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Reflecting on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This week Americans will celebrate July 4th and America’s independence. It also will be a time when public ceremonies are held to swear in newly naturalized American citizens. That gives us a chance to reflect on comprehensive immigration reform and think about the economic implications. 

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Made in America: Pet Treats and Products

Belle and Ceili Bear: Proud alumni of Virginia German Shepherd Rescue. Photo by Sue Hall.

This week, leading up to July 4, we're highlighting American products and services. What are your favorite Made in America products? 

If there was a union for dogs—and if they had opposable thumbs—I’m sure my two German Shepherds would sign authorization cards and I would respect their majority sign-up choice. But until non-traditional alt-organizing takes a major step outside the box, our pets will have to find solidarity and some tasty treats in a variety of pet products that carry a Made in America union label.

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How the SCOTUS Ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Affects Latino Voters

Photo via the Adios Arpaio Facebook page.

The voting rights of people of color suffered a huge blow last week, hitting Latinos particularly hard.

The same day the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that helped protect the right to vote for disenfranchised racial and ethnic minorities in select parts of the country, a top Texas state official made headlines by saying Texas would “immediately” enact a strict voter ID law. A panel of federal judges rejected the law last year, which it referred to as “the most stringent in the country,” adding that it would impose “unforgiving burdens on the poor.” Texas is home to the nation’s second-largest concentration of Latinos (9.5 million).

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New Season of 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Kicks Off

New Season of 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Kicks Off

The fifth season of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) “Brotherhood Outdoors,” a unique hunting and fishing series that showcases the talents and passions of union members, kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT Sundays, starting July 7, on the Sportsman Channel. Encore airings will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

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Chain, Chain, Chains: Don’t Link Chained CPI to Social Security

Virginia AFL-CIO Photo

Holding a red-and-white paper chain, more than 30 Indiana activists formed a human chain outside the U.S. Federal Building in Fort Wayne, Ind., this morning and chanted:

“It's time for us to just say no/Chained CPI has got to go.

We're smart enough to see the lie/So don't you chain our CPI.”

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Missouri AFL-CIO Applauds Gov. Nixon's Veto of Workers' Comp Database

Pic courtesy MoNewsHorizon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would've created a database of information on all Missouri residents who have filed workers' compensation claims for workplace injuries. The database would have made the personal information of the program filers available to private employers. Nixon said the proposed database is an "affront" to the privacy rights of the state's citizens.

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Workers Rally at Chamber of Commerce Today to Support Confirmation of Five NLRB Nominees

Workers rally outside the Chamber of Commerce.

Facing the possibility of 80 million private-sector workers losing access to workplace protections and labor law enforcement before Labor Day, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and allies today held a Day of Action, calling on the Senate to confirm the five current nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Give Us 5 campaign also is working to end Senate Republicans’ tactics to cripple the NLRB, including legislation to defund the board, shut it down and curtail its work, and legal challenges that have stalled justice for many workers. 

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Student Loan Rates Doubled. Have a Happy 4th!

Student Loan Rates Doubled. Have a Happy 4th!

Congress to students: Celebrate the 4th! Student loan rates just doubled!

The June 30 deadline for action by Congress came and went. In a shocker, Republicans obstructed efforts to keep student loan rates from doubling. Now is the time to call your senators and representatives and raise a ruckus. Republicans insist that the country make a profit off of the students, but how does it help a country and an economy to make it so expensive to get a higher education?

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Imagine a Labor Day Without Labor Law

CWA President Larry Cohen

In 1934, there were more than 1,800 strikes involving more than 1.4 million workers. General strikes followed walkouts by dock workers in San Francisco, truckers in Minneapolis and auto parts workers in Toledo.

In reaction, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935. A key piece of this new labor policy: a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with clear, strong enforcement powers.

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Made in America Week: Beer

Photo by Labor 411

This week, leading up to July 4th, we're highlighting American products and services. What are your favorite Made in America products? 

Beer is as American as apple pie and baseball, and fortunately, there is a wide selection of American, union-made beers to choose from.

For a lengthy list of union-made beers, visit the Union Plus website or Labor 411's Ultimate Union Beer List.

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