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First Target for House Republicans? Cutting Social Security

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On the very first day that the new larger House Republican majority got to work, it made a move that could mean some 11 million people who receive Social Security disability benefits will see their lifeline benefits cut by 20% in 2016—or even cuts to Social Security retirement benefits for everyone.

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8 Things You Need to Know About Trade Deals This Year

8 Things You Need to Know About Trade Deals This Year

A lot of the buzz about the new Republican-controlled Senate is about international trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and so-called Fast Track authority. As we previously discussed, the problems with Fast Track and TPP are plentiful. They aren't good for working families. They cost jobs and increase inequality. Here are eight things you need to know about TPP, Fast Track and other potential trade deals this year:

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Raising Wages Summit

Today, the AFL-CIO is sponsoring a National Summit on Raising Wages with a broad range of speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and actress Piper Perabo, among many others. Panelists will discuss the need to raise wages for working people in America. Watch the summit via live stream.

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AFL-CIO Urges Obama to Promote Human Rights and Equitable Development on Both Sides of the Border

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President Barack Obama hosted President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico in Washington, D.C., today and, as emphasized in a letter sent by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the global trade union movement is deeply concerned by the human rights crisis in Mexico, which harms working people on both sides of the border.

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#ChangeZara Campaign Shows Results for New York Retail Workers

#ChangeZara Campaign Shows Results for New York Retail Workers

The #ChangeZara campaign began for workers at the retail clothing chain's stores in New York City last May, with employees asking for more pay and for the company to treat them with dignity and respect. The efforts finally paid off when the company texted the workers that they would be receiving a wage increase this January. Zara also is increasing the number of full-time positions in its stores. For many employees, the raise is significant. Valery Jourdan, for instance, will see her salary increase by $2.50 an hour.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Fair and Balanced Trade

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Last month, the United States Trade Representative, former Citibank official Michael Froman, called 2014 a “banner year on trade.”

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FairPoint Talks Underway with Federal Mediator

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Negotiators for the nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) who have been on strike against FairPoint Communications since Oct. 17 and company representatives are back at the bargaining table with federal mediators this week.

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USPS Delivery, Service Cutbacks ‘an Outrage’

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The U.S. Postal Service reduced delivery standards today and began a process that will slow first-class mail delivery. As The Nation’s John Nichols writes, the service cutbacks come on the heels of record-breaking and successful holiday deliveries of 15.5 billion packages, letters and parcels by postal workers, letter carriers, mail handlers and rural carriers in weeks of “intense demanding, long-hours, late-night and weekend work.”

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20 States Raise the Minimum Wage: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

Be sure to tune in Wednesday on the AFL-CIO Now blog for the live stream of the first National Summit on Raising Wages. The summit, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the United States.

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