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Latinos and Nurses Helped California Union Membership Grow in 2012

While most states saw a decline in union membership in 2012, California bucked the trend as 100,000 new workers joined collective bargaining units. Pushing the growth were Latino workers and nurses, the Los Angeles Times reported today. Overall, 11.3% of America's workers are current union members, which is a smaller percentage from 2011, but in California, the number is closer to 18% and is growing. Other southwestern states, such as Nevada and Texas, are also seeing growth in union membership.

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Alaska AFL-CIO Takes on Fast Track

In the latest Workers Watch video from the Alaska AFL-CIO, President Vince Beltrami and other representatives of the state's working families discuss the recently introduced Fast Track trade legislation and show us why the law is a bad idea.

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Reich: The Minimum Wage Should Be $15

Economist Robert Reich concisely and clearly explains seven reasons why the minimum wage should be $15 per hour. The video undermines not only general opposition to raising the minimum wage, but also the arguments against making the minimum wage a living wage.

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Hyundai Supplier Hit with Federal Restraining Order over Firing, Harassing Safety Whistle-Blowers

A federal judge in Alabama issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against auto parts manufacturer Lear Corp.—a major supplier to Hyundai—that the U.S. Department of Labor charges fired one worker and sued her and harassed others for speaking out about safety concerns at the Selma, Ala., plant. 

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Fast Track Bill Introduced—Join the Drive to Stop Fast Track

Legislation granting Fast Track trade authority to President Barack Obama was introduced in the Senate today. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Join Saturday’s National Day to Stop Fast Track

Working families across the country will be out in the streets on Saturday, April 18, to tell their members of Congress to oppose Fast Track legislation that is expected to be introduced as soon as today. Saturday’s action follows a big Capitol Hilly rally Wednesday where a coalition of union, environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and good governance organizations urged a “No” vote on Fast Track.

 

Our Congressmen returning to DC…..met at the airport. Original version. from gregg grinnell on Vimeo.

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Think Progress, the Institute for Policy Studies and Robert Reich have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Working Families Rally During Week of Action Against Fast Track

Working Families Rally During Week of Action Against Fast Track

Working families and a coalition of environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and good governance organizations rallied outside Congress today in opposition to Fast Track trade authority.  The legislation, which is expected to be introduced in Congress this week, would make it easier to ram through complicated trade deals without significant oversight from members of Congress or the public.  The rally, which drew more than 1,000 participants in Washington, D.C., is part of a larger week of action led by the AFL-CIO that will culminate in events across the country this weekend.  

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Walmart, Fast-Food Workers Lead Nationwide Fight for $15 Strike

Walmart, Fast-Food Workers Lead Nationwide Fight for $15 Strike

Today, tens of thousands of Walmart workers, fast-food, retail and other low-wage workers are engaged in a massive, nationwide strike in their fight for $15 an hour, consistent full-time hours and the right to join a union.

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5 Lies About the Estate Tax and the Truth Behind the Lies

On Tax Day this year, April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to introduce legislation that would repeal the estate tax, a policy designed to limit the concentration of wealth in the United States, generate revenue for the federal government by having those most able to pay and encourage charitable giving. The legislation comes as congressional Republican budget plans propose to slash trillions of dollars in money that benefits working families and gives away massive sums to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  

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Bill Would Make 9/11 Survivors' Health Care Program Permanent

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, along with Sept. 11 first responders and union leaders, today announced the introduction of legislation to make permanent the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The act makes critical health care available to first responders and workers suffering illnesses from the toxic stew at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center’s twin towers collapsed.

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