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Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities

Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities

From domestic workers in New York City to garment workers in Bangladesh, women coming together to organize, demand fair treatment and address gender discrimination is critical to realizing women’s rights and economic justice. A new report from the AFL-CIO, the Rutgers Center for Women’s Global Leadership and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, Transforming Women’s Work: Policies for an Inclusive Economic Agenda, discusses the critical need to create an enabling environment for worker and community organizing, including inclusive macroeconomic and trade policies that promote decent work in the market and realign gender inequities in unpaid work in the home.

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Former Immigration Judge Responds: No, Toddlers Can't Represent Themselves in Court

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The following is written by Eliza Klein, a retired U.S. immigration judge who sat on the bench in Miami, Boston and Chicago from 1994 to 2011, in response to the statements of Immigration Judge Jack. H. Weil who claims that toddlers can be taught to represent themselves in court....

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Organizing Institute Apprentices Gear Up with Autoworkers to Ask for a Little Respect

Organizing Institute Apprentices Gear Up with Autoworkers to Ask for a Little Respect

Organizing Institute apprentices have hit the ground running to help autoworkers build a union at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi—a fight that has been brewing over the past decade. This is the largest class of OI apprentices to be part of any one campaign. It’s important because this is a historic campaign to show that union organizing is a civil right and to show that #BlackLivesMatter.

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ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce

ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce

A new study from the International Trade Union Confederation shows that investing in the care economy in seven countries would create 21 million jobs and address other problems related to aging populations and economic stagnation. The analysis looked at Australia, Denmark, German, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and found that an investment of just 2% of GDP would narrow the gender pay gap, reduce overall inequality and lower barriers to women's participation in the workforce.

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Bad Trade Deals and Women: Lower Wages, Reduced Access to Lifesaving Health Care and Human Trafficking

Bad Trade Deals and Women: Lower Wages, Reduced Access to Lifesaving Health Care and Human Trafficking

The theme for International Women's Day this year is gender parity, and while women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement, progress toward gender parity has slowed. And trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership does nothing to contribute to that parity and, in many cases, it will reinforce negatives such as downward pressure on wages, sex trafficking and reduced access to medicines.

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Oregon Legislature Approves Unemployment Extension for Locked-Out Workers

Oregon Legislature Approves Unemployment Extension for Locked-Out Workers

The Oregon state Senate last week approved an unemployment insurance extension for locked-out workers that previously passed the state House, and the bill now goes to the governor for final approval. The bill will extend unemployment insurance to workers who are locked out as a result of a labor dispute. The legislation was introduced after Allegheny Technologies Inc. locked out members of the United Steelworkers (USW) in August of last year. Last week, the lockout ended when USW and ATI ratified a new contract.

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The Least You Can Do Is Pay Workers What You Promised Them: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights.

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New Jersey's WILD Conference: Making History, Fighting for the Future!

New Jersey's WILD Conference: Making History, Fighting for the Future!

More than 250 participants packed the East Brunswick, N.J., Hilton ballroom for the 13th annual Women in Leadership Development conference. The atmosphere of unity and sisterhood was remarkable as both first-time and longtime WILD sisters joined together, representing every union sector, age group and job category, as well as the labor movement’s deep racial and cultural diversity.

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The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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Recipe for a Recession...Mmm, Tasty!

Recipe for a Recession...Mmm, Tasty!

The latest video from AFSCME takes a look at some of the Republican policy proposals for the economy and finds that the recipe adds up to recession.

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