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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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TAA Works—Just Ask Michael Smith

Michael Smith worked for 13 years as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point, Md., plant. But in 2012 the plant—then owned by R.G. Steel—was forced to shut its doors after a series of flawed trade deals and U.S. policy decisions allowed cheap, subsidized foreign steel to flood the market. Smith was among 2,500 United Steelworkers members who lost their jobs. 

 

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Building Immigrant Worker Power

If you are organizing workers in California, it’s likely you are organizing immigrant workers. It’s also very likely the employer has threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the workers begin to assert their rights and talk about forming a union. Employers too often use the threat of deportation as a form of intimidation, harassment and retaliation against workers and their families. Nothing chills an organizing drive quicker than the threat of calling ICE; it can separate workers from their children, parents and spouses. 

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Workers Vote Union YES for Transport Workers in First Test of New Workplace Election Rules

Jon Bradford is president of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 226, representing some 800 bus drivers and social service workers in New Jersey. The local is about to grow by 100 members, thanks to a successful organizing campaign by bus driver Luis Del Toro and his co-workers who work for Trans-Ed, a company that provides bus service to school districts in northern New Jersey.

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Worker Wins Organizing Update: Organizing Efforts Pay Off in Big Spring for Workers

Workers have stood up in the face of low wages and unacceptable conditions to organize new workplaces. Below are some recent major organizing wins....

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Deepa Iyer

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Deepa Iyer

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. For the last week of our monthlong celebration, we honor a contemporary activist on the rise: Deepa Iyer.

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Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

May Day rally in Washington, D.C., 2013

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Justice Department's appeal of a federal district judge's February decision that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's November executive action on immigration. The court’s ruling threatens immigration relief for as many as 4 million people. Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement (read after the jump).

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute and Think Progress have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), whose attempt to strip tens of thousands of public employees of their bargaining rights in 2011 failed, lashed out last week at the state’s 10,000 child care and home care workers when he issued an executive order stripping them of their collective bargaining rights.

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Thank You, Chris Christie: Winners and Losers of the Week

Thank You, Chris Christie: 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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Union Veterans Council and Affiliates Mark Memorial Day in Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Photo by Dan Duncan

At the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, union veterans and members honored the sacrifices of those interred there and of all military service members in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony.

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