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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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Tell T-Mobile: Stop Exporting America's Jobs

Tell T-Mobile: Stop Exporting America's Jobs

When Perla Balli heard the news that the T-Mobile call center where she worked in Brownsville, Texas, was about to close because T-Mobile was shipping 3,300 jobs from that location and from six other U.S. call centers overseas, she said:

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Union Plus Sponsors $20,000 Student Loan Contest

Union Plus Sponsors $20,000 Student Loan Contest

In its continuing mission to find new ways to serve union members and their families, Union Plus is sponsoring a contest to help three winners pay off a portion of their student loan debt. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 toward their student loan obligations, while there also will be two $5,000 prizes for runners-up.  The contest also will give way other prizes, including courses, consultations and books provided by the Princeton Review.

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Can Small Victories Lead to Large Victories? Winners and Losers of the Week

Can Small Victories Lead to Large Victories? 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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APWU Rally to Tell USPS, Staples: ‘The U.S. Mail Still Not for Sale'

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The U.S. Postal Service’s attempt to divert attention from its privatization scheme by changing the program’s name isn’t stopping the union movement’s mobilization against the plan or the boycott of Staples. Tomorrow, thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and allies will rally outside a Chicago Staples store. 

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Trumka: Working Families Stand with President Obama Against Workplace Discrimination

Photo courtesy Adam Fagen on Flickr

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity.  

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: T-Mobile CEO John Legere

In our regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, it's not only elected officials who get in the way of a fair economy.

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

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

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

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Your Inspiration for Today: 11-Year-Old Asean Johnson

You may have seen a video of him before, but if 11-year-old Asean Johnson can stand up to Rahm Emanuel and school "reformers" like he does in this video from the AFT convention, you can stand up and fight the important battles in your community.

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166 years After Seneca Falls, Working Women Live the Legacy of Collective Action

166 years After Seneca Falls, Working Women Live the Legacy of Collective Action

This weekend marks the 166th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention—the first women’s rights conference in the United States. Those women came together and launched a movement centered on equality and justice that, through struggle and collective action over the decades, achieved remarkable success.

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Ruffalo and a Cast of 1,000 Look to Smash Back Against Republican Attacks on Poor in Detroit

Photo courtesy of National Nurses United

Actor Mark Ruffalo, most famous for playing the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Comics movie "The Avengers," led a crowd of 1,000 through the streets of Detroit in protest of Republican policies that have led to water being shut off for thousands of the city's residents. National Nurses United (NNU) organized the rally. The United Nations and others have called the city's actions a violation of human rights, and demands that the water be turned back on have come from across the political landscape. Hundreds of different organizations and their members showed up at the march, which began outside Detroit's Cobo Center, where the annual Netroots Nation convention is being held. Protesters marched passed the city's Water and Sewerage offices before ending at Hart Plaza.

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