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What’s Up with the New Southwest?

The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWULocal 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.

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

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

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

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Organizing for Respect, Recognition, Raise in N.C. Tobacco Fields

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AFL-CIO Union Summer interns have joined members of the Farm Workers Organizing Committee (FLOC) in a drive to organize thousands of North Carolina tobacco farm workers as part of FLOC's "Respect, Recognition, Raise" campaign and fight for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, respect in the workplace and union recognition. Many farm workers who harvest and tend tobacco often live in labor camps with inadequate or nonfunctioning toilets and showers and other substandard conditions, suffer from illnesses resulting from nicotine poisoning and exposure to dangerous pesticides and work long hours for below-poverty wages.

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Should a Criminal Record Make You Jobless and Homeless?

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When someone is convicted of a crime in the United States, the law provides a range of possible penalties. In most cases, there is some discretion for the judge in terms of the specific penalty, but there are usually minimum and maximum penalties that have some relation to the crime. The American justice system is based on the idea that once you are convicted of a crime, you pay your penalty, and then you get a chance to learn from your mistake and improve your life.  But the reality is often something quite different.

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Student Debt Abuse: It’s Not Just Sallie Mae

Student Debt Abuse: It’s Not Just Sallie Mae

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General just released a scathing audit report on the department’s Office of Federal Student Aid’s (FSA's) handling of contracts with private companies that collect defaulted federal student loans.

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The World Trade Organization Strikes Again, Undermines U.S. Law and U.S. Workers!

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Once again, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has issued a decision that leaves American manufacturers—and those who work for them—behind. In two separate decisions just released (Case DS436, concerning carbon steel from India, and Case DS437, concerning solar panels and 16 other products from China), the WTO ruled that the United States had violated its WTO obligations in the manner that it applied countervailing duties on products from the two countries.

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

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

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

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Trumka: Humanitarian Crisis Has Brought Out the Best and Worst in Us

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In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America and coming into the United States and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement saying that the crisis has brought about the best and worst amongst us.

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Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

The announcement by Staples yesterday, indicating it is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program, “is a ruse,” says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein. 

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

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

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

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