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Trumka: 'Republicans Are Once Again Demanding Benefit Cuts to Pay for Tax Cuts'

"Republicans are once again demanding benefit cuts to pay for tax cuts, and threatening to harm the economy unless they get their way," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement today

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Trumka: Hawaii’s Inouye ‘Exemplified America’s Values’

Photo courtesy of Sen. Inouye's office.

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), 88, who served the Aloha State in Congress for more than 50 years, died Monday in Bethesda, Md. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Inouye “was the person every American aspires to be.”

His courage under fire, visionary leadership and love for his country and his constituents are an inspiration for everyone. From a war hero to a United States senator, Sen. Inouye exemplified America’s values. He fought valiantly, broke down barriers and was a fierce advocate for what is right and good. Our nation lost an American hero yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Capitol Hill Action Fights Calls to Cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Photo by Ianthe Metzger

Amid reports that negotiations over the so-called “fiscal cliff” include possible cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other vital lifelines that families count on, worker activists are rallying on Capitol Hill today. They are calling on Congress to fight back against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to insist that lawmakers ensure the nation’s wealthiest pay their fair share in taxes.

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AFL-CIO: We Stand in Solidarity with Migrant Workers

Photo courtesy of Favianna Rodriguez.

The first edition of “We Stand in Solidarity with Migrant Workers” appeared on the AFL-CIO Now blog in 2010.  

Dec. 18 is International Day of Solidarity with Migrants and marks the date the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

To commemorate this day, we have compiled personal stories of the immigrant experience at the AFL-CIO. As you’ll see, our colleagues’ collective experiences are a tapestry of the immigrant experience. Our co-workers have come to the United States from around the world for a variety of reasons—to escape war and repression, to work, to feed their families back home, to study and to marry.

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Michigan’s Lame Duck Hatches New ‘Financial Martial Law'

Faced with a shrinking margin for the 2013 legislative session, Michigan Republicans not only majority-muscled through a “right to work” for less bill in its lame-duck session that stood little chance of passage next year, but several other last-minute controversial measures as well.

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Right to Work Laws are Killing the American Dream

This is an excerpt of The Huffington Post column "Right-to-Work Laws are Killing the American Dream," by Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen. 

The campaign to make Michigan a so-called "right to work" state is not really about individuals paying union dues. It's all about the 1 percent limiting the ability of working people to work together for a real voice on the job and better wages and conditions.

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Young and Old Agree: Don't Cut Social Security

Social Security survivor benefits make it possible for children to live at home instead of being sent to an orphanage when a parent dies. Social Security old age benefits ensure you can retire with dignity. If you become disabled or injured on the job, Social Security disability benefits will help keep you afloat. 

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Medicare Means Testing is a Benefit Cut for Middle-Income Workers

Photo courtesy of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare: www.ncpssm.org

Another cut to Medicare being floated by Republicans in the House and Senate for a lame-duck deal includes means testing Medicare, which is code for cutting Medicare benefits for middle-income workers

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Reducing Social Security COLAs Is a Big Benefit Cut for Current and Future Beneficiaries

We've told you about "chained" CPI and that it's a benefit cut and a "stealth" tax hike for working people. It's time to spread the word. 

New reports on the lame-duck Congress say that House Speaker John Boehner is pushing for Republican benefit cuts, including lowering the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Other Republicans are asking for a hike in the Medicare eligibility age, which is also a cut

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AFT’s Weingarten: ‘Schools Have to Be Safe Sanctuaries’

Illustration by Daniel M. Reck/Flickr

After Friday’s tragic massacre of 20 school children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., AFT President Randi Weingarten told "Meet the Press" yesterday, “Schools have to be safe sanctuaries…[there] has to be a conversation and action about both mental health as well as gun laws.”

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