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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Addresses the Democratic National Convention

Last night AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the working people of the Democratic National Convention. 

Here are his remarks:

 

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Bangladesh Fire Survivors Describe Hardships After Tragedy

“The factory caught fire about 6 p.m. After the fire, they did not allow us to go out,” says Nazma. “They locked the gate. The workers were screaming together.”

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W.Va. Senators Introduce New Mine Safety Bill

Congress must fix “the glaring safety issues revealed in the wake of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) this week, as he introduced legislation to bring the nation’s mine health and safety laws up to date.

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Want to Stop the Social Security 'Chained' CPI Cut? Here's How

'Chained' CPI would hurt current and future seniors.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Daily Kos are taking action to stop the measure to cut Social Security benefits known as "chained" CPI. 

Take a moment to sign their petition to the U.S. Senate.

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Rep. Larsen Proposes Legislation to Ban Voter ID Requirements in Federal Elections

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On Friday, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) introduced legislation that would effectively ban requirements that voters show some form of official identification in federal elections. Under the proposed law, voters without required identification would still be able to vote by signing a sworn affidavit that they are the person they represent themselves to be.

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Tacoma Labor Council Member Wins Prestigious Community Service Award

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Pierce County [Wash.] Central Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Patty Rose was given the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award by the United Way of Pierce County, the highest honor the organization can bestow upon a labor leader. The award is given annually to the labor leader who best exemplifies a commitment to community service.

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From Here to Bangladesh, Workers Memorial Day Spotlights Need for Strong Job Safety Laws

From Here to Bangladesh, Workers Memorial Day Spotlights Need for Strong Job Safety Laws

Sunday, April 28, marks Workers Memorial Day. In prayer services, vigils and other ceremonies around the nation, union members, workplace safety activists and community, faith and other allies will honor and remember workers killed and injured on the job, from the 15—including 12 first responders—killed in the recent West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion to the construction worker, store clerk and others who die on the job daily, but who we hear little about.

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Congress Passes Bill to End FAA Furloughs

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday night to eliminate furloughs to air traffic controllers. Today, the House also passed the bill, which now goes on to the president for his signature. The furloughs caused thousands of flight delays—with some reaching three hours—and public outcry is significant.

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A Perfect Pairing, Kids and Fire Trucks

A Perfect Pairing, Kids and Fire Trucks

What youngster hasn’t had a thought or two about being a firefighter? And in a world where role models are sometimes hard to find, what kid doesn’t look up to the men and women who put their lives on the line, almost every day?

Recently in Erie, Pa., members of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 293 and Engine 8, 4th Platoon of the Erie Fire Department, hosted an open house for several dozen grade school students.

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What Would You Do if the Bank Stole Your Home?

Wall Street wrecked the economy, and banks are still refusing to work with people who are trying to stay in their homes. The Campaign for a Fair Settlement, along with other partners, is calling on President Obama to champion an agenda that would:

1. Hold bankers accountable for their crimes.

2. Keep people in their homes by resetting their mortgages.

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Striking Las Vegas Taxi Drivers Rally in Support of Bills to End Long-Hauling

Striking Las Vegas Taxi Drivers Rally in Support of Bills to End Long-Hauling

More than 100 striking taxi drivers from Las Vegas traveled to the state Capitol in Carson City, Nev., this week to rally in support of legislation to crack down on the practice of "long-hauling" and to give drivers a voice on the Nevada Taxicab Authority Board. As previously reported, the drivers, who are members of ITPEU/OPEIU Local 4873, have been on strike since May 3 from Yellow-Checker-Star Transportation.

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