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What We’re Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

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

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Make Peacock Workers Proud: Tell MSNBC Anchors to Speak Out for Workers’ Rights

Make Peacock Workers Proud: Tell MSNBC Anchors to Speak Out for Workers’ Rights

Peacock Productions workers went to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," in Manhattan today to deliver petitions with more than 10,000 signatures to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, urging them to meet with workers and speak out against the company’s anti-worker tactics.

You can help persuade the MSNBC anchors to join in solidarity with the Peacock workers. Click here to send them an email and tell them to meet with workers and publicly support their right to organize at Peacock.

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NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job. 

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Hey Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, We Need Your Help

Hey Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, We Need Your Help

NBC Production workers have been trying to form a union for a more than a year with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). But Peacock Productions, a subsidiary of NBC, has not acted in good faith in negotiations. This is why the AFL-CIO's officers—President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre—sent a letter to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and address these issues. 

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Up Late with Alec Baldwin and the Workers Defense Project

MSNBC’s new Friday late night show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” recently featured an in-depth interview with Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of the Workers Defense Project (WDP). She explained the hardships and abuses immigrant workers face, especially undocumented construction workers in Texas, and some of the successes—such as the recent wage and job safety protections approved last month by the Austin City Council—WDP has seen.

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Ask Rachel Maddow to Join Writers Guild Thunderclap for Justice

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Producers and associate producers for Peacock Productions—which is owned by NBC and creates nonfiction and reality programming for MSNBC, NBC, CNBC and other networks—have been trying to organize for a voice on the job with the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) for more than a year but are being opposed by Peacock Productions.

Click here to support Peacock Productions workers and join their Thunderclap now!

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Joan Walsh at the AFL-CIO Oct. 3: What's the Matter with White People?

What’s the Matter with White People? By Joan Walsh

Many Americans long for a golden age that "never was," writes Salon columnist and MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh in her new book, What’s the Matter with White People? The book explores the four-decades-old scapegoat politics of right-wing culture warriors who blame people of color, the LGBT community, feminists, immigrants and union members for the decline of the middle class, while distracting from the real culprits. 

Please join us Wednesday for a discussion with Walsh and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Where: AFL-CIO

815 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.

Bring your lunch—drinks will be provided.

RSVP here

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MSNBC’s Wagner Takes on Aiken’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Claim, Lack of Women’s Voices in Politics

On the day after Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin made some of the most ignorant and outrageous statements about women, pregnancy and so-called “legitimate rape,” MSNBC’s "NOW With Alex Wagner" explored how the debate over women’s issues is often done by men.

Wagner’s guests included U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter.

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