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

Photo courtesy of All-Nite Images/Flickr

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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The 5 Things We Want to Hear in President Obama's State of the Union Speech

The 5 Things We Want to Hear in President Obama's State of the Union Speech

President Barack Obama will give his annual State of the Union address to the American people next week. But what is the state of our union? The vast majority of America's working families have experienced a raw deal in recent decades. Wages are falling, the gulf between the rich and everybody else is growing larger, we have a shrinking middle class and too many working families with no access to the American Dream. 

What's the state of your union? Share your ideas with us to be featured in the blog by texting SOTU to 235246 (standard data & message rates may apply).

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Something Is Fundamentally Wrong

President Obama continued his visits to different parts of America to discuss the economy. This is his attempt to use the Bully Pulpit of the Presidency to direct a national dialogue. The president said, “There are no simple tricks to grow the economy. What we need is a serious, steady, long-term American strategy that reverses the long erosion of middle-class security and gives everyone a fair shot to get ahead.”

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Getting on Track

This week, President Obama kicked off a series of talks to America's working families on the economy. He started in Galesburg, Ill., where he succinctly described a solution to our economic troubles: making the middle class the engine of American prosperity. Obama said:

I care about one thing and one thing only, and that’s how to use every minute of the 1,276 days remaining in my term to make this country work for working Americans again.

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New EPI Report: U.S.-Korea FTA Predictions for Job Creation Overblown (Again), More Than 40,000 Jobs Lost Already

The Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) Robert Scott has issued a report on the early results of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement (often called KORUS).  It’s not good for U.S. workers, who have already lost about 40,000 jobs because of the increasing trade deficit with Korea. 

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Fiscal Follies: Watch the Conversation on Budget Surplus

Last week, the White House announced changes in projections for fiscal health. In June, the government will have a surplus and the projected deficit for this year will be $214 billion less than originally projected. That means the deficit will be 4.7% of GDP (the nation’s total income), down from the original forecast of 6%.  Moreover, the deficit will be below 3% of GDP by 2017. Now it is time for the follies to begin.

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Bad Policy: President Obama's Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicare

Bad Policy: President Obama's Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicare

Yesterday the AFL-CIO learned President Obama's budget will cut Social Security and Medicare benefits for working families. The so-called "chained" CPI will cut Social Security benefits and middle-income seniors (people who made $47,000 a year and more) will be asked to pay higher Medicare premiums.

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