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Participate in the 21st Annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive, Sponsored by Letter Carriers

The Letter Carriers (NALC) will be holding its 21st annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on May 11. The food drive is the largest annual food collection day in the United States. In 2012, the drive collected more than 70 million pounds of food and it has collected nearly 1.2 billion pounds of food since it began in 1993.

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Join May Day Celebrations for Workers' and Immigrant Rights

Join May Day Celebrations for Workers' and Immigrant Rights

Around the United States and across the globe today, workers, unions, activists and allies are celebrating International Workers' Day. May Day is a national holiday in more than 80 nations that honor workers and workers’ rights and celebrates the significant role unions play. May Day actions in the United States this year will place a special emphasis on immigrant rights and the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

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AFT's Weingarten Calls on Moratorium for Tests in New Common Core Standards

Photo courtesy of House Committee on Education and Workforce Development Democrats

AFT President Randi Weingarten is calling for a moratorium on the tests under the new Common Core education standards until teachers have been given adequate preparation to teach what students need to know to tackle them. She says that the high-stakes nature of the tests makes implementing them too soon potentially a problem for both teachers and students. A delay would allow for mid-course corrections where needed and would allow for aligning the standards, school curricula, teacher training, instruction and assessments.

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J.C. Penney CEO Compensation 1,795 Times What Former Fashion Jewelry Saleswoman Made

J.C. Penney CEO Compensation 1,795 Times What Former Fashion Jewelry Saleswoman Made

A new Bloomberg article notes that the CEOs of the Standard and Poor's 500 corporations make 204 times as much money as their own employees. The article highlights the most extreme disparity in the S&P 500, where former J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson received a total compensation package 1,795 times that of former fashion jewelry saleswoman Rebecca Gonzales in 2011.

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Oregon Unions Work Together to Help Head Start Workers Win a Voice on the Job

Mount Hood Community College Head Start workers and supporters. Oregon AFL-CIO photo.

The joint effort known as the “Oregon Organizing Project” has helped more than 3,000 Oregon workers win a voice on the job in the past several months. In the most recent campaign, several Oregon unions pitched in and worked together to help more than 300 Head Start workers at Mount Hood Community College who wanted to form a union to address serious workplace concerns.

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Georgia Power Buys Ad to Honor IBEW Members for Sandy Response

Georgia Power Buys Ad to Honor IBEW Members for Sandy Response

Georgia Power, one of the largest utilities companies in the South, took out a full-page ad in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution honoring the contribution of Electrical Workers (IBEW) who jumped into action and helped out during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The rare instance of a corporation lauding union members in a major press outlet was a reaction to a resolution honoring the members of IBEW Local 84 that the state legislature passed at the request of the Georgia AFL-CIO.

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Bank Regulators Propose to Rein in Abusive Payday Lending

Payday lenders can trap working people in a never-ending cycle of debt. Big Banks also have gotten into the business by offering “deposit advance” loans. For years, consumer advocates have been calling on regulators to rein in abusive payday loans, which often charge interest at more than 300% per year. These exorbitantly high interest rates drain money from low-income communities.

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5 Things You Need to Know About the ‘Comp Time’ Bill

Flex This: Tell Congress, ‘Don’t Cut My Overtime!’

If you are one of the millions of workers who count on overtime to stretch your paycheck, including the 59% of US workers paid by the hour, it’s time to tell House Republicans, “Don’t cut my overtime with your so-called Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406).”   

The bill would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work and instead substitute “comp time.”

What would that mean for most workers?

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

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