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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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FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined striking FairPoint Communications workers Wednesday on picket lines in Portland and Brewer, Maine. She called FairPoint’s demands for massive concessions “economic inequality in action. It’s a classic case of Wall Street and the richest 1% stomping on the rest of us.”

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined community leaders and immigrant voters in Denver on Wednesday to remind workers of the importance of voting in this year's elections. Gebre, the labor federation's first immigrant executive officer, visited Colorado as part of an action to encourage immigrant voters and workers to support working family candidates.

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What Drives You?

You’re the kind of person who votes, and this year, your voice at the polls is more crucial than ever.
 
What issue is driving YOU to the polls this year?
 
Text VOTE to 235246 for important election updates.

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1,000 Texas Workers Vote to Join IAM

A member of the Red River Army Depot workforce completes electronic work for the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). Army Material Command photo

Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

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AFGE Files Suit to Stop USDA’s ‘Filthy’ Poultry Inspection Rule

AFGE members protest USDA's poultry inspection rule. AFGEphoto

AFGE filed suit Monday to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) new poultry inspection rule that replaces 25% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees and speeds up the processing lines by 400%. AFGE President J. David Cox said:

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

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APALA Celebrates the Life of Pioneer Sumi Haru

Last week, we lost a trailblazer who helped paved the way for diversity in her industry and helped expand the role of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the labor movement.  Sumi Haru was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and a key member of SAG-AFTRA whose impact was felt well beyond the labor movement and the film industry she worked in.

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For the Third Year in a Row, Connecticut Candidate for Governor, Tom Foley, Paid No Taxes

Photo courtesy the Valley Independent Sentinel

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (R-Conn.) had an effective tax rate in 2013 of $0, the third year in a row the millionaire hasn't paid taxes.  In 2010, the investor spent $11 million of his own fortune in a failed attempt to defeat Dannel Malloy for governor of Connecticut, and Foley is trying again this year.  On Friday, he showed reporters summaries of his most recent tax returns, showing that after adjustments, his tax rate in 2013 was 0%, as it was in 2011 and 2012.

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Mark Schauer Will Fight for All Michiganders

Mark Schauer Will Fight for All Michiganders

In Michigan, voters have a clear choice in the governor’s race. Mark Schauer, who will fight for all Michiganders, not just the well-connected, or Rick Snyder, whose handouts to corporations and the super-rich have forced Michigan's working families to foot the bill.

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

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