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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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Why Shouldn't Education Be Free?

Students hang banner below the historic clock tower of the Cooper Union Foundation building in New York City during a 2012 December occupation in protest of the possibility of implementing tuition in the historically free school.

Why shouldn’t higher education be free for everyone?

Higher education is not a commodity. It is a social good. It’s increasingly necessary to get a good, middle-class job. A more highly educated workforce can be more adaptable and make the country more competitive. So why shouldn’t it be free for everyone?

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How TPP Could Make Our Economy Worse

How TPP Could Make Our Economy Worse

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a so-called “trade deal” that could cost 448,000 U.S. jobssuppress U.S. wages, and irreparably weaken our democracy and sovereignty.

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Why the Super Bowl Scores Big for America’s Middle Class

Photo courtesy Christopher Chan on Flickr

Americans may like to keep politics and sports separate, but over the past year reality has repeatedly intruded on the country’s most popular pastime.

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The Working People Weekly List

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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How the Colombian Government Keeps Afro-Colombians Poor

Photo courtesy Ronald Dueñas on Flickr

The country's armed conflict has been used by the Colombian government for decades to systematically deny basic labor and human rights. This crisis disproportionately impacts the Afro-Colombian population. A recent trade union delegation to the nation documented how Afro-Colombians have been excluded from economic growth. Despite acknowledging the persistence of racial discrimination and the historic causes of the marginalization, poverty and vulnerability experienced by Afro-Colombians, the government has not taken effective action to address these systemic problems.

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The Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs in January, and Unemployment Remains Essentially Unchanged at 4.9%

The Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs in January, and Unemployment Remains Essentially Unchanged at 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January and unemployment was 4.9%, slightly less than December's 5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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The Latest Chapter in AFL-CIO's Discussion on Racial and Economic Justice Comes from Oakland

In February 2015, the AFL-CIO launched the Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice to broaden our frank and thoughtful discussion on racial inequality and its economic impact. The commission is facilitating conversations with local labor leaders around racial and economic disparities and institutional biases and to identify ways to become more inclusive as the new entrants to the labor force diversify. Here is part of the discussion from a recent forum in Oakland, California.

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Colombia Must Protect All Workers

Photo of Santos from a previous visit courtesy CAP on Flickr

The government of Colombia continues to allow employers to undermine workers' rights and fails to effectively inspect and prosecute alleged violations of labor laws. Violence against trade unionists often occurs without any effective government response.

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Trumka: TPP Is a New Low

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In a new op-ed for the Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains the key reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for working people, both in the United States and overseas. Trumka describes the deal by saying that "the TPP is a giveaway to big corporations, special interests and all those who want economic rules that benefit the wealthy few."

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5 Reasons that Rosy Predictions About the TPP Are Wrong

Image via Flush the TPP: http://www.flushthetpp.org/nafta-at-20-new-report-from-afl-cio/

One of the billionaires crusading to cut working people’s Social Security now has his sights set on making the Trans-Pacific Partnership look like a sweet deal. Hint: It’s not.

Pete Peterson’s think tank, Peterson Institute for International Economics, just released a study in January 2016 predicting great economic growth from the TPP.  But the PIIE methods are so detached from reality that the conclusions are wrong. Here are the reasons why. 

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