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Bloomberg's Actions Threaten School Bus Driver Culture That Rewards Hard Work and Makes Children Safer

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking to cut costs by requesting bids for school bus operations that, for the first time in 30 years, do not contain a requirement that proven, experienced and trained drivers and bus monitors retain their jobs. Over the years, drivers in New York have developed a culture around their profession that rewards hard work and increases safety for children. Now that culture is in danger, reports Al Baker of the New York Times.

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Trumka Responds to Bipartisan Senate Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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bipartisan group of senators released a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform this afternoon, including a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million undocumented immigrants. The group includes Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Michael Bennett (D-Colo.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

President Obama will announce his immigration reform platform Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Las Vegas around 2 p.m. EST. A delegation from the AFL-CIO will attend this event to support the push for comprehensive immigration reform and the road map to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring citizens.

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The Rise of 'Never-Never' Employment

How did we end up with all these low-wage, no-benefit temporary jobs in our economy?

Erin Hatton, of State University of New York at Buffalo, had a fascinating read in the New York Times this weekend, The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy, tracing the rise in America of the temp industry, and how it forged "new cultural consensus about work and workers." 

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Reich: The Myth of Living Beyond Our Means

Brace yourself. In coming weeks you’ll hear there’s no serious alternative to cutting Social Security and Medicare, raising taxes on middle class and decimating what’s left of the federal government’s discretionary spending, on everything from education and job training to highways and basic research.

We” must make these sacrifices, it will be said, in order to deal with our mushrooming budget deficit and cumulative debt. 

But most of the people who are making this argument are very wealthy or are sponsored by the very wealthy: Wall Street moguls like Peter Peterson and his “Fix the Debt” brigade, the Business Roundtable, well-appointed think tanks and policy centers along the Potomac, members of the Simpson-Bowles commission. 

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New York Working Families Head to Albany to Raise Awareness on Minimum Wage

Tomorrow, western New Yorkers will take a bus from Buffalo to Albany to call on the state's leaders to raise the minimum wage. 

At $7.25 per hour, New York's minimum wage remains decades out of date.
 A full-time minimum wage worker earns just $15,080 per year in New York—far less than what is needed to afford the state's high cost of living. 

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'Argo' Cast Takes Home Top Prize at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Show

Photo of the cast of Argo courtesy of SAG-AFTRA.

The red carpet and swanky evening wear added a dash of Hollywood drama to solidarity as members of SAG-AFTRA came together last night to hand out top prizes for performances at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

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More Ways to Connect with America's Unions

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If you're looking for more ways to connect with America's unions, check out this new page on the AFL-CIO website that lists the 57 affiliates, along with links to their websites, social media accounts and union stores. 

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party

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Show your solidarity Super Bowl Sunday by not only cheering on your favorite NFL Players Association (NFLPA) members on the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, but also buying union-made-in-America food and drinks for your party. Check out these union-made Super Bowl party products, compiled by our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Food and drinks are brought to you by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the UAW, Machinists (IAM), Teamsters (IBT) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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Why California Is a Pro-Union State (Sort Of)

Ask Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels why union membership in California rose by 100,000 in 2012, and she’ll give you a simple answer:

“Latino workers.”

To explain the contrast between the trend in California and the United States as a whole—where union membership dropped last year by 400,000—Semuels turned to some credible sources, including Steve Smith of the state labor federation who cited “an appetite among these low-wage workers to try to get a collective voice to give themselves opportunity and a middle-class lifestyle.”

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Trumka Calls Court Ruling on NLRB Appointments 'Radical and Unprecedented'

Trumka Calls Court Ruling on NLRB Appointments 'Radical and Unprecedented'

A panel of Republican-appointed judges, including one who has, according to Think Progress, previously suggested that all business, labor and Wall Street regulation is constitutionally suspect, ruled that President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are invalid. Senate Republicans had been blocking confirmation votes on the three before the president's action.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the ruling "shocking."

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