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Workers’ Actions Bring Change to Walmart

Workers’ Actions Bring Change to Walmart

When workers at Walmart began mobilizing to make changes at the world’s biggest employer—one with the deserved reputation of disrespecting its workers and slapping down any attempt by workers to influence workplace policies—most folks’ initial reaction was “well, good luck with that.”

But it wasn’t good luck that brought about some recent workplace changes at Walmart. 

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5 Ways Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help African Americans

5 Ways Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help African Americans

In addition to the many other benefits we've spotlighted about raising the minimum wage, a new report released by the AFL-CIO today finds that raising the minimum wage would help millions of African American families. The report, which is based on Economic Policy Institute data, shows that African Americans often live in a state of economic insecurity and that raising the minimum wage would be an effective way to counter that insecurity for some 4 million African Americans.

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

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Mythopedia Will Help You School Your Right-Wing Uncle's Lies About Unions

On Wednesday, Media Matters for America launched a new website, Mythopedia, that presents rebuttals to common right-wing lies and distortions in a way that anyone can understand, including a section on spin and lies about unions. The site is searchable and simple to use in multiple formats, including desktop, smartphone or tablet, and will be updated frequently.

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Economic News Roundup

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The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Calls for Commitment to Broad-Based Wage Growth, Ending Job Export, Stopping Fast Track and More

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The AFL-CIO Executive Council adopted several policy statements addressing wage growth and economic inequality, job outsourcing, Fast Track and trade,higher education and performers' rights at its winter meeting in Houston on Tuesday.

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The Voters Couldn't Be More Clear: Raising Wages Is a Top Priority

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Voters in key 2014 battleground states made it clear in a new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates that raising wages, higher living standards and fair treatment are among their top priorities, and they want political leaders to do more on these issues. Nearly 60% of the surveyed voters from Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are unhappy with their state's economy. More than 90% said they are only keeping even economically or falling behind. More than 70% say that raising wages would be good for their state, despite claims that raising wages would increase prices or cost jobs. Gubernatorial candidates who say they want to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour would be more likely to be voted for by 61% of the voters surveyed, compared to only 23% who would be less likely to vote for such a candidate.

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What Is the State of YOUR Union?

What Is the State of YOUR Union?

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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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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Walmart Went on the Record About What It Pays Its Workers. It Didn’t Count on Us Knowing Math

It's like telling your mother, "How dare you call me an irresponsible driver! More than half of your car is totally not crashed into a tree!" Mom wouldn't accept that sorry logic, and neither should America. 

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#NotRecovered:Telling Our Stories About the Economy

#NotRecovered:Telling Our Stories About the Economy

Maybe the economy has “recovered” for the comfortably wealthy—but not so much for regular working people, who still contend with high unemployment and stagnant—or falling—wages. Yet conservatives in Congress are determined to destroy the safety net progressive and union activists have worked hard to expand since the recession began.

Working people need Congress to focus on jobs, not cuts. So the Oregon AFL-CIO is lifting up the voices of working families, and everyone is invited to help.

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