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Richard Trumka: Americans Don't Want That 'Grand Bargain'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid just so that millionaires and billionaires can continue to receive tax breaks and other giveaways? "We could not disagree more," says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in an Op-Ed in today's Politico, "Americans Don't Want 'Grand Bargain.'"

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Obama Builds Modern Navy, Romney Stuck in 1916

This is one of the Virginia class nuclear submarines being built at Newport News Shipyards. Newport News Shipyard photo.

In Monday night’s presidential debate, when Mitt Romney boldly proclaimed that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships today than it did in 1916, President Obama reminded him that the Navy’s 21st century mission is far different and the fleet’s capabilities are far greater.

But with the election in two weeks, Republicans twisted President Obama’s barbed response to Romney as a grievous insult to the Navy and a threat to the men and women who are continuing to build the world’s most modern naval warfare force ever. 

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Women Vote 2012: Why Are YOU Voting?

Why are YOU voting this November?

Women are bringing home the bacon, says AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, and what are they most concerned about this election? Jobs and the economy.

Shuler addressed more than 100 women of all ages at a Women Vote 2012 kick-off luncheon today at the AFL-CIO headquarters. 

Now, more than ever, women need to make sure their voices are heard about the kind of future they envision for themselves and their families. 

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El Paso Nurses Choose NNU in Vote for Patient Care

NNU Photo

Registered nurses at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas, voted by nearly 2-to-1 last week to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas, the Texas affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). NNOC-Texas will represent some 500 RNs at the hospital. 

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AFM Local 47 Recording Artist will.i.am Releases New Single—from Mars

will.i.am (right), with NASA administrator Charles Bolden, left, and Leland Melvin, NASA Associate Administrator for Education

American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Local 47 member wil.i.am is most famous for being the mastermind behind the multiplatinum record-selling hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas. Now he's done something that no other recording artist has ever done—debuted a song from the surface of another planet.

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Victory for Voting Rights, Clear Channel Takes Down Voter Intimidation Billboards

Victory for Voting Rights, Clear Channel Takes Down Voter Intimidation Billboards

Bowing to a huge public outcry, communications conglomerate Clear Channel has agreed to take down more than 100 billboards in predominately African American and Latino neighborhoods in Ohio and Wisconsin designed, say voting rights and civil rights groups, to intimidate voters and suppress the vote.   

Also, the company has agreed to post new messages on billboards in those Cleveland, Columbus and Milwaukee neighborhoods encouraging people to exercise their right to vote.

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Judge Refuses to Stay Order Blocking Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

Judge Refuses to Stay Order Blocking Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas, who last month struck down the Wisconsin law (Act 10) that eliminated public employee collective bargaining rights, refused a request on Monday by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to stay the order while the case is on appeal.

Colas said the state "failed to show that they will suffer irreparable harm if the stay is not granted."

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Richard Trumka: This November, You Make the Difference

Richard Trumka: This November, You Make the Difference

By now you may be ready for this election to be over, but this is the home stretch. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

From the presidential race on down the ticket, race after race is a dead heat.

One thing will make the difference—you.

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Arizona Residents Getting Fired Up to Vote Despite Obstacles

Arizona working families are mobilizing to oust Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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

Mark Udall is a U.S. senator in Colorado, but he is also an Arizona native and the son of the late Morris K. Udall, a beloved and iconic Arizona senator and 1976 Democratic presidential primary candidate. Sen. Udall toured his home state last Saturday to stump for Richard Carmona, who is running for Arizona’s open Senate seat, and motivate campaign volunteers and staff in what has been a tough, but promising, campaign season for Arizona Democrats.

At the gathering at the coordinated campaign office in north Phoenix, Sen. Udall told the overflowing crowd to ignore pundits and super PACs and focus on getting the vote out for Carmona. He described Carmona’s Republican opponent Rep. Jeff Flake as someone who will “bring ideology to the Senate,” in contrast with Carmona’s pragmatic can-do attitude.

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Louisiana Teachers and Union Members to Distribute 50,000 Free Textbooks

Photos  by Emily Mendenhall

Students at the 19 schools in Jefferson Parish, La., are getting more than 50,000 new books and, best of all, those books are free. Last week, the Jefferson Federation of Teachers (an AFT affiliate), union and community volunteers began sorting the 2,000 boxes of books that will be distributed during the next month. The book distribution is part of a nationwide joint project between AFT and First Book, a nonprofit organization that distributes books to children from low-income families

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