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NFL Players Association: A Sustained Drive for Players' Rights

More than 100 million people in the United States, and millions more worldwide, will watch today’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.  While we will be gathered in living rooms and bars surrounded by our favorite game food and beverages, the Seahawks and Patriots players will be on the job in a workplace covered by a strong collective bargaining agreement that guarantees workers’ rights, protections and benefits. But as this new video from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) shows, it didn’t come easy.

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New Jersey Union Sportsmen Build Bird Condos

Donald Mullins, a member of Insulators Local 14, displays a newly built pheasant transport box.

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state.

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TPP Job Claims Earn 4 Pinocchios!

TPP Job Claims Earn 4 Pinocchios!

U.S. workers should beware of promises that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create jobs. When evaluating the recent Obama administration claim that the TPP will create 650,000 jobs, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave it the lowest possible rating of Four Pinocchios—aka “Whopper.” Fact Checker editor Glenn Kessler wrote (after the jump):

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Conservatives? Conserving What? How About Higher Education?

Photo coutesy of Straighterline.com

This year, America is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. The “Siege of Petersburg (Va.),” which began in the summer of June 1864, intensified so that by March 25, 1865, the U.S. Army under General Ulysses S. Grant blocked all supplies to Petersburg and forced Confederate General Robert E. Lee to abandon the defense of Petersburg and Richmond and flee southwest along the Appomattox River.

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McCain Fails to Move Jones Act Repeal

This Jones Act tanker was built by U.S. workers at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego and launched in 2004. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

A move by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to scuttle the nation’s key maritime law—the Jones Act—which put in jeopardy 400,000 shipbuilding, seafaring and supply chain jobs in the maritime industry, has failed.

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Tell the Montgomery County Council to Pass a Passenger and Driver Bill of Rights

Tell the Montgomery County Council to Pass a Passenger and Driver Bill of Rights

Taxi drivers in Montgomery County, Md., work long hours and make barely above the minimum wage because the companies they work for charge them tens of thousands of dollars in fees each month. Fed up with this situation, these workers have proposed a Passenger and Driver Bill of Rights that would make sure drivers are paid a living wage, that they have basic workplace protections and are able to give their customers the best service possible. And they are working to get the County Council to pass the bill, which also would update the outdated dispatch system to improve service and convenience for riders and regulate companies like Uber.

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7 Things to Help Millennials Survive This Economy

This originally appeared on BuzzFeed.

As President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union, our economy is improving and America is benefiting from 58 straight months of job growth. But young people who are stuck on their parents’ couches are still struggling. The youth unemployment rate is too high. Wages are stagnant. College is increasingly expensive, and the mountain of student debt keeps getting larger.

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Drama Behind Reality TV Cameras Puts Producers on the Line

Photo by Chris Garlock

Inhumanly long hours, cruelty, frayed nerves. And that’s just behind the cameras at reality shows. “It’s scary and nerve-wracking,” says Sevita Qarshi, a producer walking the line Thursday outside the Realscreen conference at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

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Community Organizers, Worker Centers Get Big LIFT

Photo courtesy of VOZ

The AFL-CIO announced today the third round of LIFT [Labor Innovation Fund for the Twenty-First Century] Fund grants, which will be awarded to a diverse group of organizations that are organizing workers outside of traditional models.  Past recipients include the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, which helps workers such as LeDaya Epps to find good-paying jobs through apprenticeship programs. LeDaya attended the 2015 State of the Union address at the invitation of first lady Michelle Obama.

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Wal-Mart’s Manufacturing Recovery?

Wal-Mart’s Manufacturing Recovery?

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, told Americans that manufacturing in the United States is back. The president is right to applaud job creation in manufacturing. But both elected leaders and the public should be wary of one company, in particular, falsely taking credit for this “manufacturing renaissance”: Wal-Mart.

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