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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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Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Election Day on Tuesday will be a busy day, with so much information coming in, it'll be a challenge to sift through all the details and figure out what it all means for working families. Luckily, we've got that stuff covered for you. Join us on Twitter for three Tweet chats throughout the day that will help you understand what all the results mean and get plugged into Election Day activities. 

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Call Now So You Don’t Get Creeped Out on Election Night

When Creepy the Clown elicited only screams and door slams during his first precinct walk, he knew he had to find another way to move voters to get out the vote and support working family candidates on Election Day.

 

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Gebre Hits the Streets in Colorado to Get Out the Vote

Photo by Emmelle Israel

Loretta Muñoz, a Denver resident, knows that this midterm election is just too important to ignore. She said:

There are many issues that will be determined by this election. Like immigration reform. My husband is a naturalized citizen, and we are using our vote to tell politicians to support our community.

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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 families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Mike Michaud, Mark Schauer Among Hundreds of Union Member Candidates Running for Office

Photo courtesy Bernard Pollack

Hundreds of union members are running for elective office this year. Some are first-timers running for local office. Others are incumbents seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. We've examined a few of these brave individuals willing to fight for working families, such as Mike Michaud (running for Maine governor), Mark Schauer (running for Michigan governor) and  Don Norcross (running for New Jersey's 1st Congressional District). Here are a few other key races where union members are running.

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Nov. 4: It’s All About Women

Nov. 4: It’s All About Women

The other day I read a statistic that made me laugh a little. It said women’s issues are shaping up as the second-biggest issue among voters this year, behind only the economy.

Really? I don’t think so.

We are the economy.

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United We Dream's Christina Jimenez Wins 2014 Edna Award

Photo courtesy the Berger-Marks Foundation

The managing director of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez, won the 2014 Edna Award, which honors women ages 35 or younger who are leaders in the social justice movement. The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is named for Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild. Jimenez was an important leader in the fight that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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

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

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

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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. What can you do?

Sign up for a shift and start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!

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Postal Unions Set Day of Action to Protest Service Cuts, Mail Delays

Postal Unions Set Day of Action to Protest Service Cuts, Mail Delays

The nation’s four postal unions are mobilizing a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, to send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the United States Postal Service Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail.

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