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Black Trade Unionists Call on Obama to Condemn Coup and Support Brazil’s Democratically Elected Government

Black Trade Unionists Call on Obama to Condemn Coup and Support Brazil’s Democratically Elected Government

On May 29, the 45th annual convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists voted unanimously to support democracy and denounce what activists around the world are calling a legislative coup in Brazil. President Dilma Rouseff, re-elected by 54 million Brazilians in 2014, was leading the fourth consecutive Workers’ Party government, whose policies had lifted more than 40 million people out of poverty in the majority black nation, the largest black country outside of Africa.

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Pride Month: Why Working People in Unions Are Fighting LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace

Pride Month: Why Working People in Unions Are Fighting LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace

The strongest protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer working people are found in a union contract. Working people in unions have fought hard to make sure that employers cannot discriminate against people. This includes helping pass laws that protect LGBTQ working people, especially transgender people.

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Work Is No Place for Violence: The Working People Weekly List

Work Is No Place for Violence: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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First Women Graduate from Fort Campbell Welding Program

First Women Graduate from Fort Campbell Welding Program

One of the great benefits of joining the military is the opportunity to learn skills that benefit a soldier after their service is completed. Some soldiers, such as Specialist Tanya Preddy and Sergeant Alyssa Tamayo, prepare for careers that provide good jobs while breaking ground at the same time. Preddy and Tamayo just became the first women to graduate Fort Campbell’s Veterans in Piping program in Kentucky.

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The Economy Adds 38,000 Jobs in May, and Unemployment Dips To 4.7%

The Economy Adds 38,000 Jobs in May, and Unemployment Dips To 4.7%

The U.S. economy added 38,000 jobs in May and unemployment fell to 4.7%, down from 5.0% in April, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Workplace Violence: Not Part of the Job

Workplace Violence: Not Part of the Job

Violence on the job is a serious and widespread safety and health problem for millions of working people. Workplace violence is the second leading cause of job-related death in the United States and is responsible for an increasing number of serious injuries. The rate of injuries stemming from workplace violence has increased over the last several decades, while the overall rate for job injuries has declined.

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Should We Increase Social Security Benefits?

Should We Increase Social Security Benefits?

President Barack Obama says yes, we should. Speaking Wednesday in Elkhart, Indiana, he called for increasing Social Security benefits for both current and future retirees:

We can’t afford to weaken Social Security. We should be strengthening Social Security. And not only do we need to strengthen its long-term health, it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous, and increased its benefits so that today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they’ve earned.

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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Bloodsucking Bosses’

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In a recent sermon, Pope Francis condemned bosses who exploit workers and the so-called ‘prosperity gospel’ that teaches that profits are more important than people.

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IBEW, CWA Reach Tentative Agreement with Verizon

IBEW, CWA Reach Tentative Agreement with Verizon

Negotiators from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), representing nearly 40,000 striking Verizon workers, announced they have reached a tentative contract with Verizon.

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Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement

Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement

Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued the following statement in response to the agreement reached between striking workers and Verizon last week.

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