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Why the New Overtime Proposal is a Win for Working Women

Why the New Overtime Proposal is a Win for Working Women

For months we’ve heard that the economy is finally moving in the right direction, except for one hitch: Working people’s wages, particularly those of women, are not going up. One big reason: For years, millions of workers have clocked in more and more hours without ever seeing an extra cent in their paychecks. That’s wrong. Too many workers, most of whom are women, are seeing their finances stretched to the limit because even though they work overtime, they are not compensated for it.

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China’s Currency Devaluation Deepens Unfair Trade Practices

China’s Currency Devaluation Deepens Unfair Trade Practices

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement after China’s latest currency manipulation:

China’s recent currency devaluation—by nearly 4% on Tuesday and Wednesday—provides further confirmation that the failure to include enforceable currency disciplines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves a gaping hole in U.S. trade policy.

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Mexico Must Change Labor Laws Before Getting Expanded Trade Benefits

Mexico Must Change Labor Laws Before Getting Expanded Trade Benefits

Of the 12 countries that make up the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, Vietnam and Malaysia aren't the only ones with serious labor and human rights deficiencies. Mexico also has an egregious record of failing to protect working people.

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Happy Anniversary, ‘Corporations Are People, Too’

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Four years ago today, then-Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered one of the most iconic and self-destructive campaign one-liners in modern political history: “Corporations are people, too, my friend.” 

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3.2 Million Women to Receive Salary Increases Under New Overtime Proposal

3.2 Million Women to Receive Salary Increases Under New Overtime Proposal

Today, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), in coordination with MomsRising, released a new report that reveals working women will benefit hugely from the newly proposed overtime changes, with 3.2 million women receiving salary increases. Some 36% of working women who were formerly exempt under the outdated overtime laws will be eligible now to receive overtime pay if they work longer than the standard 40-hour workweek.

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The Republican Candidates Hate Retirement Security: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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A Year After Ferguson, the Fight for Racial Justice Continues

A Year After Ferguson, the Fight for Racial Justice Continues

One year ago, our sister’s son Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by one of our brothers on the local police force. The tragedy of Michael Brown’s death was full of complexities regarding race and racism, and we as a labor movement knew we had to confront those complexities head on.

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ILCA Announces Winners of 2015 Labor Media Awards

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Labor Media Awards. To see the complete list of winners, click here.

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Robert Reich: What the Fed Is About to Do Will Affect Your Job and Your Income

In the latest collaborative video from the AFL-CIO and Robert Reich, the economist explains what the Federal Reserve is and how the next decision they make will affect your job and your income.

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July Jobs Report: Unemployment Steady, Wages Stagnant

The economy added 215,000 jobs in July and unemployment stayed unchanged from June's 5.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The number of jobs added in May was revised upward from 254,000 to 260,00, and for June, the number was revised from 223,000 to 231,000.

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