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U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

This week, the United Nations released its annual report on the Progress of the World’s Women. Called “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights,” this year’s edition is focused on economic empowerment. As the report highlights, while there has been important progress regarding gender equality, entrenched economic and social inequality remains throughout the world.

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Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sets the record straight when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track in this short audio clip. If you want to know what's really happening on the trade front, give it a listen.

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What Ellen Pao Overlooked…and Gawker Writers Get Right

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Earlier this month, the CEO of Reddit, Ellen Pao, announced the company would no longer allow employees to negotiate their salaries. Pao explained the move was an attempt to close the pay gap between women and men since, based on her experience, women are worse negotiators than men and as she put it, “From what I've heard from women, they…feel like there’s no way to win.”

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The Art of Labor

The Art of Labor

Hanging on the wall above my desk as I write is a poster of Diego Rivera’s sumptuous painting, “The Flower Carrier,” with a peasant bent double, an overfilled, oversized basket on his back, packed with splendid pink and purple flowers, capturing the burdens and beauty of labor. To me, it’s hard to imagine labor or a labor movement without art—without novels like “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Hard Times,” without songs like “Joe Hill” and “Union Maid,” without paintings like Millet’s “Man with a Hoe” and Van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters,” without films like “Norma Rae,” “On the Waterfront” and “Harlan County U.S.A.”

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Widespread Coverage for Trumka's 'Raising Wages' Challenge to Presidential Candidates

Widespread Coverage for Trumka's 'Raising Wages' Challenge to Presidential Candidates

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka challenged the 2016 presidential candidates to support a raising wages agenda and said there would be “no place to hide” for candidates who didn't stand up for working families. And voters around the country heard the message as media outlets across the country covered the story.

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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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