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Global Union Movement: Making Equality for Women a Reality

Global Union Movement: Making Equality for Women a Reality

As International Women’s Day approaches, the global labor movement is mobilizing to put teeth into the celebration’s 2014 theme, “Equality for women is progress for all.” The AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center allies around the world also are getting set to highlight the struggles of working women with actions that include rallies by banana workers who are members of the union SITRABI in Guatemala and a conference honoring women workers from Jordan and Palestine. (Follow Women’s Day actions on Twitter with the hashtag #IWD2014.)

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What We’re Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

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

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This Conversation About Women and Work Trended on Twitter Yesterday

How Do We Create Momentum on Women's Economic Policies? Here's What You Said

We held a tweetchat yesterday on creating momentum around economic policy for women, including raising the minimum wage, paid sick days, family and medical leave and much more. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, National Organization for Women’s Terry O’Neill, Black Youth Project 100’s Charlene Carruthers and Upworthy’s Laura Willard shared their thoughts, as well as heard what you had to say. 

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Let's Talk Today: Moving Forward on Creating an Economic Agenda for Women

Let's Talk Today: Moving Forward on Creating an Economic Agenda for Women

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. EST, the AFL-CIO invites you to participate in a tweetchat on creating momentum around economic policy for women. Join AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, National Organization of Women’s (NOW’s) Terry O’Neill, Black Youth Project 100’s (BYP 100’s) Charlene Carruthers and Upworthy’s Laura Willard for a discussion on paid sick days, the minimum wage and other issues important to women in the workplace.

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Women’s Issues in Spotlight at 11th Moral Monday

Photo by Joshua Mbanusi via Twitter

Braving southern summer heat, humidity and waving signs, including “First the Great Recession, Now the Great Regression,” more than 2,000 North Carolinians gathered at the state Capitol in Raleigh at the 11th Moral Monday to protest extreme actions of the legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory (R).

With the focus on women’s issues—especially women’s health care—more than 100 people, including about 70 women, were arrested for civil disobedience when they refused to leave the General Assembly building.

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11th Moral Monday Focuses on Women’s Issues

11th Moral Monday Focuses on Women’s Issues

Today’s Moral Monday action in Raleigh, N.C., will focus on women’s issues. It is the 11th Moral Monday event to protest the extreme actions of the legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Says the Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP:

Women are speaking out on unemployment, poverty, Medicaid, voting rights, women's rights and education from a moral and constitutional perspective. 

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MAKERS: A Reminder of Where We Came from and What We Still Need to Do

MAKERS: A Reminder of Where We Came from and What We Still Need to Do

I’ll tell you the truth, I watched the PBS documentary, MAKERS: The Women Who Make America, because one of our top staffers at the AFL-CIO and Working America—Karen Nussbaum—was in it.  I’m so glad I did.  I had forgotten what a steep climb it has been for women in this country.  It wasn’t that long ago women had little or no place in sports, culture, public life, or the workplace.

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International Women's Day: Coalition of Immokalee Workers March 200 Miles for Rights, Respect and Fair Food

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) embarked on a 200-mile march from Fort Myers, Fla., to Lakeland to raise awareness about the Fair Food movement that has encouraged growers and big tomato buyers (Subway, McDonald’s, Burger King and companies that provide food for dining halls, etc.) to agree to higher wages and other worker protections. The march, which goes from March 3-17, will end at Publix headquarters to put the pressure on supermarket industry leaders who continue to refuse these protections. 

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President Obama Signs Re-Authorization of the Violence Against Women Act into Law

President Obama signs a bill into law.

This afternoon, President Obama signed into law the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

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House Votes to Renew Violence Against Women Act

The renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is now on its way to President Obama, who has said he will sign it into law. On the eve of Women's History Month, working families were able to celebrate that the House finally passed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. The Senate already passed the act. 

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