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Senate Republicans Say ‘Don’t Bring Jobs Home’

Senate Republicans Say ‘Don’t Bring Jobs Home’

Given the choice between supporting American workers or the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas, Senate Republicans sided with the job exporters today and blocked a vote (56-42) on the Bring Jobs Home Act. That’s not a surprise to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.):

It's no surprise Republicans are on the side of corporations making big bucks sending American jobs to China and India. After all, their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, made a fortune outsourcing jobs, too.

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Mr. 1%—The Wrong Way to Get Rich

Mr. 1%—The Wrong Way to Get Rich

Some people get rich the old-fashioned way—hard work. Mitt Romney—Mr. 1%—got rich the new-fashioned, wrong way. As head of Bain Capital, he’d swoop down on companies like Ampad and GS Industries, pull out tens of millions of dollars in dividends, declare bankruptcy and kill thousands of jobs.

And that’s just the part of the story of how Romney got rich the wrong way. Check out our new Meet Mr. 1% website for a closer look.

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Problems at Work? Dear David Can Help

Dear David is an advice columnist at Working America ready to answer your job questions.

Dear Abby’s got nothing on Dear David when it comes to navigating the workplace.

Dear David, Working America’s advice columnist, knows you deserve to be treated fairly on the job. And he’s available to answer any question you may have, whether it's co-workers making off-handed comments that you should retire or you feel like your job’s long hours are causing stress.

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Labor Movement Unites with Locked-Out UWUA Local 1-2 Workers

New York City union members and working families rally behind the utility workers in the Con Ed lockout.

This is a guest post from New York State AFL-CIO social media coordinator Kevin Eitzmann.

A diverse group of thousands of union members and community supporters marched in the heat from Con Edison’s "ivory tower" at 4 Irving Place to Union Square, New York City. With chants of “We Are One!” and signs bearing such slogans as “Con Ed Can’t Con Me” and “Con Ed Took Away My American Dream,” people were expressing their frustrations and showing solidarity with the locked-out Utility Workers (UWUA).

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UAW President Bob King: Obama Made the Right Call on the Auto Bailout

UAW President Bob King: Obama Made the Right Call on the Auto Bailout

An excerpt from a USA Today column by UAW President Bob King:

The bankruptcy restructuring of General Motors (GM) and Chrysler in 2009 through the creation of new companies formed with assets purchased from those troubled companies was highly successful. Today GM and Chrysler are profitable, investing in America and creating jobs.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Meets with Cambodian Women Unionists, Defends Worker Rights

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) meets with members of Cambodia's young, independent union movement. Photo by Caitlin Helfrich

This is a cross-post from the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center.

During her tour of Southeast Asia, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the greater protection of worker rights, improvement of labor standards and the empowerment of women following a private meeting in Cambodia with union leaders and labor activists. Clinton met privately in Siem Rep, Cambodia, with 12 women union leaders—independent union representatives from every major industry in Cambodia, labor lawyers and activists—as well as the Solidarity Center country program director, David Welsh.

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New Toolkit: Protecting Health Care Workers from Disease

This is from the Occupational Health Branch (OHB), California Department of Public Health's newsletter by Barbara Materna, chief of OHB. 

Health care workers often have close and prolonged contact with patients infected with the flu, tuberculosis, meningitis and other serious infectious diseases. During outbreaks of H1N1 influenza or other novel pathogens, health care workers are particularly at risk of infection.

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Tell Your Senators to Bring Jobs Home

Wisconsin AFL-CIO Photo

Time is running out. Tomorrow (Thursday) the U.S. Senate will vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 3364 [formerly S. 2884]). Make your voice heard in the battle to stop corporate tax breaks for firms that export American jobs overseas and reward companies that bring jobs home.

Call your senators at 888-659-9401 and urge them to support the Bring Jobs Home Act.

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Buying Value, not Volume, Lowers Health Care Costs

Illustration by Tax Credits/Flickr

The AFL-CIO, several unions, employer groups and a number of large corporations—all major purchasers of health care benefits—are working together to bring down the cost of health care and improve quality through a new Buying Value initiative. The goal is to change the way health benefits are purchased, away from volume to value.

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Scranton Firefighters Risking Lives for Minimum Wage

Scranton Firefighters Risking Lives for Minimum Wage

When you think of minimum wage workers, it’s a good bet firefighters don’t come to mind.

Yet in Scranton, Pa., firefighters are risking their lives rushing into burning buildings, all for $7.25 an hour.

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