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Working Families Say Lame Duck Can’t Bargain Away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Ohio AFL-CIO photo

Thursday morning outside Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) Cincinnati office (see photo), a young single mother and her son, Vincent, who has severe disabilities, talked about the vital role Medicaid plays in their lives and how devastating any cuts to that health care lifeline would be.

The action was just one of more than 100 last week by working family activists urging Congress not to agree to a so-called “grand bargain” of deficit reduction in the upcoming lame-duck session that includes Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefit cuts.

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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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Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: Winners and Losers of the Week

Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: 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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Viewpoint from Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

Viewpoint from Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

At the deportation center in San Pedro Sula, planes land with more than 100 Hondurans a day, returned from our border prisons to their native land. They are mostly young men, with shackled hands and legs, who have harrowing tales of days in what they call the “ice box,” the U.S. detention centers on our borders that are so crowded they must stand up for hours, taking turns lying down to sleep. These were heartbreaking conversations, nearly hopeless tales through tears, of failed attempts to unify with families or find work.

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Atento Workers in Mexico Fight for a Fair Union Vote

Workers at the 6,000-employee call center company Atento Servicios in Mexico face daily challenges on the job. These mostly young workers make low wages, work long shifts, face high stress demands from callers, and are subjected to yelling, sexual harassment, and other abuses. They are treated like an expendable workforce and are hired and fired at a nearly 80 percent annual turnover rate.

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Meet the Madison Volunteers Who Are Making History in Wisconsin

Bill Connors carries a load of yard signs for distribution in his wards before hitting the pavement.  Photo by Mike Gillis.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO Labor 2014/Workers’ Voice campaign is in full swing across the state and volunteers are working the phones, leafleting worksites and knocking on doors in every corner of Wisconsin.  The race for governor is a dead heat and voter turnout will undoubtedly be the deciding factor.  Saturday dozens of volunteers were active in Madison doing the needed work to elect Mary Burke as the next governor.

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

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

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

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Baayork Lee, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer Wins Equity’s Robeson Honors

Baayork Lee (right) with Christine Toy Johnson, co-chair of Equity’s Equal Opportunity Employment Committee. Equity photo by Stephanie Masucci

Baayork Lee, who made her Broadway debut at the age of five as “Princess Ying Yaowalak” in the 1951 original production of The King and I and went on to a career as actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author, is the recipient of the 2014 Actors’ Equity (AEA) Paul Robeson Award.

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Remember the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Image Pretty Much Everybody Knows? It's Not What You Might Think

Remember the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Image Pretty Much Everybody Knows? It's Not What You Might Think

Rosie the Riveter was somebody who made it into a popular song, the cover of a Saturday Evening Post and the modern feminist movement. But like many things in our culture, her actual appearance was different from what the media portrayed. In researching this, I was rather amazed at the number of women who were supposedly the real Rosie.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature that takes a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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Why Dan Sullivan Is Wrong for Alaska's Workers

Alaska has a long history of politicians who fight for the state and it's working families. Alaska's workers and unions have long supported candidates of either party when that candidate was the best choice. But Dan Sullivan isn't one of those politicians. On issue after issue, Sullivan has sided against Alaskans in favor of supporting special interests, and he won't join the long bipartisan tradition of fighting for Alaskans.

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