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DREAMer Wakes Up in Video

A new video of the world-wide hit “Wake Me Up,” by Swedish DJ Avicii and Aloe Blacc, features DREAMer Hareth Andrade-Ayala, who arrived in America when her father Mario came to the United States in 2004 seeking a brighter future for his family.

But now after nearly a decade of hard work supporting his family, including Andrade-Ayala and two other younger sisters, her father faces deportation. Andrade-Ayala, 20 years old, told her family’s story at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention.   

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AFL-CIO Convention Calls for Fixes in Affordable Care Act

AFL-CIO Convention Calls for Fixes in Affordable Care Act

Delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention this afternoon passed a resolution expressing support for the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but also addressing a number of issues about the ACA's implementation, including the way the ACA treats multi-employer health care plans. The resolution reiterates that the labor movement's ultimate health care goal is health care for everyone under a single-payer model.  

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Trumka, Shuler, Gebre Elected to Lead AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre.

Delegates to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention today elected a trio of top officers to lead the labor movement to become, said re-elected AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “the movement America needs us to be and we must be.”

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler was elected to a second term and, in a classic American success story, Tefere Gebre, a 45-year-old Ethiopian political refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, was elected executive vice president.

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Political Action Must Maximize Workers’ Right to Organize, Bargain

Carwash worker in Los Angeles

The years-long assault on workers’ and voting rights at state and national levels by corporate special interests and their political allies means, says a resolution on political action approved this afternoon by delegates to the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention:

It is crucial that our political action maximize the potential for workers to organize and bargain collectively.

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Delegates Commit AFL-CIO to Grow Labor Movement Through Diversity, Inclusion

 Delegates Commit AFL-CIO to Grow Labor Movement Through Diversity, Inclusion

On the heels of today’s groundbreaking young worker and diversity conference, delegates to the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention reaffirmed the federation’s commitment to grow an inclusive labor movement dedicated to issues that will build strength for and share prosperity with women, young workers, people of color and LGBT workers.

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How to Beat Inequality? Here’s What You Had to Say

How to Beat Inequality? Here’s What You Had to Say

How do we close the inequality gap and restore a potent middle class? The AFL-CIO’s live online discussion yesterday with Robert Reich, former secretary of labor and the Chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, went far beyond the idea of raising taxes on the wealthiest 1%. Worker co-ops, co-determination, reducing student debt, shortening the workweek, campaign finance reform and raising the minimum wage were among the excellent suggestions offered in the seventh in a series of online discussions to help us shape the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention and how the labor movement can meet the needs of working people in the future.

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Here Are Your Ideas on New Ways to Organize

Here Are Your Ideas on New Ways to Organize

From jobless worker organizing to better and more communication and stronger union solidarity, you had a lot to say yesterday about ways to organize to build a stronger movement for working people.

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New Ways to Organize? Join the Discussion

New Ways to Organize? Join the Discussion

Join Harold Meyerson on Wednesday, May 29, from 1–2 p.m. EDT for the fourth in the AFL-CIO series of live online discussions on how we build a movement for the future of working people. Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect and an op-ed columnist—and the AFL-CIO—want to hear your ideas on new ways to organize. He poses this question:

Since unions represent only a sliver of private-sector workers on their jobs, should labor open its rolls to other workers outside a collective bargaining context? Should the focus shift to organizing working people at the community level?

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Social Media Can Open Doors to Latino Workers

Social Media Can Open Doors to Latino Workers

New technologies and social media are increasingly important and effective ways to communicate and they can open doors for the labor movement to build stronger relationships with the Latino community. But, says Elianne Ramos, there are several key points to keep in mind when using tech to reach Latino workers—the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. workforce—and the community.

In the third of the AFL-CIO's series of live online discussions on how we build the movement for the future of working people, Ramos, principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and vice-chair of communications and PR for Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), outlines several of those points.

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Today: Tell Us How to Open More Doors to Latino Workers

Today: Tell Us How to Open More Doors to Latino Workers

Be sure to join Elianne Ramos today from 3–4 p.m. EDT for a live online discussion on how to build a stronger movement for working people, with today’s chat spotlighting Latino workers. Ramos, principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and vice-chair of communications and PR for Latinos in Social Media, poses this question:

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