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Michigan Republicans Pass 'Right to Work' for Less Bills Without Hearings or Input from Residents

Michigan Republicans Pass 'Right to Work' for Less Legislation Without Hearings or Input from Residents

Chris Savage is a Michigan-based political writer and owner of Eclectablog. You also can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Barack Obama spoke out against "right to work" for less legislation yesterday. These types of laws reduce wages and benefits for working families.  

Two days ago, I reported that Michigan Republicans, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, were planning on making Michigan the nation’s 24th “right to work” for Less (RTWFL) state by the end of the year. The timetable was, apparently, far more aggressive than that. The very next day after Snyder announced RTWFL was “on the table,” he held a joint press conference with House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville saying that he was asking for the legislation to be passed and that he would sign it into law.

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Raising Wages Is ‘Measuring Stick’ for Presidential Candidate Support, Trumka Declares

Raising Wages Is ‘Measuring Stick’ for Presidential Candidate Support, Trumka Declares

As the 2016 presidential battle begins to roll down the campaign trail toward Election Day 18 months from now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “The labor movement's doors are open to any candidate who is serious about transforming our economy with high and rising wages.”

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On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

Today, on Workers Memorial Day, working Americans are gathering to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to workplace-induced illnesses and injuries and to demand stronger safety protections on the job. Click here to find a Workers Memorial Day event near you. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will deliver a major address today at 10 a.m., outlining the standards that working people will use to evaluate 2016 presidential candidates and highlighting raising wages as a key issue in the 2016 campaign. The live stream of the address will be available at http://go.aflcio.org/TrumkaSpeech and you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #1uVote16.

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Government Workers Are People, Too: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy the Federal-Postal Coalition

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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Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

Join Liz Shuler Tomorrow to Discuss the Student Debt Crisis

On Tuesday, April 28, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis, Natalia Abrams, and special guests will be answering your questions about student debt and talking about solutions to the growing student debt crisis. The discussion begins at 3 p.m. EDT, and you can watch it on YouTube.

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Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

The AFL-CIO and more than 60 national and regional infrastructure and transportation advocacy groups will take part in Infrastructure Week 2015, May 11–15.

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Get Ready to Help Letter Carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Get Ready to Help Letter Carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger'

You can help “Stamp Out Hunger” by joining with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) union on Saturday, May 9, in its 23rd annual food drive—the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 72 million pounds of food. Since the annual drive began in 1992, more than 1.3 billion pounds of food have been collected and distributed by NALC members and community supporters.

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Get Ready for DC Labor and Film Fests

Get Ready for DC Labor and Film Fests

The second annual DC LaborFest begins May and runs the entire month and includes the 15th annual DC Labor FilmFest, as well as labor arts, including music, theater, poetry, books, art and history. The DC LaborFest features one of the most well-established film festivals in the world dedicated to showcasing labor art and screening films featuring workers and workers’ issues.

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On Anniversary of the Disaster, Workers Demand Justice for Rana Plaza

Photo courtesy NYU Stern BHR on Flickr

On April 24, workers around the world are taking action to demand justice for Bangladeshi garment workers on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

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Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

This week marks the five-year anniversary of Arizona's notorious S.B. 1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents, or "attrition through enforcement," in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they "suspect may be undocumented."

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