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1972–1973 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team team photo after 1973 NCAA Championship, Associated Students of the University of California at Los Angeles

This week, the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) in determining that the scholarship football players at private Northwestern University had the right to form a union. Courageous leadership by Kain Colter of Northwestern and CAPA founder Ramogi Huma led to this victory. Now everyone is crying in their beer because the discussion has focused on athletes being paid. But, CAPA is about all that unions do: giving voice to the workers. Too little attention is focused on issues of player safety and health in the media storm following the ruling.

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5 Ways Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help African Americans

5 Ways Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help African Americans

In addition to the many other benefits we've spotlighted about raising the minimum wage, a new report released by the AFL-CIO today finds that raising the minimum wage would help millions of African American families. The report, which is based on Economic Policy Institute data, shows that African Americans often live in a state of economic insecurity and that raising the minimum wage would be an effective way to counter that insecurity for some 4 million African Americans.

If you think America's working families need a raise, sign the petition

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How One Woman Is Changing the Face and Future of Tech Workers

Black Girls Code. The name is simple, but the goal is groundbreaking. Today, black women only make up 3% of the computing workforce. Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, is looking to change that. By providing computer training and coding skills to young women of color, Bryant is on a mission to change the future of the tech industry. Check out the video in the post.

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Here's a Jaw-Dropping Statistic on the Retirement Security of Black and Latino Workers

Photo of National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) Activists.

We've heard of the looming retirement security crisis, but this statistic is extremely sobering: The majority of black and Latino workers (62% and 69%, respectively) do not own assets in a retirement account. This is from a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security released this week.

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Has Education Paid Off for Black Workers?

Has Education Paid Off for Black Workers?

Although African American workers are significantly better educated than they were three decades ago, they're actually less likely to be in good jobs, according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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Black Students Flock to STEM Fields, Yet Business Lobby Pushes for More Temporary Workers

Black Students Flock to STEM Fields, Yet Business Lobby Pushes for More Temporary Workers

Over the weekend, young people watched or read about President Obama speaking at Morehouse College and first lady Michelle Obama addressing the graduates of Bowie State University. Hopefully they were inspired by seeing so many young and gifted people finishing the course they chose to follow. Well, here is a little known set of facts. 

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Here's What You Said: Building a Stronger Labor Movement for People of Color

Here's What You Said: Building a Stronger Labor Movement for People of Color

In our second online discussion on how to build a stronger movement for working people, Dr. Steven Pitts, labor policy specialist at the University of California, Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, asked you: “Union density is higher among black workers than it is for any other racial or ethnic group of workers. How can the labor movement use this to build a stronger movement for social change?”

The question generated a thoughtful and lively discussion that will help us prepare for the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention that will focus on how the labor movement should change and what we can do together to improve the future of all working people.

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Black Workers 19% More Likely to Be in Unions

Davon Lomax, member of IUPAT.

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said that in 1965, and African Americans still hear his quote ring.

A new report, Blacks in Unions: 2012, by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education, finds that black workers are 19% more likely to be in unions than non-black workers. In the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas, African Americans are 42% more likely than non-blacks to be in unions.

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The Fiscal Cliff and Odd Bedfellows

What a strange turn of events.  If we are to believe the leaks on the deal being cut for the fiscal cliff, it appears that President Obama’s agenda was narrow—restore fiscal sanity by upping the tax rates on very high earners. In the process, he appears ready to concede to House Speaker John Boehner a Republican plan to alter Social Security benefits recommended by the Simpson-Bowles commission. What an odd legacy the president would be leaving. The cut in Social Security benefits that Boehner proposes would have a disparate impact on African Americans, the group that voted most vociferously against the Republican world view. One would think the president’s agenda going into the fiscal cliff negotiations would be to remind those who worked hard for his election why it mattered he won.

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Metro Jobless Rates for African Americans, Latinos in Double Digits Through 2011

Metro Jobless Rates for African Americans, Latinos in Double Digits Through 2011

African American workers’ jobless rate in 2011 hovered between 9.7 percent and 22.6 percent in 19 major metropolitan areas, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Overall, the black unemployment rate was two to three times as high as that of whites. EPI also found that the 2011 unemployment rate among Latino workers was higher than 10 percent in 17 of 25 metro areas.

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