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Orlando Sentinel: Union-Busting's the Secret Filling Inside Twinkie Demise

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An editorial in Wednesday's Orlando Sentinel challenges numerous myths about the end of Hostess and correctly blames the company's downfall on management's assault on working families.

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Boehner Offers Patchwork Hurricane Sandy Aid

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Yesterday, we told you House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) broke his promise to hold a vote on a desperately needed relief package for the victims and communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy more than two months after the storm. After a massive and angry outcry—especially from members of his own party who called his vote squelching a “cruel stab in the back”—Boehner announced he would bring a hurricane aid bill to the floor Friday.

But that patchwork package falls far short of the help Sandy’s victims need.

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Conjuring a High-Tech Labor Shortage

By English: Cpl. Lucas Vega [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We hear two views about the high-tech workforce.

On one hand, employers warn of a dire labor shortage. On the other, recent high-tech graduates can't find jobs. Many face crushing student loans that they may never pay off. Mid-career high-tech workers are steadily being let go. Discouraged mid-career workers take lower-paid service jobs after months of searching for a job as good as the one they lost.

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Make the Call: The Shocking Truth About the U.S. Senate

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is leading a campaign to change the current rules that govern the U.S. Senate that hurt the democratic process. 

CWA writes on its "Fix the Senate Now" site:

In the past, our nation was able to move forward on landmark legislation that put in place workers' rights, civil rights, retirement security for seniors and much more.

But today, obscure tactics—like the "silent" filibuster—allow individual senators to hold the nation's work hostage while cutting backroom deals. And the problem is getting worse.

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Dave Johnson: So Can We Focus on Jobs NOW?

America Wants to Work.

Congress and the media paid homage to the agenda of the billionaires and Wall Street, with the manufactured “fiscal cliff” PR campaign frenzy that just ended. So now can we get back to the country’s priorities? Can we talk about jobs now?

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Boehner Cancels Vote on Hurricane Sandy Aid

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The hundreds of thousands of East Coast residents—especially in New York and New Jersey—who continue to feel the sting of Hurricane Sandy more than two months after the storm, now are "feeling the sting of a House Republican slap to the face after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) backed out of a promise to vote on an emergency aid package for hurricane victims," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called Boehner’s decision to cancel the vote “a cruel knife in the back.”

Sign the New York State AFL-CIO petition to pass Hurricane Sandy relief.

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AFGE Calls on Congress to Reject Federal Worker Pay Freeze Extension

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AFGE is urging Congress to reject an attempt by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) to extend a freeze on federal worker salaries that has been in effect for the past two years. AFGE National President J. David Cox said that the proposal is a "cheap political ploy" that would inflict serious damage to the already modestly paid working families whose members hold federal government jobs. Cox also pointed out the freeze would harm the communities where these workers live since they will spend another year unable to afford much outside of bare necessities. 

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CWA, AT&T West Reach Tentative Agreement

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The 22,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) members employed at AT&T West will soon vote on a new contract after a tentative agreement was reached late last month. The workers are employed at AT&T operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.

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5 Reasons Why Extending Unemployment Insurance Is Good for the Economy

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Part of the so-called "fiscal cliff" agreement included extending federal unemployment insurance (UI) for workers who have been jobless for more than 26 weeks.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) details five ways extending UI benefits the economy. 

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Trumka's Statement on the 'Fiscal Cliff' Agreement

Photo of a July 2011 meeting with Congressional leadership courtesy of the White House.

Update: The House voted 257 to 167 to approve the Senate agreement. 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responds to the Senate agreement on the "fiscal cliff":

The agreement passed by the Senate last night is a breakthrough in beginning to restore tax fairness and achieves some key goals of working families.  It does not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. It raises more than $700 billion over 10 years, including interest savings, by ending the Bush income tax cuts for families making more than $450,000 a year. And in recognition of the continuing jobs crisis, it extends unemployment benefits for a year.  A strong message from voters and a relentless echo from grassroots activists over the last six weeks helped get us this far.

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