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VP Debate Verdict: Biden for Seniors; Ryan for Insurance Companies

How much will the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan cost you?

Edward F. Coyle is the executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Coyle sends us this. 

Much of the vice presidential debate hinged on a fundamental question: Does Medicare exist to protect seniors’ health or insurance companies’ wealth?

In one corner: Vice President Joe Biden, talking about how he and President Obama are lowering the price of prescription drugs, giving seniors free access to life-saving tests and screenings and strengthening Medicare’s long-term finances by cracking down on Medicare over-paying private businesses.

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Solidarity Center: Guatemalan Aluminum Workers Describe Abuse

Workers at a Ternium factory in Guatemala were fired after they formed a union. Photo courtesy: SITRATERNIUM

This is an excerpt from the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center's "INTERVIEW: Guatemalan Aluminum Workers Describe Abuse."

When Emeterio Nach suffered a shoulder injury at his job, he asked his supervisor at the Ternium aluminum processing plant in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, for time off to see his doctor. After the supervisor denied his request, Nach asked again. The supervisor continued to refuse, finally telling Nach he would be fired if he kept asking—and if he were sick, he'd be fired as well because the factory needed healthy workers.

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Romney-Ryan Want to Cut Your Social Security and Medicare to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

Last night, we learned vice presidential contender Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and running mate Mitt Romney envision a pretty bleak future for working people. The Romney-Ryan future is one where seniors (part of the 47%) toil until age 70 when they can collect on a woefully inadequate privatized Social Security account—where people must wait until age 67 to receive a coupon (a.k.a. Medicare voucher) for health care. A future where millionaires and billionaires, the richest 2%, continue to receive massive tax cut giveaways at the expense of working people. 

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Read Live Tweets From the Vice Presidential Debate

AFL-CIO, AFL-CIO Latino, Working America and other groups live tweeted reactions to last night's vice presidential debate. Read the responses below. 

Text DEBATE to AFLCIO (235246) to join our text action team. (Standard messaging and data rates may apply.)

Follow the vice presidential debate on Twitter.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Would Say 'No' to California’s Prop. 32

Eleanor Roosevelt Would Say 'No' to California’s Prop. 32

Take a minute today (Oct. 11) and say “Happy Birthday” to Eleanor Roosevelt. A member of the Newspaper Guild for more than a quarter of a century, Roosevelt strongly believed in workers, their unions and their involvement in the political process. 

Brigid O’Farrell, a member of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981, writes if Roosevelt were alive today, she would be out campaigning against California’s Prop. 32 to silence workers in the political arena, while giving the wealthy and corporations free reign. Read more at the Roosevelt Institute's Next New Deal blog.

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Employers ‘Overreach’ with Growing Lockout Tactics

Twin Cities Musicians Union photo

The growing number of lockouts—where employers close the doors or gates in order to wring concessions out of workers—“represents an overreach on the part of employers,” writes Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, in an op-ed piece today in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

For examples of these lockouts, Knutson points to the more than 13-month lockout of American Crystal Sugar workers, the NFL lockouts of referees and playersCooper Tires recent lockout and this month’s lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra (American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada [AFM] Local 30-73), where management is seeking 30% to 50% pay cuts.

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Workers, Small Biz Back Long Beach Living Wage; Hyatt Leads Charge Against

When workers earn a living wage, the entire community benefits, says Jorge Sanchez, a Long Beach, Calif., hotel worker who is part of a coalition of workers, community activists and small business owners working to pass a living wage ordinance in the city.    

With a living wage, we can support small businesses and we can spend more in the community. Small businesses are the backbone of the community and if we have more money, we can support them.

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Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka lobbies for the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights in Sacramento, California. (Photo/David Bacon)

This is an excerpt of "Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights" from Huffington Post, by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. 

Domestic workers around the world have been organizing for years to secure decent wages, benefits and recognition.

This past summer, domestic workers and their allies celebrated a major global victory after the Philippines joined Uruguay in becoming the second country to ratify International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189, Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

The convention addresses issues such as working conditions, wages, benefits and child labor and goes into effect one year after two countries approve it.

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IAM Member, Wounded Vet Looks for Texas Whitetails

If you missed last week’s episode of “Brotherhood Outdoors” from the Union Sportsmen's Alliance, take a look at this video of Machinists (IAM) member and wounded Iraq war veteran, Connie Rendon, on a Texas hunt for a white-tailed buck.

 

Texas Whitetail with a Union Machinists and American Hero from Union Sportsmen on Vimeo.

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Supporters Rally for Affirmative Action at the Supreme Court

Yesterday, at the U.S. Supreme Court, some 500 students, activists, community leaders and concerned citizens gathered to show their support for the University of Texas at Austin and its admissions policy in the case Fisher v. University of Texas. The first major case of its kind in nine years, the ruling in this potentially landmark case could limit or eliminate affirmative action practices in university and college admission departments all across the country.

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