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6.8 Million Latino Workers

6.8 Million Latino Workers

Hispanic Heritage Month offers a time to recognize the contributions of the nearly 53 million Hispanic workers living in the United States and to highlight the issues facing our community. One critical issue is the federal minimum wage. Every day, millions of Latinos go to work but struggle to support themselves and their families. Working with unions in the labor movement, we have seen the positive impact of fair wages on the lives of workers and their families. As a Latina advocate for workers, I have witnessed the difference higher wages can make on living conditions for workers and on future opportunities for their children.

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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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TWU Hitting the Streets for Working Family Candidates

As these videos from the Transport Workers (TWU) union show, working people across the country are gearing up to get out the vote and elect candidates on Nov. 4 who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy and CEOs. They are knocking on doors, making phone calls and talking to their friends, neighbors and co-workers. Take a look.

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When I Hear, 'If You Don't Like It Here, Leave!' I Respond With: 'Nah, Bro, I'll Do This Instead'

Bad things happen when good people don't go exercise one of the most important rights we have as citizens of the United States. So...I'll be there. You?

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Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. 

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Trumka: We Need to Replace Mass Incarceration with Mass Employment

Trumka: We Need to Replace Mass Incarceration with Mass Employment

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke in Los Angeles today in support of the “Yes on 47” campaign. Prop. 47, which will be on the ballot in November, would reduce the classification of some low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The crimes addressed by the proposal include things like minor drug possession and petty theft. Organized labor is a strong supporter of the proposition, as noted in Trumka's speech today at Homeboy Industries.

Read more from Labor's Edge, the California Federation of Labor's blog. 

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Two Leading Labor Activists Receive Global Recognition for Work

Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, with children. Photo: www.kailashsatyarthi.net

Activists’ hard work fighting for workers’ rights often goes unrecognized. This week, however, two leading labor activists received global recognition for their defense of vulnerable workers and innovative organizing and advocacy campaigns. The AFL-CIO applauds our long-standing partners Kailash Satyarthi and Alejandra Ancheita.

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AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre: ‘We Will Get $10.10, but It’s Not Enough’

Photo by Joe Kekeris/AFL-CIO

Workers across the country are using the symbolism of Oct. 10 to amplify the call for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre commemorated the day by meeting with low-wage workers from the D.C. region who would be impacted by a minimum wage increase. Over lunch, the workers talked about what it’s like to raise their families on low pay and the challenges they face every day to make ends meet. 

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AFL-CIO Honors the Building and Woodworkers International with Human Rights Award

AFL-CIO Honors the Building and Woodworkers International with Human Rights Award

Hundreds of millions of fans around the globe cheer on their national teams at major sporting events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. Beneath the fanfare, host countries require vast amounts of labor to pull off the massive infrastructure updates and stadium construction needed for such events. The sad truth is that those who stage these events often undercut laws protecting wages, organizing rights, and health and safety protections. It is often migrant workers who pay the price for these fast-paced projects with injury, wage theft, forced labor and even death.

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Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

Wisconsin ACLU illustration

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that could have denied more than 300,000 registered voters the right to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

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