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Bahraini Labor Activists: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo via Solidarity Center/Kate Conradt.

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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Why We're Still Fighting the Last War on Trade Policy

Figure 1. Are TPP and TTIP just the next two laps in the race to the bottom?

The other day, President Barack Obama spoke to 100 top CEOs from the Business Roundtable. He was asked about two huge new trade deals, favored by global companies, known as TPP and TTIP. The president taunted critics of our failing trade policy, telling them, "Stop fighting the last war."

That sounds patronizing. Is it true that companies trying to manufacture in America, workers, communities and environmentalists need the president to explain their interests to them, as if 25 years of lived experience with NAFTA-style trade deals haven't been sufficiently clear?

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The Top 10 AFL-CIO Now Blog Stories of 2014

The Top 10 AFL-CIO Now Blog Stories of 2014

While the AFL-CIO Now blog team takes a break for the holidays, we wanted to share with you the 10 most popular stories of 2014. Wishing you safe and happy holidays and new year!

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Late Steelworker Remembered for Battle of Bulge Bravery

Photo by Berry Craig

Kentucky steelworker Hargus Haywood had no idea where he was going when his outfit got orders to move out from Mourmelon, France, on Dec. 18, 1944.

“They loaded us into open trailer trucks and drove us all night,” said Haywood, a medic in the storied 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Division. Enroute, rain turned to snow. 

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Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy holidays from the AFL-CIO, America's unions. In case you missed it, there were a lot of great videos and stories this year about the importance of raising wages, collective action, unions and economic and social justice. 

Check out some of these stories on Upworthy's Workonomics channel.

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Get Ready for First National Summit on Raising Wages

Get Ready for First National Summit on Raising Wages

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver the keynote address during the first National Summit on Wages Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C. The summit—sponsored by the AFL-CIO—will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the United States.

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Tune In for ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Season Premier Jan. 4

"Brotherhood Outdoors" co-host Daniel Lee Martin, special guest Dan Riegler and co-host Julie McQueen are full of anticipation on Day 1 of their Idaho elk and mule deer hunt.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance kicks off the seventh season of its award-winning TV series, “Brotherhood Outdoors,” with Missouri sheet metal worker Dan Riegler’s Idaho elk and mule deer hunt. The show airs Sunday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. on the Sportsman Channel.

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N.J. State AFL-CIO Sees ‘Buy American’ Bills Through State Legislature; Labor-Backed Bills Now Head to Governor

Two labor legislators in New Jersey have shepherded a package of “Buy American” bills through the state legislature. The bills were approved by the state Assembly during the final voting session of 2014. The state Senate passed the jobs-creation package in June.

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NLRB Says McDonald’s Retaliated Against Workers for Speaking Out

Photo by Cathy Sherwin

McDonald’s and several of its franchisees have retaliated against workers who have taken part in the series of fast-food worker protests, according to complaints filed Friday by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel.

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A History of the Minimum Wage

As working families across the country fight to raise the minimum wage, it's important to keep in mind the history of the wage. This entertaining video, created by the people at Time magazine, gives a pretty good overview and makes it clear the minimum wage is worth a lot less now than it used to be.

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