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Is Blue Plate Trying to Be Special? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo of Longfellow Grill (a Blue Plate restaurant), courtesy Longfellow Grill on Flickr

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 persons 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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Trumka: Working Families Stand with President Obama Against Workplace Discrimination

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity.  

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White House Summit Focuses on Issues Important to Working Women and Families

White House Summit Focuses on Issues Important to Working Women and Families

More than 250 working women, along with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, attended the White House Summit on Working Families on Monday to join with the president in calling for more family- and women-friendly workplace policies. There are some employers participating in the president's agenda to raise wages and improve working conditions, but Shuler and the AFL-CIO emphasize that the best path to most women workers seeing improvements is through collective action and bargaining. While the summit had a broad focus on issues important to working families, Shuler emphasized that workers talk to her about issues like raising wages, paid sick days, paid family leave, pay equality, flexible work practices, stability in scheduling and others.

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Low Wages AND Sexual Harassment? Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Obama Continues to Expand Rights for LGBTQ Americans

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In the latest move by Barack Obama that would expand the rights of LGBTQ workers, the president directed the Labor Department to draft rules that clarify that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to LGBTQ couples, even in states where same-sex marriage is not legal. FMLA allows employees to take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse, but states that don't recognize same-sex marriage previously have been able to refuse FMLA for LGBTQ families.

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Comparing Unions to Hitler: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Recuerdos de Pandora on Flickr

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 persons 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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Obama and Biden to Push for Infrastructure Spending on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama will visit the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, where he will call on more federal spending for infrastructure projects.  Obama has made numerous proposals to increase spending on bridges, roads and other infrastructure projects, but Republicans in Congress have blocked those efforts. The Tappan Zee Bridge is currently in the process of being replaced, financed by a record $1.6 billion federal loan. The old bridge, which opened in 1955, has fallen into disrepair and is serving a daily capacity above what it was designed for. While Congress has failed to provide the funds needed to move forward, Obama is using alternate methods, such as the loan, to help rebuild the country's crumbling infrastructure. 

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2 Million, 2 Many: Yes, President Obama Can Stop Deportations

More than 1,000 people are deported every day. It is predicted that in April, the Obama administration will have deported 2 million people during its tenure. Amid congressional inaction, President Barack Obama and his administration need to hear from working families that we can't wait any longer for action. The president can take concrete, bold and necessary actions today to stop senseless deportations that tear families apart from each other. 

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7 Ways Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help Working Women

7 Ways Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help Working Women

Raising the minimum wage would help working women and their families, according to a new White House report. The report also takes a look at how raising the minimum wage for tipped workers, 72% of whom are women, is important in helping working families.

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

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Trumka and Allies: Rejection of Adegbile Nomination an 'Outrage'

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to block Debo Adegbile's nomination to lead the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division with a 47–52 vote, with seven Democrats joining Republicans to filibuster. The action was widely condemned because Adegbile is highly qualified for the position and the reason he was opposed was because of work he did in challenging the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1981. While that conviction has long been controversial, the Senate has ample precedent of not holding work on behalf of convicted felons against the lawyers who work on the case. Chief Justice John Roberts, for example, worked on a case defending a mass murderer who killed eight people prior to his nomination, and no concerns were raised about him because of that work.

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