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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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Two Years after Fatal Tazreen Fire, Life Worse for Survivors

Shahanaz, who survivied the deadly Tazreen blaze, says her health continues to worsen. Photo: Randall Kindle/Solidarity Center

Nov. 24 marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh that killed 112 garment workers. 

Since then, at least 30 garment workers have died in factory fires and 844 have been injured in 68 incidents, according to data collected by Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the capital. Many of the survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again. 

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25 Million Reasons to Give Thanks for Social Insurance

Photo courtesy Robert Neff on Flickr

The National Academy of Social Insurance recently examined Census Bureau data and found that social insurance programs have a made a significant dent on the number of people living in poverty in the U.S. More than 45 million people (14.5% of the population) lived in poverty in 2013, but those numbers would be significantly larger if it weren't for programs such as Social Security, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and Supplemental Security Income. 

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Workers and Families vs. Profits: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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Hear It Straight from a Former Walmart Worker Why You Should Get Involved on Black Friday

Hear It Straight from a Former Walmart Worker Why You Should Get Involved on Black Friday

I was thrilled to be a Walmart employee until I realized the simplicity of Walmart’s major issue: The company doesn’t care about its employees.

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ILCA Will Honor Its Contest Winners at Luncheon Featuring George Lakoff and Steve Early

ILCA Will Honor Its Contest Winners at Luncheon Featuring George Lakoff and Steve Early

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) will honor the winners of its annual Labor Media Awards at a luncheon on Dec. 12. This is the only contest in North America that honors labor communicators for their work, and does so in all areas of communications. Award categories cover a variety of writing and video, as well as social media, multimedia, photography and more labor-specific categories like labor history, organizing and political action.

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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'

Photo courtesy Victoria Pickering on Flickr

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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