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Smoke Screen: One Industry Carve-Out Won’t Solve the Problem of Corporate Courts

According to recent reports (behind a paywall), U.S. trade negotiators for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal are floating a proposal to prevent tobacco companies from using corporate courts to sue national governments over anti-smoking regulations.

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Foley Wants Connecticut to Follow the Walmart Health Care Example

Photo courtesy OurWalmart on Flickr

Tom Foley is one of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections, and he keeps making that very clear. As reporter Ken Dixon tweeted (see above), Foley recently said that the state of Connecticut should handle its health care the same way corporations such as Walmart do. People who pay attention already know how ludicrous that statement is, but it is particularly bad coming on the day Walmart cut health care for 30,000 part-time workers and raised premiums on all 1.2 million of its employees participating in the company's health care plan.

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Horrible: Supreme Court Allows North Carolina’s Voting Restrictions to Go Forward

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday allowed key parts of one of the most restrictive voting rights laws in the nation to go forward. A federal appeals court had enjoined the provisions and North Carolina officials asked the Supreme Court to stay that ruling.

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

Photo via carmelrowley.com.au/blog

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

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4 Key Reasons Why Dan Sullivan Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

4 Key Reasons Why Dan Sullivan Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

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 Dan Sullivan, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

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Transport Workers Support the Soldiers at Fort Gordon

This post originally appeared on the AFL-CIO's @Work site. 

Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly.

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Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

As working people are gearing up to get out and vote Nov. 4, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had this to say on one of the top issues on people's minds:

Raising wages will be a driving force at the polls in the approaching midterm elections. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that will make a difference in the real world—from raising the minimum wage to ensuring that all workers can bargain collectively and make a livable wage. The labor movement stands in strong support of the broad campaign to bring attention to raising wages leading up to and following Oct. 10 [a national day of awareness about raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour], and it’s our responsibility to keep it going.

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A Tale of Two Dans

Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami gives you the lowdown on two of his state's worst Dans. Dan Sullivan is an extreme right-wing Republican running for lieutenant governor. We also have another Dan Sullivan, who is an extreme right-wing Republican running for U.S. Senate.  No, you aren't confused, there are two extreme right-wing Dan Sullivans trying to take away the rights of Alaska's working families.

In Alaska? Text AK to 235246 for important updates about the election. 

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Grimes: Building a Kentucky for Working Families

all photos via Alison Lundergan Grimes's Facebook page

“A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one,” legendary former U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn famously once observed.

Kentucky unions think they have a master carpenter in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who is after Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job. The barn McConnell wants to bash is organized labor, says the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, which endorsed Grimes last year because of her commitment to working families.

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

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

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

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