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Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

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Make Your Barbecue Union-Made: The Working People Weekly List

Make Your Barbecue Union-Made: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

Not that long ago, it seemed unrealistic to think that labor walks could be completed 100% electronically. But on Saturday, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) achieved that goal when the Mercer County Central Labor Council completed a walk without a single paper packet being distributed!

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ITC Decision to Proceed with Steel Trade Case to Sanction Chinese Unfair and Illegal Practices Could Provide Significant Relief

ITC Decision to Proceed with Steel Trade Case to Sanction Chinese Unfair and Illegal Practices Could Provide Significant Relief

United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today after the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to initiate action on the complaint filed by U.S. Steel Corp. under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The petition was filed at the ITC on April 26, seeking relief from China’s unfair and illegal practices in the steel sector.

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AFL-CIO Challenges Navient Corporation to Disclose Its Lobbying Spending

Photo courtesy Salfalko on Flickr

The AFL-CIO demanded today that student loan debt servicer Navient disclose its corporate spending on lobbying activity. The labor federation delivered a proposal during Navient’s annual shareholder meeting calling on the company to disclose all of its lobbying efforts and expenditures. 

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Unions Win Safer Jobs for Working People

Unions Win Safer Jobs for Working People

For centuries, unions have been at the forefront of fighting for and winning safer protections for working people. Horrific workplace tragedies such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and the Hawks Nest Tunnel disasters are reminders of the need for unions.

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10 Facts on the Minimum Wage

10 Facts on the Minimum Wage

On the anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25, it's timely to go over some basic facts on the minimum wage. 

Here are 10 important figures to remember when we talk about the minimum wage (after the jump). 

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Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.

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AFL-CIO Stands with Brazilian Workers and Democracy

Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Over the last few months, right-wing forces in Brazil have seized the opening created by a failing economy and corruption investigations involving all political parties to suspend a democratically elected president. The politicians leading the effort to remove the president are implicated in multimillion-dollar scandals. Ironically, there are no corruption or other criminal charges against the president, Dilma Rousseff.

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Looks Like Overtime: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Mule Trader Trump

Mule Trader Trump

You’re at the bargaining table.

 The lead management negotiator slides over a piece of paper. “You're going to love what I'm proposing," the guy says.

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