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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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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 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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Immigration Reform Without Road Map to Citizenship Is ‘Fool's Gold,’ Says Trumka

A hoax. A joke. Fool's gold. That's how AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka characterized an emerging House GOP immigration proposal that didn't include green cards or a road map to citizenship in an interview today with The Washington Post's David Nakamura

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The AFL-CIO Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka with Lilly Ledbetter.

Check out the AFL-CIO's officers and policy team's reactions to the State of the Union (after the jump). 

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Follow the State of the Union Conversation with the AFL-CIO

As President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address tonight, join the AFL-CIO and other working family advocates in extending the conversation beyond the Capitol building. On Twitter, you can follow the conversation with this handy list of Twitter accounts of some of the AFL-CIO's sharpest minds or by following the #ourSOTU hashtag and tweeting your thoughts.

Also, stay tuned for the progressive response to the State of the Union streamed from the AFL-CIO headquarters with AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee and Ben Wikler of The Good Fight podcast.  

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The Voices of Unemployed Workers

It's been a month since extended unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed workers expired and there's still little evidence that Republicans in Congress are going to do anything about it. Democrats, on the other hand, are more than willing to provide much-needed help to workers who have been unable to find work for six months or longer.  

Call your representatives at 877-318-0483 and urge them to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension. 

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What Does AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address?

What Does AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Want to Hear in the State of the Union Address?

In tomorrow night’s State of the Union address, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wants to hear President Barack Obama outline a “serious plan” to raise the minimum wage and create good jobs through education and infrastructure investments; a blueprint to end economic inequality; and an end to separating immigrant families from each other through deportation.

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How We Got Economic Inequality and Why the President Needs to Talk About It

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On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is going to give his fifth State of the Union address. The president is likely to call for policies that will help working people, like an increase in the minimum wage and the extension of unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed workers.    

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