroit today.

More than ever, we need to act in innovative, creative and new ways—simultaneously refuting our critics, advancing our values, connecting with community and proposing solutions. That’s solution-driven unionism.

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