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Richard Trumka Reacts to 2012 BLS Numbers on Union Membership

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The union membership rate was 11.3% in 2012, down from 11.8% in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which released updated figures today. This decrease in union membership highlights the painful fact that people are working harder but are making less and less. 

One area that saw a significant loss was in the public sector. There are nearly 400,000 fewer union members, from teachers in the classroom to police and firefighters that keep us safe. In manufacturing, the jobs that have returned so far are largely low-wage, nonunion jobs. 

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Wife of Officer Killed in the Line of Duty: 'Iowa Deserves Better'

Iowa Republicans passed a bill last week that, in the words of Democratic House Leader Mark Smith, "unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law." The law, which favors special interests (mostly out-of-state special interests) over working people, has stirred up strong opposition, including this message from Shannon Miller that was shared by the Iowa Federation of Labor.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.

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What’s Happening to Your Health Care: 3 Things to Know Right Now

There is definitely lots of talk about how President Donald Trump and Congress are planning to make major changes to Americans’ health benefits. That’s because Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have said that repealing the Affordable Care Act is one of their top priorities. Although it is not clear when they will act or exactly what they will do, here are three things to know right now.

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Collective Action of Working People Reject Andrew Puzder

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responded to the news of Andrew Puzder withdrawing as the labor secretary nominee:

     

The withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination is great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing. It’s a reminder of the collective power of working people and a clear message to President Trump that it’s time to change course completely, not double down.

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Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall

Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall

Feb. 18 begins the first recess of the 115th Congress. It will be the first opportunity of the Donald Trump administration for most Americans to speak directly with members of Congress who will be in their districts holding events, town halls and other public appearances. You can join the many Americans who are pledging to make their voices heard during what is being called the "Resistance Recess: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities and Our Democracy." You can check here to find an event close to you or plan your own event.

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