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7 Reasons Why Tom Corbett Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

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It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Living Comfortably on the Streets During Retirement

Photo via the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Many say we’re facing a retirement crisis, with much of the academic research on retirement income adequacy finding a large minority, and possibly even a majority, of households with insufficient money set aside for retirement. And then there are those who have an ideological (or sometimes financial) interest in painting a rosy picture and minimizing any retirement difficulties to a small group of less fortunate people.

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Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win. 

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At Last, Sunday Football! And It Comes with a Union Label

Photo by Craig Hawkins via Flickr/Creative Commons

The first Sunday of the NFL season is here—the world champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the action Thursday with a 36–16 win over the Green Bay Packers. But while we are settling into our recliners and couches or at our favorite sports bar, thousands of union members, on and off the field, are making sure the games run as smoothly as Peyton Manning’s two-minute drill.

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Immigration Reform: Workers’ Voices Needed in Washington

Immigration Reform: Workers’ Voices Needed in Washington

The AFL-CIO has been calling on the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since spring 2013. Our dysfunctional and antiquated immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. Every day that the White House does not act, more than 1,000 people are torn from their worksites, their families and their communities, driving down wages and standards in the process.

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How Important Is It to Have a Budget When Buying a Home?

How Important Is It to Have a Budget When Buying a Home?

This post originally appeared on the Union Plus website. Check out Union Plus for more financial tips

Buying a home is a personal goal. You need to have enough money to achieve it. A good budget will help keep your spending on track and help you free up money to reach your homeownership goal.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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New Trade Deal—TISA—Could Undermine Safety, Environmental, Workers’ Rights Regs

New Trade Deal—TISA—Could Undermine Safety, Environmental, Workers’ Rights Regs

The United States is currently negotiating a new International Services Agreement called the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA. At the start of 2012, a number of World Trade Organization (WTO) member states, including the European Union, formed a group called the “Really Good Friends of Services” or RGF (and yes, that is really what they named themselves), with the purpose of drafting a trade agreement that would further liberalize trade and investment in services and expand regulatory disciplines on services sectors.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Jobless Rate Drops to 6.1%, but Just 142,000 Jobs Added in August

Jobless Rate Drops to 6.1%, but Just 142,000 Jobs Added in August

The economy added 142,000 jobs in August, down from July’s increase of 209,000 new jobs, but the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.1% compared to July’s 6.2%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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