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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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Leading by Example: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Keith Allison on Flickr

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

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

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

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

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

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The High Cost of Walmart's Low Wages in One Handy Graphic

We've all heard about the negative impact of Walmart's low wages, but this handy graphic from Sum of Us lays it out nicely. 

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The Top 10 Reasons Why Some Folks Claim We Don't Need Unions Anymore. Bless Their Hearts

The Top 10 Reasons Why Some Folks Claim We Don't Need Unions Anymore. Bless Their Hearts

Hat tip to cartoonist Barry Deutsch and the Workonomics team at Upworthy for lifting up this gem of a comic. 

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Survey: Incoming College Football Players Support Unionization

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In an ESPN survey of the top incoming college football recruits for the 2015 season, well over half of the respondents (60%) favored the right of college athletes to form unions to address their concerns as student-athletes. More than 85% said athletes should receive stipends from the schools they play for. ESPN sent the survey to the top 300 recruits for 2015 and more than 150 responded.

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Border Crisis Spurs AFL-CIO, Honduran Labor Movement to Call for Renewed Attention to Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

Border Crisis Spurs AFL-CIO, Honduran Labor Movement to Call for Renewed Attention to Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

As thousands of unaccompanied minors have arrived at the United States’ southern border in recent weeks, right-wing politicians and activists have used the refugee situation to push their anti-immigrant agendas, roll back protections for potential trafficking victims and stoke xenophobia among the general public by focusing on gang violence and disease.

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Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

Tell President Obama It’s Time to Provide Administrative Relief for Immigrant Workers and Families

This week working families are urging President Obama to take executive action to stop the crisis that is tearing apart immigrant families. 

Sign a petition calling on Obama to provide broad administrative relief for our families.

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

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

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

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