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Path to Citizenship Vital to Immigration Reform, San Antonio Mayor Tells House Panel

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Putting the nation’s 11 million aspiring citizens on a path to citizenship is not—as many Republican House lawmakers have characterized—the “extreme” option for immigration reform, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro told a House Judiciary Committee hearing today.

Putting them on a path to citizenship, that’s the best option.

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300,000 More People Just Got Paid Sick Days

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Yesterday, the United States became a little bit better place to be a sick worker, as two more cities joined the growing wave of localities that have passed paid sick days laws. The city councils in San Diego and Eugene, Ore., each voted to require employers to make sure that workers don't have to choose between working sick and losing pay. Nine cities and the state of Connecticut now have paid sick leave laws.

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AFGE: Veterans' Health Care Bill 'Critical First Step' in Addressing VA Failures

Spurred by the recent revelations about long waiting lists, denied critical health care for military veterans, management cover-ups and other serious problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and health care facilities, Senate and House leaders have agreed on veterans' health care funding and reform package.

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We Love How this ‘Frozen’ Star Sang About the Minimum Wage. But There Are 3 Problems with It

We Love How this ‘Frozen’ Star Sang About the Minimum Wage. But There Are 3 Problems with It

Kristen Bell, the voice of Princess Anna in the blockbuster Disney hit “Frozen” and dozens of other films, put on a different costume this week to talk about something you wouldn’t expect.

Fans of the humor website Funny or Die were surprised to find a new video of Bell portraying Mary Poppins, the famous fictional British governess. In the video, she is telling her two young wards that she has to quit. Why? She makes minimum wage, and it’s not enough to live on.

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

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

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Let's Call 'Corporate Inversion' for What It Is: A Gaping, Unpatriotic Tax Loophole

In 2004, Congress enacted a law to prevent "corporate inversions" in which corporations reincorporate in a foreign country to avoid paying U.S. taxes, but a gaping loophole allows corporations to get around this law by merging with a foreign company.

Simply put, it allows corporations to avoid paying taxes when they "renounce their U.S. citizenship" and change their corporate address to a foreign country.

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We Need to Fight for Equality

We Need to Fight for Equality

Last week, I had the great honor to receive the Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame” Award from the Labor Committee of the NAACP’s Board of Directors.  Both the new president, Cornell Brooks, and Lorraine Miller, who served as interim president before him, were present. I felt humbled by the honor.

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Good News for All Americans in Social Security, Medicare Reports

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The annual reports from the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released today “have good news for all Americans,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Social Security and Medicare will be there for us and our families if elected leaders listen to the American people and reject calls to cut benefits. Instead of undermining these crucial programs, we must build on their success and adopt measures to strengthen and expand them.

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Leading by Example: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Drug Manufacturers Mylan and AbbVie

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In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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