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

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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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Victory! We Stopped Fast Track (for Now)

Victory! We Stopped Fast Track (for Now)

Here’s the good news: Your hard work stopping Fast Track has paid off. We’ve told you all the many reasons Fast Track is a terrible idea for workers, our economy and our democracy. The AFL-CIO and its member unions filled Capitol Hill with ads showing how Fast Track hurts real people, as part of our “No Fast Track” campaign. Unions partnered with dozens of other organizations to fight Fast Track. Together, we organized a week of action.

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Major Milestones in AFL-CIO's Campaign for Immigration Reform

Over the years, the labor movement and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka have fought side by side with the grassroots immigrant rights movement to stop unnecessary and unjust deportations and for a policy that protects workers' rights, keeps families together and provides a road map to citizenship for aspiring Americans. We stood strong with immigrant workers in the face of unprecedented deportations, while also working for a comprehensive solution. Here are some key highlights from the AFL-CIO Now blog and other press clips over the past several years where America's working families, and their unions, have stood with aspiring citizens and families.

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Walmart Workers to Strike as New Report Calls Company 'America's Largest Poverty Incubator'

In advance of Black Friday protests the day after Thanksgiving, Walmart workers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, participated in a one-day strike calling on the retail giant to increase wages. Meanwhile, a new report, “Walmart's Hunger Games: How America's Largest Employer and Richest Family Worsen the Hunger Crisis,” called Walmart the poster child for food insecurity in America.

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Let’s Get Off the Hamster Wheel on Trade!

Let’s Get Off the Hamster Wheel on Trade!

In January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, responding to the introduction of the latest “Fast Track” legislation, said, “It is past time for the United States to get off the corporate hamster wheel on trade.”

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Trumka: President's Immigration Executive Action 'Moves Us Forward'

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's announced executive action on immigration reform.

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Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Ten countries participated in a global day of action yesterday, supporting the Walmart strikers and workers speaking out for better conditions at the mega retailer. 

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Many Paths to Succeed

For a long time, we’ve assumed there was one path to success for America’s kids: College prep courses in high school followed by four or more years of a college education.

But that formula leaves a lot of people out—like people whose families can’t afford college, those who can’t face the huge debt burden of college loans and young people whose career goals do not require a four-year bachelor’s degree.

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Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

The nation’s largest guide for savvy buyers who want to shop where employees are paid livable wages is expanding to the nation’s capital. Labor 411 on Nov. 18 launched its Washington, D.C., online edition (www.labor411.org). The guide allows consumers to pinpoint by neighborhood where their shopping dollars are helping communities the most and, at the same time, avoid retailers that do not treat their workers well. 

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Black Beans, Guac and Respect

Black Beans, Guac and Respect

In Los Angeles, more than 100 supporters rallied yesterday at a local Chipotle restaurant to ask it to intervene with its supplier, Huhtamaki.

Workers who make the packaging for Chipotle’s burrito bowls work at Huhtamaki, a giant Finland-based company, earn less than $15 per hour.

Stand with Huhtamaki workers and sign their petition today

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Sexual Harassment: What Does It Have to Do with Living Off Tips?

What is it like living off tips as a woman in the service industry? Check out the latest video from Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. 

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