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Trumka: Perez a Strong Pick for Labor Secretary

Thomas Perez. Photo courtesy of mainjustice.com

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka reacted today to the news President Obama will nominate Thomas Perez as the new secretary of labor:

Working men and women will be well served by President Obama’s choice of Tom Perez to lead the Department of Labor.

Throughout his career, Perez has fought to level the playing field and create opportunities for working people, whether in the workplace, the marketplace or the voting booth. He has worked to eliminate discrimination in housing, provide access to education and health care, end hate crimes, crack down on employers who cheat workers out of wages and expand our democracy by protecting the fundamental right of every American to vote. In the 1990’s, he worked on the front lines of the effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform under the leadership of the great Senator Ted Kennedy—a job that will serve him well in today’s drive for commonsense immigration reform.

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Yeah, We're Subsidizing CEO Pay, Too

Yeah, We're Subsidizing CEO Pay, Too

Many of the same major restaurant chains that are fighting against raising wages and improving benefits and work conditions for their employees are exploiting tax loopholes to have government heavily subsidize excessive CEO compensation, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers' Double Burden

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Is There a Filthy Chicken in Your Future?

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In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a new poultry inspection rule that not only would replace 40% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees, but would speed up the processing lines by 25%.    

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Day of Action Aims to Stop USPS–Staples Mail Privatization Scheme

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Postal Workers (APWU) members and community allies are rallying today at 50 Staples stores in 27 states as part of a National Day of Action to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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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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1 Year After Rana Plaza, Survivors, Families Struggle to Survive

Families of those killed at Rana Plaza gathered yesterday at the site of the collapse. None of the families pictured have received compensation. Photo: Solidarity Center

One year ago today, as the walls of the multistory Rana Plaza building collapsed around her, Moriom Begum was trapped, injured and unable to move in the dark, surrounded by the lifeless bodies of her co-workers.

To donate to the workers directly, contribute to the Bangladesh Worker Rights Defense Fund

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SPEEA Wins Boeing Case, Workers to Split $47 Million

Nearly 500 current and former Boeing Co. employees who worked at two Southern California plants will share in a $47 million award after an arbitrator agreed with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 that the company wrongfully denied the workers union representation in 2001.

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Join Teachers in Washington, D.C., this Saturday to Help Children Get Their 'First Book'

Join Teachers in Washington, D.C., this Saturday to Help Children Get Their 'First Book'

Anyone in the Washington, D.C., area interested in helping children learn to love reading? If so, come down to the AFL-CIO headquarters this Saturday and volunteer for the Books on Wheels event, sponsored by First Book. The AFL-CIO and the AFT will be teaming up with First Book on Saturday, April 26, between 6 a.m. and noon, to collect, sort and distribute books to area children.

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Northwestern Players on the Verge of History

Northwestern Players on the Verge of History

Football players at Northwestern University will make history this Friday that has nothing to do with yards gained, tackles made or touchdowns scored. They will be the first group of collegiate athletes—athletes who are the key to the $6 billion-a-year big-time college sports industry—to vote on joining a union.

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Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

This week is a big one for workers fighting for a voice and fair treatment on the job. Northwestern football players are voting on union representation on Friday and Sherpas who work as guides for Mount Everest thrill seekers are on strike for safer conditions and fair pay. 

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Ohio Working Families Kick Off 2014 Election Mobilization

Today the Ohio AFL-CIO unveiled a new video to launch its 2014 campaign to mobilize and educate working family voters for the fall elections. The video highlights the battle over Gov. John Kasich’s (R) efforts to end collective bargaining rights for the state’s public employees through 2011 legislation known as S.B. 5. It offers viewers a review of the S.B. 5 protests and the successful campaign to repeal it by an overwhelming 61% to 39% vote in November 2011.

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