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10 Reasons All Workers Benefit from Fixing the Immigration System

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The AFL-CIO and America’s union movement, along with a broad coalition of other groups, is mounting a new campaign to build a common-sense immigration process that includes a road map to citizenship and one that guarantees immigrant workers the same workplace rights and protections all workers deserve.

We know that immigration reform can be a controversial issue among our union members and all workers. But immigration reform with a path to citizenship and workplace rights doesn’t just benefit aspiring citizens and their families, it's good for all workers. Here are 10 reasons why. 

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

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

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

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The High Cost of Walmart's Low Wages in One Handy Graphic

We've all heard about the negative impact of Walmart's low wages, but this handy graphic from Sum of Us lays it out nicely. 

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The Top 10 Reasons Why Some Folks Claim We Don't Need Unions Anymore. Bless Their Hearts

The Top 10 Reasons Why Some Folks Claim We Don't Need Unions Anymore. Bless Their Hearts

Hat tip to cartoonist Barry Deutsch and the Workonomics team at Upworthy for lifting up this gem of a comic. 

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Survey: Incoming College Football Players Support Unionization

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In an ESPN survey of the top incoming college football recruits for the 2015 season, well over half of the respondents (60%) favored the right of college athletes to form unions to address their concerns as student-athletes. More than 85% said athletes should receive stipends from the schools they play for. ESPN sent the survey to the top 300 recruits for 2015 and more than 150 responded.

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Border Crisis Spurs AFL-CIO, Honduran Labor Movement to Call for Renewed Attention to Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

Border Crisis Spurs AFL-CIO, Honduran Labor Movement to Call for Renewed Attention to Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

As thousands of unaccompanied minors have arrived at the United States’ southern border in recent weeks, right-wing politicians and activists have used the refugee situation to push their anti-immigrant agendas, roll back protections for potential trafficking victims and stoke xenophobia among the general public by focusing on gang violence and disease.

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Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

This week working families are urging President Obama to take executive action to stop the crisis that is tearing apart immigrant families. 

Sign a petition calling on Obama to provide broad administrative relief for our families.

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

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

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

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The Voice of Thomas the Tank Engine Quits Over 'Survival' Wages

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The song "Rules and Regulations" from the popular children's television show "Thomas the Tank Engine" contains these lines:

Although sometimes you'll find it so hard
And the wrong way may seem easier
It doesn't matter who you are
Obey the rules and you'll go far

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Bloomsbury, N.J., Subway Workers Vote to Join Union

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Notoriously anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) can't be happy about this story. Haslam's family owns Pilot Flying J, a chain of travel centers, and workers at a Subway sandwich shop in Bloomsbury, N.J., just voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Earlier this year, Haslam was one of the key players in the effort to defeat a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The company run by his brother, Jimmy, hasn't been as successful in denying workers their rights, as other workers at the Bloomsbury Pilot Flying J location voted to join RWDSU earlier this year.

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AFGE Applauds Move to Reduce Federal Prison Overcrowding

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AFGE issued a release today in support of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's (USSC's) unanimous vote on Friday to allow federal prisoners serving time for low-level drug offenses to apply for early release. Overcrowding in federal prisons has become a significant problem in recent decades. AFGE notes that federal prison incarceration levels have risen 50% since 2000, and nearly 900% since 1980, much of it relating to drug sentences. The federal prison system is overcrowded by an average of 43%, with some prisons being much higher, and this increases dangers for both correctional officers working in the prisons and inmates.

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