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New Immigration Rule Aims to Keep Families Together

Photo courtesy of the We Belong Together campaign on Flickr.

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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Coalition Urges Police Changes Following Ferguson Shooting

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined a diverse group of organizations and leaders from all walks of life in signing on to a letter to President Barack Obama calling for real solutions after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. 

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How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said

Yesterday, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and thepeople you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s a small sample of what you’ve said so far.

Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246.

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10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration that Protects Workers' Rights Now

10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration that Protects Workers' Rights Now

Emilio Garcia began working for U.S. Fibers in South Carolina in April 2010 as a maintenance worker. He worked 12-hour shifts with only a 30-minute lunch break because his wife and children depend on him. Garcia said that from the very beginning he and other workers were humiliated by management. Conditions were so bad that he and other workers decided to organize themselves with the assistance of the United Steelworkers (USW). But management wasn't happy with Garcia's organizing efforts, and they slowly began cutting his hours before firing him in July of this year. Garcia told his story to an audience today at a panel discussion hosted by the AFL-CIO. 

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

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

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

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How Much Do You Know About the Minimum Wage, Really?

How Much Do You Know About the Minimum Wage, Really?

This Labor Day, test your minimum wage knowledge, courtesy of Union Plus (check out the quiz after the jump). 

How would raising the federal minimum wage affect you or someone you know? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246 and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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10 Ways Mitch McConnell’s Obstructionism Has (and Will) Hurt Kentuckians

This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that if Republicans took control of the Senate in the November elections and he became majority leader, he would increase the use of tactics that could lead to future government shutdowns. He said he would favor spending bills with extensive riders on them that would likely be opposed by the president.  McConnell indicated that he would be perfectly okay with a government shutdown in those circumstances.

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Is Blue Plate Trying to Be Special? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo of Longfellow Grill (a Blue Plate restaurant), courtesy Longfellow Grill on Flickr

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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Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by.

How would you or someone you know be affected if we raised the federal minimum wage? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246, and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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6 Reasons Why Rick Scott Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore 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.  Our first member of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections is Florida Governor Rick Scott.  Here are six reasons why Scott has been a bad governor for working people.

Make sure you're ready to vote this election season and text VOTE to 235246 for important reminders and updates. 

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Nominate Labor Films for the National Film Registry

Nominate Labor Films for the National Film Registry

The National Film Registry is a list of movies made by U.S. filmmakers that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” and they are preserved by the Library of Congress. Up to 25 selections are added to the registry each year after the public nominates hundreds of titles. Chris Garlock of the DC Labor FilmFest and Jon Garlock of the Rochester (N.Y.) Labor Film series suggest nominating outstanding labor films for the registry.

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