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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. What can you do?

Sign up for a shift and start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!

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America’s Unions Stand Together with DREAM Activists

At conventions and rallies, teach-ins and town halls, working people across the country are showing an outpouring of support for immigrant youth and their struggle for justice. DREAMers—or young immigrant activists—are undocumented young people who were brought to the United States at an early age and represent the best of what this country has to offer.

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AFT’s Weingarten Calls for ‘Solution-Driven Unionism’

America’s unions need to focus on “solution-driven unionism,” that advances solutions centered on uniting union members, the people they serve and the communities in which they live, AFT President Randi Weingarten told delegates at AFT’s convention in Detroit today.

More than ever, we need to act in innovative, creative and new ways—simultaneously refuting our critics, advancing our values, connecting with community and proposing solutions. That’s solution-driven unionism.

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AFL-CIO, Colombian Unionists Discuss Labor Action Plan Status with U.S. Officials

Colombian workers loading coffee

Colombian unionists visited Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. government officials and ask for their support in ensuring the Colombia Labor Action Plan. The delegation included Miguel Conde, general secretary of the Puerto Wilches local of Sintrainagro, an agricultural worker union representing workers on palm oil plantations; Jhonsson Torres, a founding member and vice president of the cane cutters union; Sinalcorteros; and Jose Luciano Sanin, executive director of the Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS, National Union School). Getting assurance of continued support for implementation made the trip worthwhile for the Colombians, who are in the midst of a long-term struggle for an economy that provides workers with dignity, fair pay and benefits and respect for the exercise of free association and other fundamental rights. 

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Firefighters Respond to Colorado Theater Shooting

Firefighters Respond to Colorado Theater Shooting

Members of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) were some of the first responders at the recent Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting. Aurora Local 1290 firefighters not only assisted at the movie theater but also at alleged shooter James Holmes’ apartment.

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Overtime Wage Theft Complaints Soar

Illustration by Arenamontanus/Flickr

Not only are corporations sitting on more than $1 trillion in cash and refusing to hire workers, now it appears employers who are making fewer workers do even more aren’t paying their overtime wages. The number of overtime wage theft complaints, filed by workers in the first half of this year, matches last year’s total filed under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new report.

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New Mexico Teachers Fight Against ‘Blame and Shame Game’

Protesters at the AFT New Mexico rally in Santa Fe chanted, “One, two, three, four, kids are not a test score!” AFT-New Mexico photo

A fired up workforce in New Mexico is fighting a Summertime battle against a “reform” scheme by Gov. Susana Martinez (R) that would hurt, not help, the state’s public school students. Martinez refused to consult with educators in drafting the plan and is pushing it through by an administrative rule change after the legislature rejected her proposals this spring.

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From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics

“From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics,” by Thomas Palley, published by Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Thomas Palley, the former Bernard L. Schwartz Economic Growth fellow at the New America Foundation and former assistant director of public policy at the AFL-CIO, joined us here today at the federation to discuss his new book, From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics. The event is the third in the AFL-CIO summer book series, which includes discussions with noted economists who will talk about their new books on jobs, inequality and the U.S. financial crisis. (Get details and RSVP here.)

In his new book, Palley sets out to explain the cause of the 2008 financial crisis and what can be done to prevent another economic collapse. Here is a Q and A with the author:

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Connect with New ‘Work Connects Us All’ T-Shirt

Connect with New ‘Work Connects Us All’ T-Shirt

Connect with your friends and co-workers with our new union-made in the USA “Work Connects Us All” T-shirt. It’s a bargain, too, at just $8.50 for most sizes. Just visit the AFL-CIO Online Store—Union Made.TM

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NFL Players Roll Up Sleeves, Give Back to Their Communities

Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard develops friendship with Sean Martyn, an 18-year-old cancer fighter. Photo courtesy of www.nflplayers.com

Pro football players and members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) were busy during the 2012 offseason giving back to their communities. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith pledged to donate $100,000 to help cover the medical bills of survivors of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting; Kansas City Chiefs players helped rebuild homes devastated by the tornado in Joplin, Mo.; and Chicago Bears rookies planted trees at LaFollette Park. Read a full list of the community service work here

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Citigroup’s Ex-CEO Reverses Big Bank Stance

In a surprising change of heart, the ex-CEO of Citigroup, Sandy Weill, backed off his former position that there is nothing wrong with Big Banks.

Politico reports:

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