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248,000 New Jobs Drop Jobless Rate to 5.9% in September

248,000 New Jobs Drop Jobless Rate to 5.9% in September

The economy added 248,000 new jobs in September, a big increase over the 180,000 jobs added in August. The unemployment rate fell to 5.9% compared to 6.1% in August, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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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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T-Mobile a ‘Best Employer’? Ha!

Did you say "best employer"?

Hi, my name is Carolina Figueroa. I have worked eight years at a T-Mobile call center in Albuquerque, N.M. I am a union activist.

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Mark Udall Is the Right Choice for Colorado's Working Families

Mark Udall Is the Right Choice for Colorado's Working Families

In the U.S. Senate race in Colorado, there is a stark contrast between Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner. Which candidate is better for working families? Take a look at this handy chart from Working America and you’ll see it’s Udall.

In Colorado? Text CO to 235246 for important updates about the election. 

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How to Talk to Your Friends and Family About...Voting Rights

Photo courtesy Jamelah E. on Flickr

This is the first installment in a new series in which we give you advice on how to talk to your friends and family about key issues for working families. We know that with family and work responsibilities, you don't have the time to do all the research on important topics you need to know about to be an effective voter, so we're going to do that for you and provide you with the best information and messaging about how you can talk to your friends and family.

If you have questions on what is needed at your polling place on Election Day, check out the MyVoteMyRight website or text RIGHTS to 235246.  

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Wisconsin Voter ID: Here’s What You Need

Wisconsion AFL-CIO photo

This election year Wisconsin voters have to deal with several new voting restrictions passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R). 

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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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How to Vote Online in Alaska!

Alaska voters have a benefit that many Americans don't—they have the option to vote online! This video walks people through the steps Alaskans need to take in order to vote online, so check it out and speak out for working families in 2014.

Live in Alaska? Text AK to 235246 for election updates. 

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Democracy in Action

Karen Koch with Sister Simone

This weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing the best and the worst parts of democracy in action. My home state of Michigan is a “battleground” with competitive governor and Senate races. We, the voters, have been attracting a lot of attention. Most of it comes from a good place. Some of it…not so much. Let’s start with the good.

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New ‘Yelp’ for Guest Workers in U.S. Challenges the Employer Power Dynamic

New ‘Yelp’ for Guest Workers in U.S. Challenges the Employer Power Dynamic

A new initiative called Contratados, which refers to being contracted under a temporary work program, aims to give workers more power in the recruitment process and makes sure employers and recruiters are held accountable for their actions. Spearheaded by Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), a trans-national migrant worker center with offices in Mexico and the United States, Contratados features an interactive website, a hotline, pocket-sized know-your-rights comics, audio novelas and a transnational radio campaign designed to provide workers with resources to more securely navigate the recruitment and employment process.

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