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U.S. Mail is Not for Sale: Join the Boycott of Staples—‘It’s That Easy’

U.S. Mail is Not for Sale: Join the Boycott of Staples—‘It’s That Easy’

More and more unions, community groups and other organizations are lining up with the Postal Workers (APWU) and backing the union’s boycott of Staples. You can join in, too. As the APWU says, “It’s that easy,” just don’t buy your office supplies at Staples.

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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 family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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19 States Take Steps to Fight Back Against Privatization

19 States Take Steps to Fight Back Against Privatization

Lawmakers are beginning to recognize the widespread problems with the outsourcing of government services. According to a new report from In the Public Interest, 19 states have taken proactive steps to reverse this trend, which began in the 1970s and 1980s. The report also notes that taxpayers have begun to tire of the diminished quality and even loss of services that can arise from outsourcing them.

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Union-Made-in-America Snack Time—Grab a Handful

Union-Made-in-America Snack Time—Grab a Handful

No doubt during this upcoming long July 4 weekend—maybe at a backyard gathering of your family and friends or during the World Cup games—you’ll likely feel like a little snack. Well, here’s a list of union-made-in-America snacks—from the salty, like Lay’s Potato Chips and Cheez-Its, to the sweet, such as Cracker Jacks and Oreos. And for those of you trying to keep the weight off, we have some more healthy options, too. 

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New Law Will Increase Student Loan Interest Rates for Borrowers

New Law Will Increase Student Loan Interest Rates for Borrowers

Post-secondary students and their parents are in for a treat as they begin financial preparations for the coming school year.

Under the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, signed into law last summer, just as new federal student loan rates were set to double, student loan interest rates are now tied to financial markets, which means as the financial markets get stronger interest rates will get higher.

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Labor Department to Expand Legal Protections for Transgender Workers

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Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced today that discrimination against transgender employees working for federal contractors is illegal under Executive Order 11246, which, among other things, prohibits discrimination based on sex. Perez said the Labor Department “will issue guidance to make clear that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is discrimination based on sex.” The announcement affirms protections in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's decision more than two years ago in Macy v. Holder.

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Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act on One-Year Anniversary of Stalling on Immigration

Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act on One-Year Anniversary of Stalling on Immigration

A year ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that would address many of the flaws with the country's broken immigration system, but House Republican leaders have done just about everything in their power to stall the bill, and it hasn't even come to a vote. Today, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) hosted an event to highlight the tragic impact the ongoing deportation crisis has had on workers and families.

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

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

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

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Swirl, Sniff, Sip a Union-Made-in-America Wine

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If you can’t make it to that mythical land where the water tastes like wine, head down to your nearest grocery or beverage store and look for one of these fine union-made-in-America wines or champagnes brought to you by the United Farm Workers (UFW), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Teamsters (IBT).

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: The NCAA

In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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