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If You're Not Rich in America, This Will Cost a Lot More

"If you're not rich in America, college costs more," says Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) "It costs more because you have to borrow the money and pay and pay and pay. And not just pay the cost of the education, not just pay over time the cost to borrow, but pay to produce a profit for the United States government."

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Executive Council Calls for Strong Voting Rights Act Repair, Salutes VW Workers, Moves to Increase Young Workers’ Voices

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In statements adopted Wednesday at its annual winter meeting in Houston, the AFL-CIO Executive Council:

  • Called for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act that the U.S. Supreme Court weakened in a 2013 decision;
  • Vowed its continued support for Tennessee Volkswagen workers and condemned the actions of extremist politicians and outside groups in the recent union election; and
  • Set steps to involve more young workers in all levels of the AFL-CIO.   

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Teamwork, from Sochi to Chicago

Olympic speedskater Emily Scott is the daughter of Springfield, Mo., Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 453 member Craig Scott

Title IX deserves a gold: While we cheer for Team USA and the amazing girls and women in the Olympic Games, let’s also give a shout out to Title IX, the 1972 law that put sports within reach of girls in a whole new way by requiring gender equity in schools. And make some noise for American Sarah Hendrickson, who last week became the first woman ever to take an official ski jump at a Winter Games.

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Spreading the Gospel of Trade Unionism to the Next Generation

Spreading the Gospel of Trade Unionism to the Next Generation

Working people know that the American economy doesn’t work for us. When we see corporate greed taking our voice at work away from us again and again, it becomes harder to hold on to hope. The share of workers who have union membership is less than 12% now, at its lowest rate in nearly 100 years. Given this equation, how much power can unions have to improve the lives of working families? When unions are mentioned in the media, we are painted as lazy, greedy and only fighting for ourselves. Why would anyone want to join a group like that? That is, if the general public knows about their rights at all. How can you join a union if you don’t even know that having a voice at work is possible?

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The Recession Robbed Every Young Worker of $22,000

The Recession Robbed Every Young Worker of $22,000

This shouldn’t shock anyone: America has a jobs crisis and it’s taking a serious toll on young workers. Battered and bruised by an economy that hasn’t recovered from the Wall Street recession, nearly 16% of workers younger than 25 remain out of work, roughly 1 in 5 Americans between 25 and 34 are neither working nor attending school and half of recent college graduates are working jobs that don't require a college degree.

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The Next Generation

Photo of a CWA member in Austin, Texas.

My “day” job is to train the next generation at Howard University and students who hopefully can fulfill the legacy of the likes of David Dinkins, Elijah Cummings and Kamala Harris. February is normally a month to look back at because it is Black History Month. But I like to think of it as a time to look ahead, especially to the next generation of black leadership.

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What You Need to Know About the Student Debt Crisis and the Latest Efforts to Fix It

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As awareness of the student debt crisis continues to grow across America, some public officials in multiple branches of government are trying to help. This fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced several new initiatives to regulate the private loan industry, and just recently, two groups of senators introduced bills to combat the rising cost of college tuition, increase access to higher education and provide student debt holders with a borrower’s bill of rights.

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Should the U.S. Government Be Profiting Off of the Student Debt Crisis?

Should the U.S. Government Be Profiting Off of the Student Debt Crisis?

Did you know that while millions of people struggle to repay their student loan debt, the U.S. government is extracting massive profits? 

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America’s Lost Generation

America’s Lost Generation

Should millennials be known as “Generation Wait”? According to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the term captures the frustrations facing young adults today. Still feeling the lingering effects of the recession, millennials are more likely than ever before to be living with their parents and not in school, at work or participating in the labor market.

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What Millennials Really Think about Unions (You'll Be Surprised)

CWA member from Austin, TX.

Last month, Aaron Sankin wrote about a puzzling paradox affecting the newest generation to join America’s workforce. Millennials, born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, hold a much more favorable view of labor unions than older generations, but they are the least likely age group to be in unions. Sankin asks, if 61% of respondents aged 18 to 29 surveyed earlier this year hold a favorable view of labor unions, why aren’t they part of the labor movement?

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