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What President Trump’s Health Care Executive Order Does and Doesn’t Say

President Donald Trump did not say anything about health care in his inaugural address, but one of his first official actions as president was to issue an executive order focused on the Affordable Care Act. While the executive order does not tell working people a whole lot about what he plans to do, it’s worth looking at a few things he did and didn’t say in his first official action on health care.

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Who Gets Hurt if DACA Is Repealed? We All Do

Who Gets Hurt if DACA Is Repealed? We All Do

As the new administration begins, immigrant workers around the country are fearful that President Donald Trump will follow through with his campaign pledges to deport millions of members of our unions and our communities and that he also will strip away basic protections for immigrants who were brought to our country as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans and union members to live and work without fear in the United States. In light of Congress’ failure to create a pathway to citizenship for millions of hardworking immigrants, the labor movement strongly supports this deferred action program and has called for it to be expanded so that all working people will have the status to assert their rights on the job and stand up together to prevent abuse and exploitation.

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Working Women Play Key Role In Nationwide Women's Marches

Working Women Play Key Role In Nationwide Women's Marches

On Saturday, millions of women and men took to the streets across the country in support of women and in opposition to a growing tide of anti-women policies coming out of Washington, D.C., and state capitals. Working families, led by working women, played a major role in the marches and rallies. Here are some of the best Tweets from events around the country

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Victory: More Than 1,400 BG&E Workers Join the IBEW

Marvin Austin, a gas pipeline mechanic for BGE and employee leader of the organizing campaign, hugs International Vice President Kenneth Cooper after the vote count on Jan. 12.

"This is a fantastic moment for our new brothers and sisters and one of the largest organizing election victories any union has seen in years," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "This will transform not only their lives, but the lives of their families, and I think it will be an inspiration for working people across the U.S. and Canada."

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Working Families Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

This weekend, the AFL-CIO hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Awards Luncheon and Community Service Weekend. This year’s theme, “The Struggle Is Free, but the Dream Must Be Televised,” represents the constant battle for civil rights and justice that continues to plague our country. While the results of the election unveiled the sobering similarities with the civil rights movement, we still dream of the world Dr. King so eloquently described in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The labor movement will remain steadfast in our fight for civil, human and women’s rights, and to make justice a reality for everyone. We are the drum majors for justice, and together we will honor the everyday heroes who are working tirelessly to improve jobs and achieve justice.

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Working Families Make #OurFirstStand in Defense of Health Care

Last weekend, working people from around the country rallied in defense of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that provide health care to Americans. In opposition to proposed cuts from Washington, D.C., supporters of these programs spread news of the rallies using the #OurFirstStand hashtag. Here are highlights from the events.

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