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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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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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Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Ten countries participated in a global day of action yesterday, supporting the Walmart strikers and workers speaking out for better conditions at the mega retailer. 

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Many Paths to Succeed

For a long time, we’ve assumed there was one path to success for America’s kids: College prep courses in high school followed by four or more years of a college education.

But that formula leaves a lot of people out—like people whose families can’t afford college, those who can’t face the huge debt burden of college loans and young people whose career goals do not require a four-year bachelor’s degree.

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Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

The nation’s largest guide for savvy buyers who want to shop where employees are paid livable wages is expanding to the nation’s capital. Labor 411 on Nov. 18 launched its Washington, D.C., online edition (www.labor411.org). The guide allows consumers to pinpoint by neighborhood where their shopping dollars are helping communities the most and, at the same time, avoid retailers that do not treat their workers well. 

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