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Boston Passes Strong ‘Trust Act’

Union members at the Boston Trust Act hearings.

On Aug. 25, Martin J. Walsh, the mayor of Boston, signed the “Boston Trust Act,” one of the strongest such ordinances passed to date to protect immigrants from being unfairly targeted under the terms of the federal Secure Communities program.

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I'm a Koch Sister, Too!

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler with Joyce and Karen Koch

You’ve heard of the Koch Brothers, the ultra-rich, corporate extremists whose deep pockets are flooding election-season airwaves. Too often, their goals are part of a political playbook to drive down wages, cut Social Security and Medicare and secure more corporate tax breaks at the expense of our environment. Their money may dominate America's politics and lawmaking, but their values and ideals sure don’t.

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Give Responsible Student Loan Borrowers a Chance

Student loan borrowers are trying to do the responsible thing by paying off their loans but are being punished with high interest rates.

When you take out a mortgage or car loan, you can refinance the loan to get a better interest rate. With student loans, however, you’re stuck with the interest rate set by Congress, even though that rate is high enough to produce massive profit beyond the costs of operating the student loan program. And that's just not fair. 

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The Union Difference: Winners and Losers of the Week

The Union Difference: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Koch Sisters: The Koch Brothers Are 'Almost Evil' for Opposing the Minimum Wage

In the latest video from the Koch Sisters, Karen and Joyce express their outrage that the Koch Brothers are attacking the minimum wage, saying that billionaires trying to control how much the lowest-paid workers in the country get is "almost evil."

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7 Reasons Why Tom Corbett Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Paul Weaver on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Living Comfortably on the Streets During Retirement

Photo via the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Many say we’re facing a retirement crisis, with much of the academic research on retirement income adequacy finding a large minority, and possibly even a majority, of households with insufficient money set aside for retirement. And then there are those who have an ideological (or sometimes financial) interest in painting a rosy picture and minimizing any retirement difficulties to a small group of less fortunate people.

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Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win. 

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At Last, Sunday Football! And It Comes with a Union Label

Photo by Craig Hawkins via Flickr/Creative Commons

The first Sunday of the NFL season is here—the world champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the action Thursday with a 36–16 win over the Green Bay Packers. But while we are settling into our recliners and couches or at our favorite sports bar, thousands of union members, on and off the field, are making sure the games run as smoothly as Peyton Manning’s two-minute drill.

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Immigration Reform: Workers’ Voices Needed in Washington

Immigration Reform: Workers’ Voices Needed in Washington

The AFL-CIO has been calling on the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since spring 2013. Our dysfunctional and antiquated immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. Every day that the White House does not act, more than 1,000 people are torn from their worksites, their families and their communities, driving down wages and standards in the process.

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