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Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

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Some say the press is the fourth branch of government. It serves as a "check and a balance" to our elected and non-elected leaders and informs the public of news for the greater good. But what if that was compromised by a corporate power grab?

That's exactly what the panel "Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?" will examine this Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

You can watch the event live at 9 a.m. EDT at www.aflcio.org/koch-brothers

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Eduardo's DREAM

It's the hardest thing to tell a 10-year-old your mother "isn't coming home tonight, or the next day, or the next day," says Eduardo, a worker at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas whose wife was deported. Watch this new video from the Nevada State AFL-CIO telling Eduardo's story and why he supports a commonsense immigration process that keeps families together. 

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Netroots Nation: Why Alt-Labor is Important

Netroots Nation: Why Alt-Labor is Important

It's hard to argue with fairness. Pointing out the injustices for dancers in the music video industry is exactly how choreographer and chair of the Dancers' Alliance Galen Hooks found momentum around gaining basic workplace safety and benefits. Something as simple as a water break during an eight-hour video shoot (sometimes in the desert) and access to chairs were workplace safety and health basics  dancers simply did not have. But that all changed when the power of collective action spread across the dancer community, which often was hard to organize because of the nature of the business: multiple employers, different jobs every day and competition from fellow dancers who'll take any job (even if it's unpaid).

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Bully Bosses

Dear David has answers to your workplace problems.

Bully Bosses originally appeared on Working America's Dear David workplace advice column:

Q.

The managers and directors at my office threaten to fire employees for things that are personal and nonwork-related. I’ve been called stupid and had something thrown at me by my boss. The president of the company travels 99% of the time, so these higher-ups do not have to answer to anyone. I've looked up workplace bullying to find that it does not fall under Title VII, nor is it acknowledged at all. How can employees defend themselves against these threats? Why is bullying not allowed in schools but is allowed in the workplace? What gives managers and directors the right to viciously attack employees? Can you help? Thanks so much.

—Standing Up, Connecticut

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Enter Union Plus Pet Photo Contest for a Free Year of Pet Insurance

Enter Union Plus Pet Photo Contest for a Free Year of Pet Insurance

Calling all union members! Do you have the cutest pet in labor history?

Meet Ruffy the Riveter, a Boston terrier full of union pride on a mission to be the cutest pet in the union world. It’s up to you to see if your pet has what it takes to upstage Ruffy in her quest to be the most adorable pet.

Submit your photo to the Union Plus Pet Photo Contest before Aug. 8 for a chance to win a free yearlong membership to Union Plus Pet Health Insurance. Other prizes include $100, $200 and $300 gift cards to the Union Plus Online Pet Store. More than 100 union members already have entered, so don’t miss out on the fun.

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Union Summer Interns Rally with D.C.-Area Taxi Workers

Union Summer Interns Rally with D.C.-Area Taxi Workers

“My voice is kind of going. I’ve got to get used to this!” says Antonio Elizondo, a 23-year-old Union Summer intern from Los Angeles.

Elizondo is one of about 30 interns who converged on the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., this week for workshops and classes on activism and union organizing as the start of Union Summer, the AFL-CIO’s national program that introduces interns to the labor movement on union organizing campaigns.

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How to Beat Inequality? Here’s What You Had to Say

How to Beat Inequality? Here’s What You Had to Say

How do we close the inequality gap and restore a potent middle class? The AFL-CIO’s live online discussion yesterday with Robert Reich, former secretary of labor and the Chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, went far beyond the idea of raising taxes on the wealthiest 1%. Worker co-ops, co-determination, reducing student debt, shortening the workweek, campaign finance reform and raising the minimum wage were among the excellent suggestions offered in the seventh in a series of online discussions to help us shape the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention and how the labor movement can meet the needs of working people in the future.

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Making Mondays Moral

Making Mondays Moral

If you’re in or anywhere near Raleigh, N.C., the North Carolina State AFL-CIO urges you to join Moral Monday on June 24 to let Republican state legislators know what you think of their assault on working families.

Moral Mondays began in late April and have been growing, standing up to the legislature’s unemployment benefit cuts, higher taxes for the poor and working families, rejecting federal funds for Medicaid expansion and attacks on public schools and voting rights.

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Stand with Panera Bakers: Solidarity Rally Today in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Stand with Panera Bakers: Solidarity Rally Today in Kalamazoo, Mich.

More than a year since they voted to form a union, Panera Bread workers in Michigan are still waiting to have a voice on the job. The franchisee that owns the Panera stores in the region refused to recognize the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) as the official representative of the bakers and refused to meet to bargain a first contract.

Read more on the Eclectablog.

BCTGM with the AFL-CIO have organized a solidarity rally to show support for the Panera Bread bakers and demand that the company stop playing games and recognize their union. The rally will happen at the Panera Bread bakery-café (5119 West Main St., Kalamazoo, Mich.) today from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Tell Congress to Oppose Trump's Nominee for Labor Secretary

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor—fast food CEO Andrew Puzder—would be a disaster for working Americans. Tell your members of Congress to oppose him.

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