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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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Make It a Union-Made Mother’s Day

Photo courtesy Labor 411

Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 8), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.

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Hey, T-Mobile, The Word Voice Doesn't Mean What You Seem to Think It Does: Winners and Losers of the Week

Pic of T-Mobile CEO John Legere via Wikimedia Commons

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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The Working People Weekly List

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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We Are One New Jersey and Union County Celebrate Newly Confirmed U.S. Citizens

We Are One New Jersey and Union County Celebrate Newly Confirmed U.S. Citizens

The road to U.S. citizenship is rarely easy. For those who complete the journey, the sense of reward and accomplishment is unparalleled. On April 27, a ceremony was held in honor of more than 100 new American citizens who were joined by their friends and family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, at an event sponsored by Union County and We Are One New Jersey.

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Taking the Student Debt Challenge

Taking the Student Debt Challenge

Repaying your student loans can be a serious challenge. In fact, around 20% of federal direct student loan borrowers in repayment are at risk of defaulting or are already in default. There are lots of options out there to make repaying easier, but they can be confusing and hard to find. Not to mention the student debt help scams out there.

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Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day we come together to remember working people who died and suffered on the job because of hazardous working conditions. In 2014, 4,821 people died on the job, millions more suffered serious injuries from their work, and thousands more working people become ill from deadly occupational diseases. These deaths are preventable.

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Shame on Verizon: Winners and Losers of the Week

Powerful photograph taken by Michael DiGiglio, member of CWA Local 1123.

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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The Working People Weekly List

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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Prince Was a Champion for Working People

Prince Was a Champion for Working People

The world lost a musical icon yesterday. You'll read about his impact as a musician and an entertainer elsewhere, but let's take a second to look at Prince's career-spanning fights on behalf of working people.

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A Report from the Lazard Shareholder Meeting in Bermuda

A Report from the Lazard Shareholder Meeting in Bermuda

The Wall Street investment bank Lazard held its annual shareholder meeting this week at Bermuda’s luxurious Elbow Beach Hotel. Bermuda is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and, less flatteringly, as an offshore tax haven. Headquartered in New York City, Lazard is incorporated in Bermuda.

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