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Don’t Forget 2010, Here's How to Help

In 2006 and 2008, working families showed up to the polls in record numbers and we won. In 2010, we worked hard but didn’t make it across the finish line. Anti-worker politicians walked away with a victory and immediately started taking away collective bargaining rights for workers, blocking equal pay for women and even shutting down the government.

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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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It’s Time to Register to Vote, and It’s Easier Than Ever

It’s Time to Register to Vote, and It’s Easier Than Ever

Labor Day’s faded from view, Election Day is looming on the horizon and it’s closer than you may think. This year, we’ll have the chance to beat back the attack on working families by the likes of Mitch McConnell, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers and other extremists. But that won’t happen if you and your family and friends aren’t registered to vote.

It’s easy to register. Click here to get started.  

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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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California Passes Paid Sick Days Law but Home Health Care Workers Left Out

Infographic via ThinkProgress

Six and a half million California workers will now have access to paid sick days, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Workers will be able to earn three paid sick days a year. Unfortunately, home care workers were excluded from the final bill. 

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13 Years After 9/11, Honor the Victims, Help Those Still Suffering

IAFF photo illustration

Today we mark the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11. As we honor the memories of the lives that were lost that day, we also should remember the thousands of people who are still suffering.

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Meet the Veterans Who Rebuilt the World Trade Center

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, here's a little "Throwback Thursday" recognition of the veterans who rebuilt the World Trade Center and became highly skilled members of the union building and construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program. 

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Letter Carriers Honored for Heroic Actions

Jermaine Shirley, NALC photo

On a December morning last year, when Connecticut Letter Carriers (NALC) member Jermaine Shirley smelled smoke in an apartment building, he called 911, alerted residents and caught two young children thrown from a window as fire engulfed the building. For that quick action, Shirley was honored today as NALC’s 2014 National Hero of the Year.

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How the Government Can Lead on Supporting Businesses that Lift Working Standards

How the Government Can Lead on Supporting Businesses that Lift Working Standards

Through our tax dollars used in government purchasing, U.S. taxpayers are collectively the largest buyer of goods in services in the world. Being that big gives us power. And it gives us responsibility to hold the government accountable for how it spends those dollars. However, our government does very little to ensure that our tax dollars are spent responsibly, whether it’s through buying uniforms, electronics or food from businesses that support decent conditions in the thousands of workplaces in the United States and around the world. 

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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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