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State Supreme Court to Hear Pa. Voter Suppression Case

State Supreme Court to Hear Pa. Voter Suppression Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday against the state’s voter suppression law that Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” Some estimate could disenfranchise nearly one in 10 eligible voters—mostly people of color, students, seniors and low-income voters.

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State of Working America Tracks Wealth and Income Shifts from Families to the 1%

State of Working America Tracks Wealth and Income Shifts from Families to the 1%

The vast majority of America's workers have largely been shut out of the nation’s economic growth over the past three decades, reports the 12th edition of The State of Working America from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Released today and available online, the report finds that the typical American family has added hundreds of extra hours of work each year, while also earning better education credentials, yet is still struggling to keep up.

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Wear Red on Wednesday, Show Solidarity for Teachers and Students

Show support for the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday, Sept. 12, by wearing red.

Unions and allied groups all over the country are showing support for the more than 29,000 teachers and education professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) who were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve. 

AFT is asking people to show solidarity for the Chicago Teachers Union and strong public schools in Chicago by wearing red Wednesday, Sept. 12. 

E-mail pictures of your red gear to photos@aft.org or post them on the AFL-CIO Facebook page and we'll share them on our blog. 

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Romney Ignores 9/11 First Responders, Ryan Voted Against Their Health Care

Local 343 firefighters lost their lives saving others on 9/11.

Today, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands and destroyed the World Trade Center, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement that forgot to mention the heroic first responders, including 343 Fire Fighters (IAFF) members who lost their lives trying to save others. In 2010, Paul Ryan voted three times against providing health care for surviving first responders and other survivors of the World Trade Center attack.

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Learn About New 401(k) Fees

This is a cross-post from the National Labor College blog, NLC Invested

The Department of Labor has recently released new rules requiring 401(k) plan sponsors to disclose fees much more fully to participants. Hear more from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in the YouTube video, "Learn About New Employer 401(k) Fee Disclosure Rules."

On Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, Solis and Assistant Secretary Phyllis Borzi of the Employee Benefits Security Administration will explain how the new 401 (k) rules will work and share tips about how you can keep more of what you save.

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/9xlgf3p.

Read more from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Latino Workers Safer Thanks to Worker Centers

Photo courtesy of the Workers Defense Project.

This is a cross-post from Huffington Post's Spanish-language site Voces by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. 

Christian Hurtado’s story shows the potential of the new workers' rights movement. It's a story worth telling this month, days after we celebrated Labor Day and as we prepare to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.  

When his father Angel died in a work-related accident in 2004, Christian's life took an unexpected turn. Christian, 29, and his family don’t know the exact details of the accident, which happened while his father, an independent construction worker, was doing work inside a small warehouse in Austin, Texas. Christian’s family was devastated, especially his mom Victoria. 

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Union Members Remember 9/11 by Rebuilding the World Trade Center

As millions of Americans took a moment this morning to remember the tragedy that occurred 11 years ago on Sept. 11 in New York City, Virginia and Pennsylvania, military veterans who’ve found careers through the Ironworkers, Laborers (LiUNA), Heat and Frost Insulators and Bricklayers (BAC) are rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York.

Take a minute to watch the YouTube video in the post. 

 Other unions spoke out in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the members who made a difference that day:

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Ford to Add 1,200 Workers to Flat Rock Plant

Photo courtesy of the Ford Motor Company's Facebook page.

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of its strongest growth period since 1996, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today at the Ford Motor Co.'s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan. Ford just announced it will be adding 1,200 new workers to the Detroit-area plant in expectation that the revamped Fusion sedan will see an increase in sales this fall. Working together, the plant workers, who are members of the UAW, and the company have increased productivity and brought jobs back to the United States. 

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Show This Video to the Next Person Who Complains About 'Obamacare'

When Travis Turner was 12 months old, he was so sick he almost died. Just three months into his treatment for hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, his family's health insurance company kicked him off because the cost of his care had reached $1 million. Since then, Turner, whose father Craig is a member of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7248, was covered by Medicaid while his parents continued to fight for health insurance coverage. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which Mitt Romney plans to repeal if elected president, 7-year-old Travis is now able to get back on his father's health insurance. Watch the USW YouTube video—Affordable Care Act: Hope Delivered for USW Families

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Chicago Teacher Strike: Fighting for Students

Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.

At 12:01 a.m. today, for the first time in 25 years, more than 29,000 teachers and education professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve.

CTU expressed disappointment in the school district’s refusal to concede on issues involving resources for students, job security and compensation—including the district’s decision to strip teachers and paraprofessionals of an agreed-upon 4 percent raise. Resources for students also are highlighted in a one-page paper excerpt of their 46-page comprehensive study, “The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve,” outlining the type of school and educational environment their students should have. Its recommendations include:

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