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On 4th Anniversary of Fair Pay Act, Ledbetter Urges Action on Paycheck Fairness

Photo from Lillyledbetter.com

Four years ago today President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, with Lilly Ledbetter, who suffered 20 years of pay discrimination while doing the same work as men at her Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. factory, looking on.

Now, she is urging people to call on Congress to pass the recently reintroduced Paycheck Fairness Act, calling it “the next step.”

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223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment dipped to 5.3% from May's 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). April and May job creation numbers were revised down by 60,000.

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Take a Made-in-America Vacation

What could be more “Made in America” than a good old USA summer vacation that’s union made, too? Here are some tips from Union Plus.

 

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Race and the Labor Movement Town Hall Draws More Than 300 Attendees

AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department Program Coordinator Tiffany Dena Loftin

On Monday, the AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department and the NAACP DC Branch hosted the first Race and the Labor Movement Town Hall. In light of the recent racial injustices in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and most recently the brutal racially motivated killings in Charleston, S.C., the town hall provided a space for an open conversation on race and the role it plays in the lives of millions of workers across the country. 

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The U.S. Must Address Mexico’s Labor Abuses in the TPP

workers at railcar factory in northern Mexico protesting against a protection union that negotiates against their interests

The United States government has taken a bold and positive step by publicly calling out Mexico’s dismal record of labor rights violations in international forums.

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How to Find Union-Made Tires

How to Find Union-Made Tires

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it very easy to find union-made tires by requiring that each tire carry a code that shows the company and the location of the plant that manufactured the tire. DOT requires that each tire sold in the United States carry a code that looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX. The two letters or numbers that follow the DOT identify a particular factory as listed below.

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Have You Met Dawn? The Reason We Need New Overtime Rules

Let me introduce you to Dawn. Dawn’s employer, Dollar General, hasn’t paid her a living wage for the hours she has worked because an outdated rule about who is eligible for overtime pay said they didn’t have to. And Dawn’s not alone. An estimated 15 million workers should be getting overtime, but aren’t.

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Economics as Religion

General mass of Indignados in Athens Syntagma, Greece (30 June 2011).

Yesterday and today, the world watches, slacked jawed at the endgame of the Greek government’s debt negotiations. The stakes are higher than many Americans understand. So far, the U.S. financial press has viewed this as isolated to the Eurozone. That is in large part because, having endured the Great Recession, there is a view that things are only bad if they threaten the “too big to fail” American banks that can create systemic risks for the U.S. financial sector. But, that view of the world that only bank stability matters is what is so incredulous.

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Quench Your Thirst with a Union-Made-in-America Brew

Quench Your Thirst with a Union-Made-in-America Brew

Like the song says, “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets.” Then you can cool off with a made in America and union-brewed cold beer. There’s a wide range of union-made beers to please any palate, from the ubiquitous Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch to the hard to find Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Co. to organic brews from Butte Creek Brewing and the classic “Land of Sky Blue Waters” Hamm’s from Miller/Coors.

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New NLRB Election Rules Aid Alabama Workers in Joining the BCTGM

Pictured: After the final votes were counted is (from left, front row) Intl. Rep. David Woods, Randy Williams, George Key, Tony Sanders, L. 42 Pres./GEB member Letitia Malone, (from left, back row) Vanessa Corbitt, Allan Wright, Joseph Dickens and Phyllis Dickens.

The unwavering strength and courage of 80 workers at a peanut-shelling plant in Alabama prevailed in their fight for dignity and respect through Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union representation.

Workers were regularly subjected to harassment, favoritism, prejudice and unfair work rules from management at the Golden Peanut plant in Headland, Ala.

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N.J. AFL-CIO: Pension System Could Net $87M if N.J. Makes Payment in July

N.J. AFL-CIO: Pension System Could Net $87M if N.J. Makes Payment in July

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech expressed the federation’s support for a proposal by the state’s Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto calling on Gov. Chris Christie to make the state’s annual pension payment at the start of the fiscal year, rather than waiting until the end of the year.

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