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Young and Old Agree: Don't Cut Social Security

Social Security survivor benefits make it possible for children to live at home instead of being sent to an orphanage when a parent dies. Social Security old age benefits ensure you can retire with dignity. If you become disabled or injured on the job, Social Security disability benefits will help keep you afloat. 

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Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Meet the Press This Sunday

Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Meet the Press This Sunday

In advance of Labor Day, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will appear on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. The show airs Sunday, September 6, from 9-10 a.m. ET on NBC, and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in New York and Washington, D.C.

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Southwest Side Braces for Loss of Oreos and 600 Jobs

Southwest Side Braces for Loss of Oreos and 600 Jobs

On Monday, Aug. 24, NPR Chicago broadcast a special story detailing the recent announcement by Mondelēz International that it is shipping 600 union jobs — half the plant’s workforce — to Mexico. The program includes interviews with BCTGM Local 300 members at the Chicago bakery. The report also includes information on how the city worked with Mondelēz  the last time the company threatened to move production outside of the United States by providing $300 million in tax breaks to complete infrastructure work at the bakery.

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Why the Fed Is Not Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn't Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates: The Case of Young Workers

Labor Day is soon. And while it is a day to celebrate the history and contributions of America’s working people in building our nation, it also marks a return to school for students. And, it is a time to reflect on those seniors, in high school and college, starting their final year before joining America’s labor market.

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Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 5.1% in August

Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 5.1% in August

Jobs numbers released this morning show workers continue to suffer the negative effects of a global economy where the rules are written to keep wages low. The U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August and unemployment was 5.1%, down from July's 5.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The Need to Win Schedules That Work

The past 10 years have been a nightmare for retail and other working people who are subjected to automated scheduling. That’s a fancy term for a tool that allows employers to schedule staffing according to predictions of consumer demand with no discussion and often no notice. People in retail and other industries are instructed to select from predetermined options generated by a centralized database. 

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This Labor Day, I Stand in Solidarity with the 'Rednecks' on Strike in Texas

A man on strike shows his redneck pride in Amarillo, Texas.

As a good-ole country boy from the hills of Arkansas, I’ve been called a redneck a time or two in my life.

I’m sure those who chose to refer to me as a redneck didn’t do so as a compliment. But I have to say, that I am proud to be a redneck. And, if you were up on your labor history, you might be, too.

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Join the Celebration at a Labor Day Event Near You

Join the Celebration at a Labor Day Event Near You

This Monday is Labor Day, when people across the country will come together at barbecues, festivals and other family events to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working people and celebrate all those who make our country run. And you can join in the celebration by finding a Labor Day event near you. This Labor Day should be a celebration of working families because we are ready to speak up together, change the rules and bring lasting economic balance so that every family can pursue the American Dream and work for a better life.

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What Do Families Need Just to Get By?

In his song "Get By," rapper Talib Kweli asks a question...

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A Bigger Share for Bike-Share Workers: One Worker’s Story on Winning a Voice (and Contract) in the Workplace

A Bigger Share for Bike-Share Workers: One Worker’s Story on Winning a Voice (and Contract) in the Workplace

There is an invisible hand that mysteriously guides bike behavior in New York City, making them disappear and reappear all around the city…and those hands belong to Dolly Winter. Dolly, a friendly veteran dispatcher, has worked for Citi Bike in New York City since its launch in 2013. Dolly says her favorite part of the job is watching the flow of the bikes and people in the city. She is truly a bike enthusiast who believes that bike-share programs change lives and build healthier communities.

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The Browning-Ferris NLRB Decision Explained

The Browning-Ferris NLRB Decision Explained

Last week, working people won a significant victory when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the Browning-Ferris decision and increased employer accountability for wages and work conditions. As with most rulings issued by government bodies, it's a little complicated and a lot of questions are being asked about what exactly the ruling means. We're here to tell you.

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