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New Book Promises to Jump Start Union Grievances

Robert M. Schwartz, author of several popular union labor law guides, has written a new book entitled Just Cause: A Union Guide To Winning Disciplinary Cases.

Based on more than four years of research into 15,000 arbitration awards, and the author's long experience representing unions, the book p...

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Union Lawyers Protecting Your Right to Vote

Union Lawyers Protecting Your Right to Vote

More than 200 union lawyers are prepared to combat any efforts to intimidate voters or suppress the vote and to ensure that everyone’s right to vote is protected between now (early voting is under way in many states) and Election Day.

The members of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC)—union lawyers in law firms and union legal departments—are “on the front lines to protect the votes of working families,” said AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker in a telephone press conference today.

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It's Easier to Be a Latino, Mitt?

Latinos make up 17% of the nation, yet less than 2% of elected officials are Latino. Even with this fact, Mitt Romney thinks being a Latino would make it easier for him to win the presidency.

Rosie Perez pokes fun at Romney's terrible joke and explains why Latinos are not supporting Romney. 

Learn more at www.actually.org.

Check out Facebook's AFL-CIO Latino page at www.facebook.com/aflciolatino

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Romney's Empire Built on Offshoring Jobs and Cutting Workers' Pensions

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency is built on the idea that his success in the leveraged buyout industry and the fabulous wealth he’s accumulated is evidence that he knows how to create jobs and foster economic growth. He argued in Tuesday night’s debate that we should just trust him when he says he can cut the deficit and cut taxes by 20% across the board because of his credentials as a leveraged buyout titan.

The problem with Romney’s argument is that the leveraged buyout business does not create jobs. The tax breaks that the industry relies on, like the discounted tax rate for capital gains and offshore tax shelters, add tens of billions of dollars each year to the deficit.

Today, The Nation is reporting on yet another example of how Romney and the shadowy private investment industry really makes its money—offshoring jobs, taxpayer subsidies and bailouts and cutting workers’ pensions.

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Social Security: 6 Facts You Need to Know

Social Security is our most important family protection program that works not just for retirees, but also for people with disabilities and children who've lost a working parent. It's a promise for all generations. People pay for this benefit throughout their working lives. Social Security is immensely popular with voters across the political spectrum, which is why those who would like to dismantle the program consistently distort the facts and falsely claim the program is "bankrupt." It's important for working people to know the truth about the program and push back against Social Security myths and lies and fight for more, not less retirement security.

Here are six Social Security facts you need to know:

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Green Jobs: Electrical Workers Construct Solar Arrays in Maryland

Electrical workers from Washington, D.C.'s IBEW Local 26 are building some cutting-edge green energy on the rooftops of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. Made possible by the 2009 stimulus funds, highly skilled electrical workers are building four solar arrays with all "Made in America" materials to power the NIST complex with one on the ground, two on the roof and one parking structure. Watch our new Innovators website feature, "Stimulus Money Brings Solar Jobs," to learn more.

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We Can Change Our Communities with Unity and Determination

We Can Change Our Communities with Unity and Determination

This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post's Spanish-language site, Voces, by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Read "El Cambio en Nuestras Comunidades se Logra Con Unión y Determinación" on The Huffington Post. 

What is often missing from the highly politicized discussions about Arizona’s immigration policies and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement practices are the stories of people who live with those policies and practices on a day-to-day basis. People like 15-year-old Carmen of Tempe, Ariz. Carmen’s story helps us see that change is not only possible, but becoming more real every day.  

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California’s Prop. 32: Clone of Past Anti-Worker Measures

California’s Prop. 32: Clone of Past Anti-Worker Measures

Maybe this election year will finally put a stake through the heart of efforts by corporations and extremist right-wing millionaires to silence the voice of California's working families in the political arena.

This year, it’s called Prop. 32 and it’s a near-clone of 2005’s Prop. 75 and 1998’s Prop. 226, which voters defeated by a 53% margin. Both times huge mobilizations by working families turned back the millions of dollars from Republican PACs and corporate and anti-worker extremists. These are the same groups that are behind Prop. 32.          

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Here's What You Said: Presidential Debate, Round Two

We had another lively chat on the AFL-CIO Now blog during last night's presidential debate at "AFL-CIO Live Discussion on the Presidential Debate, Round Two."

Here are some unedited comments from our live chat:

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Ohio Voter Suppression Bid

Photo by Vincent J. Brown/Flickr

Ohio souls will go to the polls on the weekend before Election Day. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Ohio Republican lawmakers to stay a lower court decision that had refused to allow the state to curtail early voting on the weekend that traditionally yields high voter turnout in communities of color. Many African American churches organize events to get their congregations to the polls after worship services on Sunday. 

As a result, early voting will take place in Ohio on the weekend before Election Day.

Earlier this year, as part of a voter suppression campaign in the Buckeye State, Republican legislators passed a bill ending the weekend of early voting.

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