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In Case You Missed It: Highlights from Trumka's Speech on Ferguson and Labor Confronting Racism

In case you missed it, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke some powerful words at the Missouri AFL-CIO convention on Monday about racism and why the labor movement should care about the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Above is the full speech, but below are some highlights. 

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'Give America a Raise' Bus Tour Rolls into Pennsylvania

'Give America a Raise' Bus Tour Rolls into Pennsylvania

The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour, organized by Americans United for Change and a coalition of allies, including the AFL-CIO, isstopping in Pennsylvania this week in Wyomissing, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to continue spreading the message about the need to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is one of the speakers this week at the rally in Philadelphia. The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians, 70% in a recent Quinnipiac poll, support raising the wage, but many of the state's members of Congress are extremists who vote with the tea party often enough, according to Americans United for Change, that more pressure needs to be put on them to do the right thing.

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

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round to Give America a Raise

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round to Give America a Raise

It might not be the Beatles or the Nuns on the Bus (aren't those women great?), but there is a pretty important bus touring the country in the next few weeks. 

The AFL-CIO is a partner in the upcoming launch of the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour, which starts on March 24 and will make 18 stops in 10 states over two weeks. The tour will end with an April 3 event outside the U.S. Capitol in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which would raise the wages of 28 million hardworking Americans.

If you think America's working families needs 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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Not So Fast, CBO, on that Job Loss Claim About Raising the Minimum Wage

Not So Fast, CBO, on that Job Loss Claim About Raising the Minimum Wage

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty. The report also projected that raising the wage to $10.10 would cost 500,000 jobs by 2016. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka condemned the projection of job losses.

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Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

The AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Texas this week as a sign of confidence that the southern state has great potential for workers who are organizing on the job. A Houston Chronicle profile takes a look at efforts in Texas and goals for broader organizing efforts in the South.

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Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released this statement after a procedural vote on extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits failed in the Senate:

Today the Senate once again failed to approve an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, 40 days after the benefit was allowed to lapse. The bill fell short by one Republican vote. 

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Trade Deficit Numbers Show Policy Changes Needed

Trade Deficit Numbers Show Policy Changes Needed

The trade deficit numbers released today provide more evidence that U.S. trade policy needs to change, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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Wait, It's Legal to Ship Prisoners Out of State?

Wait, It's Legal to Ship Prisoners Out of State?

A new report from Grassroots Leadership reveals details about the growing trend of states shipping inmates to private, for-profit prisons in other states. The questionable policy not only costs states millions of dollars, it also undermines the rehabilitation of prisoners and helps line the pockets of an industry that seems to have little regard for the human costs of its drive to increase profits. At its recent national convention, the AFL-CIO recognized many of the problems with the private prison industry and passed a resolution supporting legislation to end prison privatization.

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Trumka: Griffin's Confirmation to NLRB Good for Working Families

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Griffin to serve as the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the confirmation and the fact that the NLRB finally has all of its appointed positions filled and confirmed by the Senate for the first time in years, allowing the board to fairly and impartially oversee the workplace rights of millions of America's working families.

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