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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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1,000 Texas Workers Vote to Join IAM

A member of the Red River Army Depot workforce completes electronic work for the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). Army Material Command photo

Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

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AFGE Files Suit to Stop USDA’s ‘Filthy’ Poultry Inspection Rule

AFGE members protest USDA's poultry inspection rule. AFGEphoto

AFGE filed suit Monday to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) new poultry inspection rule that replaces 25% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees and speeds up the processing lines by 400%. AFGE President J. David Cox said:

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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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APALA Celebrates the Life of Pioneer Sumi Haru

Last week, we lost a trailblazer who helped paved the way for diversity in her industry and helped expand the role of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the labor movement.  Sumi Haru was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and a key member of SAG-AFTRA whose impact was felt well beyond the labor movement and the film industry she worked in.

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For the Third Year in a Row, Connecticut Candidate for Governor, Tom Foley, Paid No Taxes

Photo courtesy the Valley Independent Sentinel

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (R-Conn.) had an effective tax rate in 2013 of $0, the third year in a row the millionaire hasn't paid taxes.  In 2010, the investor spent $11 million of his own fortune in a failed attempt to defeat Dannel Malloy for governor of Connecticut, and Foley is trying again this year.  On Friday, he showed reporters summaries of his most recent tax returns, showing that after adjustments, his tax rate in 2013 was 0%, as it was in 2011 and 2012.

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Mark Schauer Will Fight for All Michiganders

Mark Schauer Will Fight for All Michiganders

In Michigan, voters have a clear choice in the governor’s race. Mark Schauer, who will fight for all Michiganders, not just the well-connected, or Rick Snyder, whose handouts to corporations and the super-rich have forced Michigan's working families to foot the bill.

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

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

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

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AFL-CIO Calls for Presidential Action on Worker Protections Against Ebola

AFL-CIO Calls for Presidential Action on Worker Protections Against Ebola

To protect the nation’s health care workers and the public from exposure to the Ebola virus, President Barack Obama should use his executive authority to put in place mandatory protections and other workplace standards for hospitals and other health care facilities, the AFL-CIO urged today.

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Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

If you're in Iowa and following the U.S. Senate race, you may have heard about Senate candidate Joni Ernst's thoughts on Social Security...and they're pretty alarming. 

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IBEW, CWA Members Strike for Fairness at FairPoint

Photo via Fairness at FairPoint on Facebook

Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) struck FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Oct. 17 over what the unions say is the company’s unwillingness to bargain in good faith.

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