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New Immigration Rule Aims to Keep Families Together

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Immigrant families with a spouse, child or parent who is a U.S. citizen will no longer be torn from each other when a family member who is an aspiring citizen begins the process of obtaining lawful permanent resident status in the United States, under a new federal rule on immigration announced Wednesday. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says the rule:

Facilitates the legal immigration process and reduces the amount of time that U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives who are in the process of obtaining an immigrant visa.

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Chris Christie Is Violently Wrong: 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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Getting Trade Right Requires More Than Glittering Generalities

Graph via the Economic Policy Institute

Remember back in school, when you did a unit on “persuasive techniques” (your teacher may have called it “propaganda” or “advertising”) and your teacher taught you about the different methods that advertisers use to try to persuade you to buy their products?

There was the testimonial, as in “Hey, I tried it and it works!”

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Inequality—'X' Marks the Spot—Dig Here

Figure 1. Something happened in the mid-70's

In 2002, I heard an economist characterizing this figure as containing a valuable economic insight. He wasn't sure what the insight was. I have my own answer.

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'Make My Labor Day' Sweepstakes for Union Members

'Make My Labor Day' Sweepstakes for Union Members

Union members built this country and our dedication keeps it running. To celebrate the folks who make America possible, Union Plus is bringing Labor Day back to its roots. It’s time to show our appreciation and cook up a little fun in the process.

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Hard Rock Band L.A. Guns Supports 'Fair Play Fair Pay' Act

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L.A. Guns, an influential hard rock/glam metal band, best known for hits like "The Ballad of Jayne" and "It's Over Now," has issued a statement in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015 and are headlining a gig in Los Angeles today in support of the legislation. The act would correct a glaring error in the way musicians are compensated for their work. As hard as it is to believe, artists are not paid when radio stations air their recordings in the United States, which makes us one of only five countries that allow this, along with China, Iran, North Korea and Rwanda.

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Worker Wins Update: From Coast to Coast, Workers Winning on Raising Wages Agenda

Photo courtesy John Kiddelsrud

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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AFL-CIO Remains Committed to Raising Wages, Better Trade Policy, Racial Justice and a Just Immigration System

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada speaks at the July 2015 AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued several important policy statements at its July meeting. In addition to discussing policy priorities, the council met with five 2016 presidential candidates. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement last night (after the jump). 

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Medicare Plays Vital Role in Long-Term Financial Security of Working Families

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On today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement.

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It's Past Time to Stop the Revolving Door Between Wall Street and Financial Regulators

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The job of U.S. financial regulators is a vitally important one. A well-regulated Wall Street is essential to create an economy that works for working people. Regulators protect the stability of financial markets and help us avoid crises. Because of the important role these regulators serve, it's vital that there be no conflict of interest when it comes to protecting the health of our economy and working families' investments. 

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Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Fabulous news for working people in Myanmar: The government has officially recognized the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and registered the federation as representing “all Myanmar.”

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