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150 Workers Will Die Today

150 Workers Will Die Today

Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety in the 44 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act become law, today and every day 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases. That and other sobering statistics about the preventable deaths and injuries workers face each day are in the 2015 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect released today.

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Trumka: Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to Baltimore

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement about the events in Baltimore:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baltimore, the injured police and especially the family of Freddie Gray. What is happening there reminds us of the challenges of inequality and unease in America that we must address.

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Join University of Maryland’s Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

From the Geroge Meany Memorial Archives

In 2013, the AFL-CIO donated the George Meany Memorial Archives from the National Labor College to the University of Maryland's University Libraries. That history of the AFL-CIO is recorded in 40 million documents packed in 20,000 boxes, taking up six miles of shelf space. This Friday, May 1, University of Maryland educators, students, workers and volunteers will tap into some of that massive collection for a Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the Hornbake Library on the College Park campus or remotely online. 

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Union Women Help 'Spread the Word' About One of the Leading Killers of Women

Union Women Help 'Spread the Word' About One of the Leading Killers of Women

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is teaming up with the Spread the Word campaign to increase awareness about the overlooked symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), one of the leading killers of women worldwide. The campaign also is designed to inform women of testing options that help spot CAD early and improve medical outcomes. CAD kills more women than all cancers combined but is often harder to diagnose among women than men.

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AFL-CIO Pushes Back Against Citigroup’s Influence in Washington

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At today’s Citigroup shareholder meeting in New York City, AFL-CIO Office of Investment Director Heather Slavkin Corzo challenged the Wall Street bank’s influence in Washington. At the meeting, Corzo introduced a proposal to require disclosure of Citigroup’s government service golden parachutes.

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Raising Wages Is ‘Measuring Stick’ for Presidential Candidate Support, Trumka Declares

Raising Wages Is ‘Measuring Stick’ for Presidential Candidate Support, Trumka Declares

As the 2016 presidential battle begins to roll down the campaign trail toward Election Day 18 months from now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “The labor movement's doors are open to any candidate who is serious about transforming our economy with high and rising wages.”

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On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

Today, on Workers Memorial Day, working Americans are gathering to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to workplace-induced illnesses and injuries and to demand stronger safety protections on the job. Click here to find a Workers Memorial Day event near you. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will deliver a major address today at 10 a.m., outlining the standards that working people will use to evaluate 2016 presidential candidates and highlighting raising wages as a key issue in the 2016 campaign. The live stream of the address will be available at http://go.aflcio.org/TrumkaSpeech and you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #1uVote16.

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Government Workers Are People, Too: 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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Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

On Tuesday, April 28, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis, Natalia Abrams, and special guests will be answering your questions about student debt and talking about solutions to the growing student debt crisis. The discussion begins at 3 p.m. EDT, and you can watch it on YouTube.

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