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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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Made in America Week: Beer and Wine

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It's Made in America week, and we'll be spotlighting a different product area every day so that working families can show their solidarity for their sisters and brothers. Today, we take a look at beer and wine.

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How Much Is College Going to Cost This Year?

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It’s that time of year. Families are preparing to send students off to college for the 2016-2017 school year, shopping for union-made school supplies and doing the really fun things, like filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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My Family Was Undocumented

My Family Was Undocumented

We’d been holding our breath all of June, waiting for yet another Supreme Court decision that could change the lives of millions of Californians. Heartbroken and disappointed, but not surprised, this court denied our dream of opportunities for the millions of immigrant workers who are at risk every day. At risk of getting separated from their families, at risk of employer exploitation, at risk of returning to a country they hardly remember, at risk of losing their children.

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Trump Would Create the Largest Deficit in U.S. History: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Join the Conversation Tuesday: Trading Up from the TPP

On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO will host a conference examining all aspects of U.S. trade policy. It’s called “Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance and Security in U.S. Trade Policy,” and it features leading thinkers on trade policy from across the political spectrum.

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Made in America: Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Union Made

Made in America: Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Union Made

It's Made in America week and we'll be spotlighting a different product area every day so that working families can show their solidarity for their sisters and brothers. First up, we know many of you will be planning barbecues for the Fourth of July.

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Strikes, Mexico and the VA: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

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CSEA Retiree Finds Second Calling in Local Politics

CSEA Retiree Finds Second Calling in Local Politics

Being an active union member is a great way to transform your workplace. But you also might be transformed by the process. We are always working to develop leadership potential in our fellow AFSCME members and support them as they pursue their goals.

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What Working Families Need to Know About the Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

What Working Families Need to Know About the Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the United States v. Texas case was a setback for working families. The court could have cleared the way for millions of hardworking immigrants to finally gain a measure of increased dignity on the job and security in their lives. Instead, hardworking members of our communities, our families and our unions will continue to live in limbo and in fear.

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In the Wake of Deadly Clashes, AFL-CIO Stands with Mexican Teachers Union

At least eight protesters were killed and 53 injured earlier this week in clashes with police in Oaxaca, Mexico, during demonstrations against neoliberal education reforms. The teachers union in Oaxaca has been leading protests this summer against the federal government’s move to impose a national education plan that blankets over indigenous concerns in Oaxaca and imposes teacher evaluations that disadvantage schools in the poor region, as well as attacks against the union, including the controversial arrests of union leaders, mass firings of protesting teachers and the freezing of union bank accounts.

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