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Made in America: The Steinway Piano

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This week, leading up to July 4, we're highlighting American products, jobs and stories for our Made in America series. What are your favorite Made in America products? Please comment and share your ideas.

Check out this video, which used footage from the award-winning documentary film "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" and narration provided by the late John H. Steinway that shows the process of making the greatest piano in the world—the American-made Steinway.

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North Shore Labor Council Members Rally Against Ryan Budget

Members of the crowd in front of the replica of the $2,500 check from Paul Ryan to Richard Tisei/Courtesy North Shore Labor Council

Aliza Levine, council organizer for the North Shore Labor Council, AFL-CIO, sends us this.

Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, more than 50 union members and community allies rallied outside of Greater Lynn Senior Services in Massachusetts to celebrate the decision. The crowd, which included members of the North Shore Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Massachusetts Senior Action Council, noted that although the Supreme Court upheld the health care decision, the very services it protects are at risk if the budget proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) passed.

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At the Last Minute, Congress Passes Transportation, Student Loan Bill

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A little more than a day before the nation’s highway and transit projects would lose funding—threatening nearly 2 million jobs—and student loan interest rates were set to double, Congress acted.

The House (373-52) and Senate (74-19) this afternoon passed the two-year, $120 million Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 that will protect more than 2 million jobs and expand a loan guarantee program that could create an additional 1 million jobs (mostly in the construction sector). The bill also keeps interest rates for college students on subsidized Stafford Loans at 3.4 percent. They were set to double on July 1 to 6.8 percent.

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Report from Cambodia: Workers Gaining Rights as Country Heals

The Solidarity Center's David Welsh (center) marches with Cambodian union members at a May Day rally. Photo by CLC

Last year, after the June Textiles garment factory in Cambodia burned down, the 4,000 workers—some of whom had put in 18 years on the job—were offered $20 each in compensation for losing their livelihoods. Period.

That’s when the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center stepped in, working with the factory’s new owner, H&M, and through the country’s legal system, ultimately winning an unprecedented settlement that ensured they could support their families. 

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Appeal of the 'Made in America' Label Helps Bring Jobs Home

It's Time to Bring Jobs Home

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This week, leading up to July 4, we're highlighting American products, jobs and stories for our Made in America series. What are your favorite Made in America products? Please comment below and share your ideas.

Here’s an encouraging trend—it may not be big yet, but several mainstream media outlets have recently featured major stories on U.S. companies that are “reshoring” their manufacturing and bringing jobs home. We told you about Master Lock in Milwaukee last week. Here’s a look at some others.

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Subjects of Moore’s 'SiCKO' to Reunite in Philadelphia

Subjects of Moore’s 'SiCKO' to Reunite in Philadelphia

Michael Moore’s 2007 film "SiCKO" brought the story of America’s broken health care system to startling light with the sometimes tragic stories of those the system failed and the big insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations that made hundreds of billions of dollars. Moore and many of those from the film will hold a five-year "SiCKO" reunion tomorrow night in Philadelphia, just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.

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Made in America: July 4 Shopping List, Fire up the Grill, Union Style

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This week, leading up to July 4, we're highlighting American products, jobs and stories for our Made in America series. What are your favorite Made in America products? Please comment and share your ideas.

What better way to spend July 4 than barbecuing and hosting a cookout that’s actually Made in America? We’ve made it easy for you this year by compiling a holiday shopping list from Union Plus, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's LA Labor 411's website and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) for all your union-made products. Here are some highlights:

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform—and We Have Much Work Ahead

John August, executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, sends us this update on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act today. The coalition is an alliance of 29 local unions representing 90,000 health care workers.

Important and good news: The pathway to provide health care for all of our people has survived. Since the Civil War, many attempts to extend health care for all have failed. As of today, June 28, 2012, the path has finally been cleared.

Of course, the law is not an extension of Medicare for all, nor does it guarantee health care for all tomorrow. It certainly does not guarantee health care for all that is equitable, affordable and of the highest quality. Those struggles are still before us.

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Romney Wants to Take Away Health Care from Millions of Americans

Mitt Romney was for health care reform before he was against it—like just about every issue he’s taken multiple positions on.

Today, Romney declared he would repeal the nation’s health care reform law even though it was upheld this morning by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In doing so, Romney would take away health care coverage from more than 3.1 million young adults covered under their parents’ plans and put at risk more than 105 million Americans who are now benefiting from the elimination of lifetime limits and the coverage of preventive services without cost-sharing. To read more about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, click here

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New Type of Union, A Responsible Consumers Union

I hope to meld the power of the consumer over corporations and the power of the union over politics to bring the blessings of liberty to the majority. Hello my name is Frank Scruggs and I'm an inventor and displaced Detroit autoworker...

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