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This Is an Emergency

Ohio AFL-CIO NextUp members show us their collective student loan debt.

Senate Republicans this month blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June.

Don't they realize "student loan debt is an emergency?" writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler in her recent MomsRising column

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Ky. AFL-CIO Launches Young Workers Effort

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Chris Ormes says this year will be a double milestone for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.

First, we’re starting a statewide Young Workers Program. Second, we’re doing it in the year that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the youngest secretary of state in the country, is going to beat one of the oldest obstructionists in Washington [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell], as far as the labor movement is concerned.

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Edna Nominations Due by Aug. 28

Edna Nominations Due by Aug. 28

The deadline for nominations for the Berger-Marks Foundation’s annual Edna Award is Aug. 28. The $10,000 award recognizes young women making a mark in labor, women’s and other social justice movements.

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AFL-CIO’s Young Workers Program Prepares the Next Generation of Labor Leaders Today

This post originally appeared on Michigan's progressive news blog, Eclectablog, by Chris Savage. Follow Eclectablog on Facebook and Twitter

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

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

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The Pope Wants Us to Do Better: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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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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