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Controlling Rising Health Care Costs: Medicare Is the Solution, Not the Problem

Controlling Rising Health Care Costs: Medicare Is the Solution, Not the Problem

This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post, by Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center.

Although Election Day is behind us, Medicare remains on working people's minds. Medicare ranked third to the economy and federal deficit as an issue of extreme importance in deciding how people voted. For months now, pundits, candidates and policymakers have wrestled one another about Medicare's future. Taking place at town hall meetings and on editorial pages, these battles were mostly waged in fiscal terms. Medicare's sustainability, the fiscal slope and the cost of insuring the Baby Boomers are hot topics for debate. Attention will now turn from the candidates' promises to their actual proposals.

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Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Raise Wages

Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Raise Wages

Today we celebrate Labor Day, a day to honor the men and women who work hard every day to support their families, pay their bills, educate their kids, save for retirement and fight to make America’s economy work for everybody.

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What Does Labor Want?

Whether it is a job, equal pay for equal work or the means to achieve a stable retirement, we as workers share many of the same hopes and dreams. And to this day, the best way to achieve those dreams is through a unified labor movement.

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Take the Quiz: Which Labor Leader Are You?

Take the Quiz: Which Labor Leader Are You?

Which labor leader are you? Take the quiz, courtesy of Union Plus

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Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Every year on Labor Day weekend, people of faith and people concerned with social and economic justice come together to celebrate Labor Day and the contributions America's working families have made. 

We know that communities of faith aren't so different from workers who come together on the job for a voice and a better life. That common thread is solidarity. 

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Thanks to Obamacare, Health Insurance Company Execs Are No Longer Receiving Taxpayer Giveaways for Exorbitant Pay

Thanks to Obamacare, Health Insurance Company Execs Are No Longer Receiving Taxpayer Giveaways for Exorbitant Pay

Runaway executive pay at health insurance companies will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers, thanks to a little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The provision, which lowered the tax break for executive pay to $500,000 for health insurers, yielded the federal government about $72 million in additional revenue in 2013, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), “The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay.” 

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, 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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How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You or Someone You Know? Here's What You Said, Part 2

How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You or Someone You Know? Here's What You Said, Part 2

This week, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and the people you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s more of what you’ve said so far.

Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246.

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

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

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

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Save the Date and Tell a Friend: National Organizers Workshop Set for March 6-7, 2015

Union Summer Interns 2014

Our movement faces enormous challenges: union density is declining, corporate power is on the rise and basic worker protections are under attack.
Front-line labor and community organizers are confronting these issues every day. And as any organizer will tell you, we’re stronger when we confront tough problems together.

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Throwback Thursday: 250,000 March for Jobs and Freedom

Fifty-one years ago today, 250,000 people joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., AFL-CIO Vice President A. Philip Randolph, labor and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, UAW President Walter Reuther and countless Americans marched for equality, jobs and freedom. That march became a pinnacle of the civil rights movement, symbolizing hope and the power of united action.

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