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On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

Dec. 5 marks the anniversary of the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955. As we look toward the future, we remember that we can learn a great deal about ourselves as a movement of working people coming together from the past. 

Thanks to the University of Maryland, we can easily access George Meany's speech at the first joint AFL-CIO Convention in New York City. 

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What's Really Going on with the Economy?

Since the economic collapse in 2008, premature cries of “recovery and mission accomplished” have repeatedly marred understanding of how the economy continues to struggle and under-perform for all but the very richest Americans. This week, the news has been good, but that news is being used by the “usual suspects” to argue for applying the economic brakes when we still have a long way to get back to full employment.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to Appear on CNN's 'Crossfire' Tonight

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to Appear on CNN's 'Crossfire' Tonight

What's the state of the U.S. economy? Why do we need a higher minimum wage? Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST tackle these questions on CNN's "Crossfire" with co-hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

You can join the conversation online on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #Crossfire.  

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Innovation @Work: An Open and Shut Case

Photo by Joe Kekeris/AFL-CIO

In early December, Eric Gulan strode across a drop cloth on the carpeted office floor of AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, overlooking Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C.

He and three of his fellow union glaziers hammered out caulking to remove the room’s old windows—original quarter-inch panes from the building’s 1953 construction. Another three glaziers drilled through the solid steel of the window frames to prepare for the installation of new aluminum frames and a set of energy-efficient double-paned windows.

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Talking Turkey: How to Talk Jobs and Economy with Your Conservative Uncle at the Thanksgiving Table

Photo courtesy martha_chapa95

You know you aren't supposed to do it. But you know you're going to. Talk about politics over the holidays. It's hard to avoid it and you know your uncle who worships Rush Limbaugh and runs Fox News 24/7 is going to be armed with conservative talking points. Here's your handy guide to quick responses and facts use when you hear those talking points about issues important to working families.

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AFL-CIO Announces Plans to Develop an Economics Curriculum Geared for Working Families

The way the media, corporations and the 1% talk about the economy is not only inaccurate, it is a means to maintain power for the wealthiest among us and keep working families powerless, delegates to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles declared today.The latest resolution passed at the convention describes the scope of the problem and announces a concrete plan to change the conversation.

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