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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. What can you do?

Sign up for a shift and start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!

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New Study Shows Romney’s Corporate Tax Holiday Ships More U.S. Jobs Overseas

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The huge export of American jobs (some 6 million manufacturing jobs in the past decade) by U.S. corporations has become a focal point of the presidential campaign. Today, a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) outlines how Republican Mitt Romney’s proposals would:

encourage and further accelerate the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

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Get Smart, Pass the Bring Jobs Home Act

Get Smart, Pass the Bring Jobs Home Act

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) cut straight to the chase Friday at a Bring Jobs Home roundtable in Charleston.

We now give tax incentives for people who move jobs offshore. That's just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

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Not Your Daddy's Labor Movement

Young workers groups are laying the groundwork for the next generation of labor leaders.

Check out the AFL-CIO's new Innovators website feature, "Not Your Daddy's Labor Movement," here.

Leave behind what you know about Robert's Rules of Order and structured union meetings. A new generation of emerging labor leaders across the country is bringing young workers together in paintball games, music festivals, trivia nights and pub crawls—all with an activist edge.

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Gerard: Collective Bargaining at Stake in November Election

Unless the nation’s campaign laws that allow corporations and the wealthy unlimited—and, many times, anonymous—campaign contributions are changed, “we will lose the right to collectively bargain,” within the next 10 years, says United Steelworkers (USW) Present Leo W. Gerard.

Speaking to a group of USW members in Homestead, Pa., over the weekend, Gerard warned that without a massive turnout of union voters this fall, the unprecedented flood of campaign cash to candidates and barely concealed extremist front groups could swing the election to candidates dedicated to destroying the union movement.

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2014 Olympic Uniforms Will Be Made in USA—Romney Says It Doesn't Matter

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Following recent public outcry that the ceremonial uniforms U.S. athletes wear at the Olympics are made in China, clothes designer Ralph Lauren announced that beginning in 2014, athletes’ uniforms will be Made in America after all. They will not change the uniforms this year, but the public’s strong support for Buy America won the day for the future.

Good thing Mitt Romney wasn’t making the decision. He told ABC News on Friday, just before Lauren made his announcement, that it really didn’t matter where the uniforms are made. When asked whether workers in the United States should make the unforms, here’s what Romney said:

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Pepco Union Faults Short-Staffing for Long Outages

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Short-staffing at Pepco is as much to blame for the recent power outages as Mother Nature, according to the union that represents more than 1,000 Pepco workers. “We’ve been complaining for years that staffing levels are too low,” Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1900 President Jim Griffin says. Griffin testified at the DC Cit...

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Poll: 83% of U.S. Voters Negatively View Corporations that Outsource to China

Poll: 83% of U.S. Voters Negatively View Corporations that Outsource to China

U.S. voters across the political spectrum overwhelming have negative views of companies that outsource jobs to China and strongly support Buy America provisions, according to a poll released today by the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Voters also say strengthening manufacturing in the United States is a top economic priority and they back the creation of a national manufacturing strategy to better compete with foreign nations that already have them in place.

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Voters’ Rights—Center Stage in Arizona, Across the Nation

Voters’ Rights—Center Stage in Arizona, Across the Nation

Going door to door in a Phoenix neighborhood to register voters, Mari Yepez, a canvasser with UNITEHERE!, met a man who told her he didn’t believe in voting. Yepez, a student at Arizona State University who has worked with the union to mobilize residents around such issues as the state’s harsh immigration law and the struggle to find good jobs, shared with him how she had come to realize the importance of voting.

“We as a community have to come together to make this happen,” Yepez told him. “Imagine what we could do if we all joined together.”

The man ultimately not only registered to vote but was enthusiastic about going to the polls in November.

With tea party politicians attacking voting rights in states throughout the country, Yepez and other volunteers across the nation are trying to make sure every eligible voter can cast a ballot and that every vote will be counted. Together with community groups, unions and the AFL-CIO, these volunteers are making every vote count.

Find out more here.

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NASA Firefighters Picket at the Kennedy Space Center

This is a cross-post from the Transport Workers (TWU) blog. 

The rain couldn’t stop TWU Local 525 members as they kicked off informational picketing last week about their fight for a fair contract with G4S GS at the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Fla.

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Made in America Printable Cookout Grocery List

AFL-CIO Made in America printable cookout list.

Back by popular demand, our Made in America cookout list is now available to share as an image on  FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.  You can also print it out for your next grocery store trip. Download it here.

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