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Caravan for Peace Makes a Stop at the AFL-CIO

Caravan for Peace Makes a Stop at the AFL-CIO

After a monthlong journey through 26 American cities, the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity finally arrived in Washington, D.C., Monday afternoon. Caravaneros, as members of the Caravan are known, descended their bus, parked in front of AFL-CIO headquarters, holding up signs with pictures of their disappeared loved ones, chanting:

“¡Vivos se los llevaron!, ¡vivos los queremos!” (They took them alive! We want them alive!)

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Jim Cramer: 'I Have a Problem....My Dad, a Vet, Won't Be Allowed to Vote in Pa.'

Sometimes support can come from the most unlikeliest of places. CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer tweeted today his father is one of the 750,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania who does not have a state-issued ID and won't be able to vote this November because of a voter ID law passed by state Republicans. 

Cramer tweeted: "I have a problem. My dad, a vet, won't be allowed to vote in Pa. because he does not drive, he is elderly, and can't prove his citizenship."

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State Supreme Court to Hear Pa. Voter Suppression Case

State Supreme Court to Hear Pa. Voter Suppression Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday against the state’s voter suppression law that Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” Some estimate could disenfranchise nearly one in 10 eligible voters—mostly people of color, students, seniors and low-income voters.

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State of Working America Tracks Wealth and Income Shifts from Families to the 1%

State of Working America Tracks Wealth and Income Shifts from Families to the 1%

The vast majority of America's workers have largely been shut out of the nation’s economic growth over the past three decades, reports the 12th edition of The State of Working America from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Released today and available online, the report finds that the typical American family has added hundreds of extra hours of work each year, while also earning better education credentials, yet is still struggling to keep up.

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Wear Red on Wednesday, Show Solidarity for Teachers and Students

Show support for the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday, Sept. 12, by wearing red.

Unions and allied groups all over the country are showing support for the more than 29,000 teachers and education professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) who were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve. 

AFT is asking people to show solidarity for the Chicago Teachers Union and strong public schools in Chicago by wearing red Wednesday, Sept. 12. 

E-mail pictures of your red gear to photos@aft.org or post them on the AFL-CIO Facebook page and we'll share them on our blog. 

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Romney Ignores 9/11 First Responders, Ryan Voted Against Their Health Care

Local 343 firefighters lost their lives saving others on 9/11.

Today, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands and destroyed the World Trade Center, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement that forgot to mention the heroic first responders, including 343 Fire Fighters (IAFF) members who lost their lives trying to save others. In 2010, Paul Ryan voted three times against providing health care for surviving first responders and other survivors of the World Trade Center attack.

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Learn About New 401(k) Fees

This is a cross-post from the National Labor College blog, NLC Invested

The Department of Labor has recently released new rules requiring 401(k) plan sponsors to disclose fees much more fully to participants. Hear more from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in the YouTube video, "Learn About New Employer 401(k) Fee Disclosure Rules."

On Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, Solis and Assistant Secretary Phyllis Borzi of the Employee Benefits Security Administration will explain how the new 401 (k) rules will work and share tips about how you can keep more of what you save.

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/9xlgf3p.

Read more from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Latino Workers Safer Thanks to Worker Centers

Photo courtesy of the Workers Defense Project.

This is a cross-post from Huffington Post's Spanish-language site Voces by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. 

Christian Hurtado’s story shows the potential of the new workers' rights movement. It's a story worth telling this month, days after we celebrated Labor Day and as we prepare to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.  

When his father Angel died in a work-related accident in 2004, Christian's life took an unexpected turn. Christian, 29, and his family don’t know the exact details of the accident, which happened while his father, an independent construction worker, was doing work inside a small warehouse in Austin, Texas. Christian’s family was devastated, especially his mom Victoria. 

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Union Members Remember 9/11 by Rebuilding the World Trade Center

As millions of Americans took a moment this morning to remember the tragedy that occurred 11 years ago on Sept. 11 in New York City, Virginia and Pennsylvania, military veterans who’ve found careers through the Ironworkers, Laborers (LiUNA), Heat and Frost Insulators and Bricklayers (BAC) are rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York.

Take a minute to watch the YouTube video in the post. 

 Other unions spoke out in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the members who made a difference that day:

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Ford to Add 1,200 Workers to Flat Rock Plant

Photo courtesy of the Ford Motor Company's Facebook page.

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of its strongest growth period since 1996, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today at the Ford Motor Co.'s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan. Ford just announced it will be adding 1,200 new workers to the Detroit-area plant in expectation that the revamped Fusion sedan will see an increase in sales this fall. Working together, the plant workers, who are members of the UAW, and the company have increased productivity and brought jobs back to the United States. 

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