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BREAKING: Romney VP Choice: Paul ‘End Medicare as We Know It’ Ryan

Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Republican presidential candidate and outsourcer-in-chief Mitt Romney has doubled down on his pro-1%, anti-working-family drive by selecting Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says Romney's choice of Ryan shows "just how bad his decision making is for working people."  

Ryan is the author of the House budget proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and turn it into a cash cow for private insurance companies, kill jobs and cut Social Security—all to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

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Watch LIVE: Workers Stand for America Rally

Workers Stand for America Rally Happening Live in Philapelphia 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT

If you couldn't attend the Workers Stand for America rally today in Philadelphia, you can follow the action live streaming here starting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT: www.WorkersStandForAmerica.com. If you're tuning in later, see the resources below where you can catch up on videos, photos and posts from the day's action. Click here to sign the Second Bill of Rights.

Here are other ways you can get involved from home:

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Injured GM Workers Continue Hunger Strike—AFL-CIO Calls for Immediate Action

An injured GM worker who was fired with lips sewn shut in protest.

The AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions have called for immediate action in Colombia around the mistreatment of the members of ASOTRECOL, an association of ex-workers and injured workers at Colmotores, a General Motors (GM) subsidiary in Colombia.

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AFM Protests Marvel’s Not So Marvelous Outsourcing

Photo by Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Captain America wouldn’t take kindly to someone raking in U.S. taxpayers’ dollars and then turning around and shipping American jobs overseas. Neither does the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). But that’s exactly what Marvel Entertainment did with the musical score for its blockbuster, "The Avengers," and that’s why AFM members today will picket the Wilmington, N.C., location where Marvel (a Walt Disney Co. subsidiary) is shooting "Iron Man 3."

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Solidarity Center 2011: From Arab Spring to Domestic Workers' Rights Worldwide

Solidarity Center 2011: From Arab Spring to Domestic Workers' Rights Worldwide

From the Arab uprisings to the international recognition of the rights of domestic workers, 2011 was a turning point for millions of workers around the globe. The AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center, whose mission is to support workers in building independent trade unions around the world, partnered with workers and their unions as they organized for better working conditions, greater social protections, more fair labor laws and increased democracy and equity in their countries.

In its just-released 2011 Annual Report, the Solidarity Center shows how its staff in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas partnered with workers and their unions organizing for better working conditions and for the fundamental rights denied to them.

Here are a few highlights.

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Son of Former IFPTE President Wins 2 Golds and a Silver in the 2012 Olympics

Jim and Cecilia Adrian pose with their son Nathan, 100-meter freestyle champion of the 2012 Olympics.

Nathan Adrian, 23, of Bremerton, Wash., took home his first individual gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle swim in the London Olympic Games last week, winning by a "fingertip," beating Australian favorite James "The Missile" Magnussen. 

The Seattle Times reported:

The margin of victory—one-hundredth of a second—was the tightest at the London Olympics.

Perhaps the swimmer's work ethic can be traced to his upbringing in a union family. Adrian's father, Jim, is a retired nuclear engineer for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and former president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 12. His mother, Cecilia, is a nurse in the Bremerton school district. Check back on the AFL-CIO Now blog next Monday for an exclusive interview with Jim and Cecilia Adrian. 

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Illinois Shooting Contest Raises $50,000 for Conservation

Photo courtesy of Union Sportsmen's Alliance

Illinois union members raised more than $50,000 to support the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) conservation mission with their First Annual Illinois Sporting Clays Shoot last weekend at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee, Ill. The shooting competition was sponsored by the Illinois AFL-CIO, Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) and the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council (CBTC).

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Verizon Strike Anniversary Marked

Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 members and allies stood along Route 29 in Montgomery County with their backs turned to early-morning traffic on Thursday.

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

To show the telecom giant Verizon is still "turning its back" a year after its workers went on strike, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 members and allies stood along Route 29 in Montgomery County, Md., with their backs turned to early-morning traffic on Thursday. The group displayed the letters V-E-R-I-Z-O-N on their backs and held banners declaring Verizon is "turning their back" on consumers and employees. 

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Second Bill of Rights

I can't believe with all the time I spend online and reading pro-labor lists, including AFL-CIO, I only tonight learned the bumper sticker I've been praying for is now possible:

"Full employment AT a living wage. A mandate for reducing hours required for living wage."

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American Crossroads President Falsely Claims Unions Spend More Than Super PACs

Steven Law's claims that unions spend more than Super PACs in elections is pretty interesting math.

Some folks have been trying to make political hay with the easy availability of union financial information. As noted in an earlier post, however, The Wall Street Journal’s methodology in “discovering” the levels of labor union spending was fatally flawed and painted a false (and politically advantageous) picture.

And now Steven Law, the president of American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC, is using ridiculous fictions to try to defend the activities of the Karl Rove-backed group, claiming that the hundreds of millions of dollars that American Crossroads will spend on the election will somehow be dwarfed by what unions will spend.  

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