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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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Working People Unite: ‘I'm with Chuck’

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In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

Chuck Jones is a man of passion, conviction and integrity who would do anything for his union brothers and sisters. USW President Leo W. Gerard is exactly right—Chuck is a hero. An attack on him is an attack on all working people.

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Native American Heritage Month: Will You Help?

Native American Heritage Month: Will You Help?

Audre Lorde famously concluded that “there is no hierarchy of oppression.” Yet, disenfranchised groups and social justice movements often compete against each other over who is more oppressed. They compete for resources, media attention or simply for a seat at the table. This competition often does more harm to these communities than good and only draws away from the important issues of representation.

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D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

The Council of the District of Columbia not only moved the Universal Paid Leave bill forward on Dec. 6, but restored medical leave to the program. The proposal now includes eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave and two weeks of medical leave, making it one of the nation’s most generous packages of family and medical leave benefits.

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On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

Dec. 5 marks the anniversary of the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955. As we look toward the future, we remember that we can learn a great deal about ourselves as a movement of working people coming together from the past. 

Thanks to the University of Maryland, we can easily access George Meany's speech at the first joint AFL-CIO Convention in New York City. 

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Stay in a Fair Hotel This Holiday Season and Support Working Families

Stay in a Fair Hotel This Holiday Season and Support Working Families

The holiday season is one of the most travel-intense parts of the year, and many people will be visiting and sharing valuable time with loved ones. Your ability to travel and participate in these holiday traditions is, in many ways, a product of the hard work of people who have their own families and holiday traditions to try to enjoy. With our decisions each year, we can go a long way toward not only helping ourselves, but helping those around us, too. One key way to do this is to make sure that when you spend your money, it goes to responsible companies that do the right thing on behalf of their workers.

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