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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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Trumka in Missouri: Racism Is Not Somebody Else's Problem, It's 'Our Problem'

Trumka in Missouri: Racism Is Not Somebody Else's Problem, It's 'Our Problem'

In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members.

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New Website Keeps You on Top of Southern California Carwash Workers' Fight for Justice

New Website Keeps You on Top of Southern California Carwash Workers' Fight for Justice

We’ve been reporting on the fight for justice for Southern California carwash workers—and their CLEAN Carwash campaign's many victories—since the carwasheros launched their campaign. Now with a new website, you can keep up with the latest developments in the workers’ campaign.

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

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

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

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7 Reasons Why Paul LePage Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Maine Department of Education on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

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Transport Worker Veterans Seek to Unify Across the Country

In 2014, the Transport Workers (TWU) union has increased its focus on veterans, particularly through the Veterans Committee's three-day conference, which seeks to unify and empower veterans and support the creation of veterans committees at locals across the country. In the past, the Veterans Committee focused more on service projects and fundraising, but it is shifting toward a more legislative agenda with a concentration on issues that affect veterans.

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Don’t Forget 2010, Here's How to Help

In 2006 and 2008, working families showed up to the polls in record numbers and we won. In 2010, we worked hard but didn’t make it across the finish line. Anti-worker politicians walked away with a victory and immediately started taking away collective bargaining rights for workers, blocking equal pay for women and even shutting down the government.

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

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

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

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It’s Time to Register to Vote, and It’s Easier Than Ever

It’s Time to Register to Vote, and It’s Easier Than Ever

Labor Day’s faded from view, Election Day is looming on the horizon and it’s closer than you may think. This year, we’ll have the chance to beat back the attack on working families by the likes of Mitch McConnell, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers and other extremists. But that won’t happen if you and your family and friends aren’t registered to vote.

It’s easy to register. Click here to get started.  

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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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California Passes Paid Sick Days Law but Home Health Care Workers Left Out

Infographic via ThinkProgress

Six and a half million California workers will now have access to paid sick days, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Workers will be able to earn three paid sick days a year. Unfortunately, home care workers were excluded from the final bill. 

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