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Fast Track Sneak Attack: 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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It’s Election Day: The AFL-CIO Live Blog

It’s Election Day: The AFL-CIO Live Blog

It’s Election Day, and across the country working families are going to the polls. Their votes AND YOURS will decide ballot initiatives in vital federal, state and local races between candidates who stand with working families and those tied to corporations, the 1% and CEOs. We’ll bring you updates from the field on turnout and what people are seeing at the polls.

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So Smug

So Smug

There’s something you gotta know: The guys running against us aren’t nice guys.
I hate to say it, but they’re already passing around champagne.

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WTO in Seattle—15 Years Ago

Photo by geraldford/Flickr Creative Commons

In November 1999, the World Trade Organization met in Seattle, where I live, to negotiate the terms of globalization.

I missed it.

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

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

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

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Take a Look at Machinists' Photo Contest Winners

Take a Look at Machinists' Photo Contest Winners

The Machinists (IAM) unveiled the winners of the union’s annual photo contest with this year’s theme “IAM members at work.” The first place winner (above) was taken by Donnie Rogers, IAM Local Lodge 2535, Magellan Aerospace, Middletown, Ohio. It shows Local 2535 member Ed Baker handling a part cut by a water jet that will be welded into a cone for an Airbus A340 jet engine.

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What Working in Fast Food Could Be Like

Photo courtesy Steven Isaacson on Flickr

Imagine you have a job where you get the full 40-hour workweek you want. You have affordable health care that meets your needs. You get five weeks paid vacation, paid maternity and paternity leave, a pension and overtime pay for working after 6 p.m. or on Sunday. You get your work schedule four weeks in advance so you can plan your life. And your employer can't send you home early without pay because business is slow. You have a union that is well-organized and fights to make sure your rights are protected. After you pay your rent and bills, you can still put some money in your savings account, and you still have money left over to go out and have a nice evening. And you know that if times get tough, that savings you have been able to put away will help you through.

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In Wisconsin: Trumka Joins Union Members for GOTV Drive

In Wisconsin: Trumka Joins Union Members for GOTV Drive

On their way to punch in on Thursday, workers at Miller Brewing Co.’s Milwaukee plant were met by fellow union members, handing out leaflets and talking to them about why Mary Burke is the best candidate for governor for working families. One of those union members at the plant gate was AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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Take Action: The Final Countdown Has Begun

Take Action: The Final Countdown Has Begun

As the time between now and polls closing on Tuesday turns from days to hours to minutes, turnout by working families is going to be the deciding factor in numerous states. That means every phone call you make between now and midnight on Tuesday (when the last polls close in Alaska, a key state) puts us closer to preventing a government shutdown, impeachment of the president and an increased assault on the rights of working families.

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Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Election Day on Tuesday will be a busy day, with so much information coming in, it'll be a challenge to sift through all the details and figure out what it all means for working families. Luckily, we've got that stuff covered for you. Join us on Twitter for three Tweet chats throughout the day that will help you understand what all the results mean and get plugged into Election Day activities. 

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