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

Photo by Antonio Villaraigosa/Flickr Creative Commons

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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Democracy in Action

Karen Koch with Sister Simone

This weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing the best and the worst parts of democracy in action. My home state of Michigan is a “battleground” with competitive governor and Senate races. We, the voters, have been attracting a lot of attention. Most of it comes from a good place. Some of it…not so much. Let’s start with the good.

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New ‘Yelp’ for Guest Workers in U.S. Challenges the Employer Power Dynamic

New ‘Yelp’ for Guest Workers in U.S. Challenges the Employer Power Dynamic

A new initiative called Contratados, which refers to being contracted under a temporary work program, aims to give workers more power in the recruitment process and makes sure employers and recruiters are held accountable for their actions. Spearheaded by Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), a trans-national migrant worker center with offices in Mexico and the United States, Contratados features an interactive website, a hotline, pocket-sized know-your-rights comics, audio novelas and a transnational radio campaign designed to provide workers with resources to more securely navigate the recruitment and employment process.

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

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

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

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From Alaska to Ohio, We Must Get Out the Votes

Nov. 4 is creeping up fast, and working people are knocking on doors, making phone calls and making sure their friends and neighbors are registered to vote so we're electing the kind of candidates who speak for us, not CEOs and corporations. 

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Describe the Koch Brothers in One Word

Our favorite "sisters," the Koch Sisters, are sharing their thoughts on the Koch brothers in just one word. 

What's one word you would use to describe the Koch brothers? Log in and share it in the comments below (keep it clean, folks!).

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday Roundup

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

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Denying ALEC: Winners and Losers of the Week

Denying ALEC: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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This Is an Emergency

Ohio AFL-CIO NextUp members show us their collective student loan debt.

Senate Republicans this month blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June.

Don't they realize "student loan debt is an emergency?" writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler in her recent MomsRising column

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Yet Another Reason Mitch McConnell Is Bad for Working Families: Right to Work

We previously told you about 11 reasons why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is bad for working families. Seems we left out a pretty big one—right to work. Along with his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, McConnell introduced an amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have established a national "right to work" law.

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The Labor Movement Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

LACLAA 10th Anniversary meeting, 1994

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) honors the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement is tweeting daily on milestones for Hispanic workers and Latino labor leaders. You also can find out more on its Facebook page.

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