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State-by-State: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

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We have five weeks to tell Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% expire and reject any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Visit www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture for all the information you need on the upcoming budget showdown. 

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid aren't just numbers on a budget line, they're vital family protection lifelines for working people. 

Did you know 55.4 million Americans across the United States receive monthly Social Security checks, including 8.6 million workers with disabilities and 4.4 million children? A total of 48.7 million Americans get their health care coverage from Medicare and 64.4 million Americans get their health care coverage from Medicaid, including 29.8 million children and 4.2 million seniors.

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N.J. State AFL-CIO, Rep. Pascrell, Union Leaders Discuss the Negative Consequences of a Fast Track Trade Deal

N.J. State AFL-CIO, Rep. Pascrell, Union Leaders Discuss the Negative Consequences of a Fast Track Trade Deal

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey held a press conference on Thursday to discuss the many negative consequences for communities and working families that will result if the president’s Fast Track trade negotiating power is renewed.

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Time to Say Goodbye

Photo by Joe Kekeris

After more than 35 years writing for union newspapers, magazines, e-newsletters, fax alerts and blogs, and even sending out a few tweets and texts lately, this is my last—as we used to call it— story. I’m retiring from the AFL-CIO after 26 years.

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Reich: Want to Fix the Economy? Strengthen Unions

In the latest video in his series on how to fix the economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argues that stronger unions are a critical component. Unions, Reich explains, are key to increasing stagnant wages and boosting a shrinking middle class.

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In the States Roundup

In the States Roundup

It’s time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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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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