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Major Labor Unions Back Obama's Support for Marriage Equality

In the wake of President Barack Obama's announced public support for marriage equality, a number of major labor unions have come out in support of the president's position and equality for the LGBT community.  This is a great development for a number of reasons.  One, it's a clear statement from unions that they recognize that LGBT families are working families, too.  Two, it gives Obama strong public support on an issue that he is certain to be attacked on.  Third, it is a good way to attract new people to the labor movement who might have otherwise not paid much attention to unions because they had other issues that were more important to them.  If it is clear that unions support LGBT families -- which it is -- there is more reason for people to move out of issue silos, recognizing that they have allies they can work together with to improve everybody's situation.

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Mr Romney and auto bailout.

Move over Baron Munchhausen,your place at the top of the world,s greatest liar list has just been downgraded.
Mitt the Panderer just won the competition outright.!
Does anyone believe anything that this morally bankrupt rich man says.?
Is anyone that stupid?
Obama in 2012!!!...

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Thank a Nurse During National Nurses Week

This is National Nurses Week and National Nurses United (NNU) is sending out “a simple THANK YOU” to the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses because:

Your work is not easy. You must have compassion and endurance to be there in the middle of the night, when your patient is struggling with pain. You must have patience and courage to fight that bureaucratic red tape that’s delaying your patient’s medications from the hospital pharmacy.

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California Domestic Workers Celebrate Mother's Day with Visit to Lawmakers

David Bacon

Mother's Day in California will be extra special this Sunday, as working families, students and elected officials honor mothers by recognizing the role of domestic workers in our households. The events coincide with the launch of video highlighting the work of domestic workers around the state and the need for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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John Stossel Follows in James O'Keefe's Footsteps

Photo credit: Emmelle Israel

Imagine our surprise last week when Fox Business correspondent John Stossel made an unexpected visit to the AFL-CIO building. Stossel’s previous coverage of the labor movement include a special on public education that blames teachers’ unions for the failings of public schools, an interview with TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, in which Stossel claims unions impede job growth and several entries on his blog where he argues against the minimum wage and against regulations on unpaid internships.

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Trumka: Manufacturing Revival Vital to Strong National Security

Center for National Policy

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today said our national security depends on reviving the nation’s manufacturing and industrial base. He called for adding 4 million manufacturing jobs and eliminating the trade deficit within five years.  

In a wide-ranging speech at the Center for National Policy (CNP), Trumka said economic strength is crucial to America’s national security and economic standing, and manufacturing is central to economic strength. That’s a connection that most people understand, he said.

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Union Veterans Lobby at Ohio Statehouse

Rep. Connie Pillich and union veterans

On May 8th, the Ohio AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council held its first lobby day at the Ohio Statehouse. Veterans made the trip to the Capitol from all over Ohio—Dayton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Lancaster, Youngstown, Canton, Akron, Columbus and everywhere in between to lobby their legislators on issues important to veterans and their families.

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Former USW VP Leon Lynch Dies

Leon Lynch, a former vice president of the United Steelworkers (USW) and the AFL-CIO Executive Council, died Friday in Memphis, Tenn. He was 76 years old.

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Barrett Wins Primary Race to Take on Walker in Wisconsin Recall

Wisconsin ADFl-CIO photo

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) will face Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the June 5 election to recall Walker. Barrett won the Democratic primary yesterday. While working families are mobilizing behind Barrett, Walker has built a huge war chest—more than $25 million of mostly out-of-state contributions.

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This Deficit Story Can't Be Repeated Often Enough!

Atrios says it: Eschaton: Planning For 10 Years From Now.

The last time an administration did the supposedly responsible thing, the fiscal 'hawks' suddenly decided that the worst possible thing was no longer a deficit, but a surplus, and that therefore it was necessary to have massive tax cuts for rich people.
And they will, of course, do it again.

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