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Happy Anniversary, ‘Corporations Are People, Too’

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Four years ago today, then-Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered one of the most iconic and self-destructive campaign one-liners in modern political history: “Corporations are people, too, my friend.” 

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3.2 Million Women to Receive Salary Increases Under New Overtime Proposal

3.2 Million Women to Receive Salary Increases Under New Overtime Proposal

Today, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), in coordination with MomsRising, released a new report that reveals working women will benefit hugely from the newly proposed overtime changes, with 3.2 million women receiving salary increases. Some 36% of working women who were formerly exempt under the outdated overtime laws will be eligible now to receive overtime pay if they work longer than the standard 40-hour workweek.

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The Republican Candidates Hate Retirement Security: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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A Year After Ferguson, the Fight for Racial Justice Continues

A Year After Ferguson, the Fight for Racial Justice Continues

One year ago, our sister’s son Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by one of our brothers on the local police force. The tragedy of Michael Brown’s death was full of complexities regarding race and racism, and we as a labor movement knew we had to confront those complexities head on.

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ILCA Announces Winners of 2015 Labor Media Awards

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Labor Media Awards. To see the complete list of winners, click here.

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Robert Reich: What the Fed Is About to Do Will Affect Your Job and Your Income

In the latest collaborative video from the AFL-CIO and Robert Reich, the economist explains what the Federal Reserve is and how the next decision they make will affect your job and your income.

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July Jobs Report: Unemployment Steady, Wages Stagnant

The economy added 215,000 jobs in July and unemployment stayed unchanged from June's 5.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The number of jobs added in May was revised upward from 254,000 to 260,00, and for June, the number was revised from 223,000 to 231,000.

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The Stories Behind Flight Attendants' Organizing Efforts at JetBlue

Flight attendants at JetBlue Airlines are organizing for a vote to be represented by the Transport Workers (TWU) and in the latest video from the union, we hear the compelling stories of the flight attendants and why they are organizing. To read more about the campaign, visit the organizing site for the flight attendants.

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Modern Day Rosies: Women at the Workplace at Nippon Sharyo

Jennifer Svenkerud, at a rally sharing her story with the public. Photo courtesy Progress Illinois

During World War II, Rosie the Riveter inspired women to take on jobs traditionally held by men, with the iconic slogan declaring “We can do it!” Modern day Rosie the Riveters are still doing it, working hard as electricians, assembly technicians and quality inspectors at transit equipment manufacturing facilities such as the Illinois rail car factory of Nippon Sharyo.

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Tonight’s GOP Debate: Top 5 What You’re Likely to Hear, And What You Won’t

Tonight’s GOP Debate: Top 5 What You’re Likely to Hear, And What You Won’t

Tonight, the Top 10 most popular Republican candidates (according to Fox News, of course) will take the stage for the inaugural primary debate for the 2016 election. It should be a party.

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