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Why We Can't 'Split the Difference': The Case for Citizenship

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The prospects for comprehensive immigration reform are the highest in years. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are currently negotiating a bill, and President Obama has stated that it is one of his top legislative priorities in 2013. Speculation abounds as to what may be included in a final package but, generally speaking, comprehensive reform of our immigration system would consist of four interconnected parts: border security, internal and worksite immigration enforcement, a system to manage future immigration to the United States and a road map to citizenship for the undocumented population currently living here. The union movement has a unified framework, which addresses these points.

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NLRB Says McDonald’s Retaliated Against Workers for Speaking Out

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McDonald’s and several of its franchisees have retaliated against workers who have taken part in the series of fast-food worker protests, according to complaints filed Friday by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel.

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A History of the Minimum Wage

As working families across the country fight to raise the minimum wage, it's important to keep in mind the history of the wage. This entertaining video, created by the people at Time magazine, gives a pretty good overview and makes it clear the minimum wage is worth a lot less now than it used to be.

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When 59 Children Died on Christmas Eve 1913, the World Cried with the Town of Calumet, Mich.

It was the night before Christmas in 1913 in Calumet, Mich., and disaster was about to hit for the 7,000 miners and their families who had been on strike against the C&H Copper Mining Co. since July.

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AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

Yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s own Thea Lee joined AARPDoctors Without BordersOxfam America and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in urging President Obama to fix proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade and economic governance deal currently under negotiation—that could leave us all paying more for life-saving prescription medicines.

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Powerful Members of Congress Oppose Special 'Corporate Court' Rights for European Firms

Yesterday, five members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (Reps. Bill Pascrell, Lloyd DoggettJohn LewisLinda Sánchez and Jim McDermott) stood up for working people by opposing the destructive “corporate courts” in the proposed trade and economic deal with Europe known as the “TTIP.”

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USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

The United Steelworkers (USW) extended a warm welcome to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers of Mexico (Los Mineros), as he visited Pittsburgh last week.

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7 Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Ky. (and Everywhere Else)

7 Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Ky. (and Everywhere Else)

In Warren County, Ky., a fiscal court has given preliminary approval to a local "right to work" for less ordinance. The measure is worded as to prevent any worker covered by the National Labor Relations Act from being required to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. Since it is already illegal in the United States to require workers to join unions, the real focus of the measure is to weaken workers in negotiations with employers for decent wages and benefits. Instead of passing illegal ordinances that are a big waste of time and resources for the county, those efforts should be spent in other ways like focusing on raising wages for Warren County residents. 

If you're in Kentucky, call the fiscal court today and tell them you oppose the right to work ordinance: 1-855-721-3304

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What Is Kentucky's Bluegrass Institute?

Something stinks in Kentucky politics.  A "think" tank, supposedly with the interest of Kentuckians at heart, but funded by extreme out-of-state interests, is pushing policies that will hurt the state's working families.  Take a look at the Bluegrass Institute.

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Despite Projections, Little Improvement in Retirement Security Picture Since 2010

Despite Projections, Little Improvement in Retirement Security Picture Since 2010

Every three years, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College issues the National Retirement Risk Index, taking a look at the percentage of America's households that are at risk of seeing a decline in quality of life after retirement. In the recently released report for 2013, 52% of households were at risk, a marginal improvement from the 2010 rate of 53%. The result is surprising, considering the rise in the stock market over those three years and the beginning of a rebound in housing prices, two factors that are key in influencing the overall retirement security picture.

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10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

A new report, Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers, details 10 proposals that would help New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieve his goal to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050. In addition to achieving the desired emission reductions, if the city follows these proposals, it would not only make the city more resilient, but it also would create 40,000 jobs a year. The report was produced by the Alliance for a Greater New York, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York City Central Labor Council, Blue Green Alliance and the AFL-CIO.

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