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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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Get Ready for DC Labor and Film Fests

Get Ready for DC Labor and Film Fests

The second annual DC LaborFest begins May and runs the entire month and includes the 15th annual DC Labor FilmFest, as well as labor arts, including music, theater, poetry, books, art and history. The DC LaborFest features one of the most well-established film festivals in the world dedicated to showcasing labor art and screening films featuring workers and workers’ issues.

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On Anniversary of the Disaster, Workers Demand Justice for Rana Plaza

Photo courtesy NYU Stern BHR on Flickr

On April 24, workers around the world are taking action to demand justice for Bangladeshi garment workers on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

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Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

This week marks the five-year anniversary of Arizona's notorious S.B. 1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents, or "attrition through enforcement," in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they "suspect may be undocumented."

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Second Labor-Supported Immigrant Advocacy Center Opens in N.J.

Second Labor-Supported Immigrant Advocacy Center Opens in N.J.

The state’s second labor-supported immigrant advocacy center opened Tuesday, April 21, at the Jersey Gardens Mall, as the result of a unique partnership between Union County and We Are One New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more than 400,000 legal immigrants living and working in New Jersey become U.S. citizens.

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11 Things You Need to Know About Safety for Workers Memorial Day

11 Things You Need to Know About Safety for Workers Memorial Day

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year, the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and pay fair wages and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.

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Trumka Details Labor’s Fight Against Fast Track and Bad Trade Deals

 In an extensive interview with Vox.com, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka outlines the labor movement’s fight against Fast Track, the flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, the trade relationship between the United States and China and the shortcomings and negative impact on the middle class of the nation’s trade policy.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Funding authority for the nation’s highway and transit programs (known as MAP 21) expires at the end of May and Congress needs to pass a long-term, fully funded extension, AFL-CIO Government Affairs representative Tom Trotter recently told a Capitol Hill rally.

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Worker Wins Update: April Showers Bring Big Wins for Workers

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Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Trumka: Time to Abolish ‘Undemocratic’ Fast Track Process

In a hearing on U.S. trade policy Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Senate Finance Committee, “We don’t believe we can build strong and sustainable economic growth on a foundation of stagnant wages and disempowered workers.”

And a key component of a raising wages economy is a new approach to trade and globalization—one that puts good jobs, safe products and a clean environment at the center of global economic integration—not enhanced corporate power and profits.

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