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Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program Gives Graduates a Path to the Middle Class

The 8,000-member Steamfitters Local 638, which performs pipe fitting and fire protection work throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties, graduated 20 steamfitters from its rigorous five-year apprenticeship program on Thursday, June 11.

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Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Hat tip to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan (also a new member of the Writers Guild of America, East), for lifting up the latest research that shows union members earn more money than their nonunion counterparts. 

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House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

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Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

We're in the home stretch to stop bad trade deals that lower our wages and ship our jobs overseas. But we need you to join us in taking action. 

We're flooding our representatives' phones today asking them to vote "No" on all trade bills. 

Call today: 1-855-712-8441. It's easy and takes less than one minute.

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Here's What Happens When You Discover You Don't Get Equal Pay

Here's What Happens When You Discover You Don't Get Equal Pay

Let us paint you a picture. A hardworking woman puts in weeks, months, years at her job only to discover she is being grossly underpaid compared with her male co-worker who does the EXACT same job. Sound familiar? While today may be the 52nd anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, far too many women (maybe even you) still don’t earn as much money as their male peers. Talk about bad blood.

Check out our latest Kinja post to read a few steps women go through when they find out they aren’t receiving equal pay.

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We're Dying to Know How TPP Will Help America's Workers

How will America's workers benefit from Fast Track trade deals and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Hear from former Baltimore steelworker Michael Lewis and call Congress today to stop Fast Track: 1-855-712-8441.

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It's Time to 'Ban the Box'

It's Time to 'Ban the Box'

A mistake from the past shouldn’t become a life sentence to joblessness.

But every day across America, hardworking and highly qualified men and women on the job hunt are instead finding their path blocked by hiring barriers because of an arrest or conviction from the past.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Overtime

10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Overtime

10 Reasons Why You Should GAF About Overtime originally appeared on Kinja. 

Millions of workers, maybe even you, have been working overtime without ever seeing a dime. That’s not right. Thankfully, the Department of Labor is expected to announce a proposal soon to increase the salary threshold for receiving overtime pay. In short, you could be about to get a raise you might not have even known you already should have. Here’s why you should definitely GAF about the new overtime rule.

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This Just In: Walmart Is #1 Importer, AGAIN. Where Are Those American Manufacturing Jobs?

This Just In: Walmart Is #1 Importer, AGAIN. Where Are Those American Manufacturing Jobs?

This post originally appeared on the Walmart 1% blog

We’ve written before on this site about the farce that is Walmart’s “U.S. manufacturing” initiative. Now, as Walmart prepares for its next U.S. manufacturing summit in Bentonville, Ark., the Journal of Commerce has released a new list of America’s top importers and you-know-who tops the list once again.

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Jobs, Not Prisons: Unions Help Formerly Incarcerated Women Build a New Life

Tristain Frye

Greg Christiansen has been an iron worker for 35 years. He was out in the field for some time but, since 2011, has been recruiting graduates from a particular pre-apprenticeship program that makes an important contribution to our society.

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