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Help Jump-Start Boehner-Stalled Bipartisan Highway Bill

A week ago, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters his plan was to take up the Senate’s bipartisan highway bill, which will create or save nearly 3 million jobs. Now he refuses.

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Tips for Tax Season

Tax season. Ouch.

Zachary Teutsch, director of the AFL-CIO’s Investor Education Project, offers several resources to help you learn how to file your taxes for free, maybe get a bigger refund and avoid the pitfalls of refund anticipation loans.

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Van Jones Offers Game Plan to ‘Rebuild the Dream’

Van Jones Offers Game Plan to ‘Rebuild the Dream’

Van Jones, a former Obama White House adviser on green jobs and an award-winning human rights activist, maps out how to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s and the American Dream into reality in his new book Rebuild the Dream. The book is due out April 4, the anniversary of King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, but you can click here to pre-order.

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Central Ohio Labor Council Honors Penn National Gaming

The Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO and the United Way of Central Ohio Community Services Department have named Penn National Gaming to receive their Community Service Award. The award, which honors a community volunteer whose leadership and involvement have made a significant contribution to the community, was presented March 22 as part of the labor council’s annual George Meany Awards Banquet, the largest labor recognition of its kind.

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Panera Workers Vote for Representation by Bakery Workers Union

This is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union

Kalamazoo, MI. – If you drive by a Panera Bread Café on any given morning, you will be treated with the decadent smell of freshly baking bread and sweet goods, thanks to the artful skills of Panera Bread bakers. These bakers work from 10 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning making sure fresh bread, rolls, cakes and other baked goods are carefully molded and baked in time for the early morning Café opening. And if you were in Kalamazoo early [March 23], you may have heard the joyful screams of the Panera bakers celebrating their union victory after they voted by a two-to-one margin to be represented by the BCTGM.

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Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions and Saved Billions

Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions and Saved Billions

Two years ago, President Obama signed a comprehensive health care reform package that is lowering costs, expanding access and contributing to deficit reduction.

Although the Affordable Care Act is not perfect and working family advocates are working hard to make sure it is implemented fairly, it’s a milestone on the path to guaranteed high-quality health care for everyone and has helped millions of families. Nonetheless, Republicans vow to kill the law. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the law’s constitutionality in a case brought by a Republican legal challenge.

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Kaiser Health Care Workers Take Public Health Campaign to the Streets

Kaiser Permanente health care workers are launching a “strike” at public health problems, including obesity and chronic disease. Today, more than 500 will kick off the campaign by taking over a major Hollywood tourist mecca, Hollywood and Highland.

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Senate Sides with Wall Street. Passes So-Called JOBS Act

Ignoring warnings from current and former financial market regulators, law professors, institutional investors and consumer advocates, the Senate today passed (73-26) the cynically named JOBS Act and, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “We are disappointed and angry.”

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Casino Workers Seek Fair Process

Photo by Yvanna Cancela

The thousands of workers at Station Casinos, the third largest private employer in the Las Vegas area, have a simple request. They want a fair process, free of managerial interference, to decide whether to have union representation.

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Policy, Not Productivity, Behind Manufacturing Job Loss

Over the past decade, as 5.7 million manufacturing jobs were vanishing, many prominent economists and policymakers said the job loss was inevitable. They reason, they said, wasn’t a lack of national manufacturing policy, growing incentives for U.S. firms to move jobs offshore or flawed trade policies. They pointed to increased productivity as the main culprit. A new report debunks that claim.

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