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I’m Going Where the Action Is: Massachusetts

Image via Raise Up Massachusetts, Facebook

When I get frustrated with the Republican gridlock in Washington, D.C., that has put a stranglehold on so many vital working family issues like raising wages, paid sick leave, workers' rights and more, I look around and see the work the labor movement and its allies are doing in the states. That’s where the action is these days, and that’s why I’m so looking forward to my trip to Massachusetts today.

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Boston's Low-Wage Workers Affected by City's Shutdown

While most attention in the Boston tragedy is rightfully focused on the victims of last Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, the damage done by the terrorist attacks didn't end with the explosions or the subsequent shootout that led to additional deaths. Much of the city shut down during the manhunt for the terror suspects; and while most salaried employees could take the day off without losing pay, low-wage workers did not have that luxury. Other workers were forced to work long hours or brave dangerous conditions to get their jobs done.

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Working Families Rally for Paid Sick Leave at Boston Dunkin' Donuts

Photo courtesy Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition

Activists rallied in front of the Beacon Street Dunkin' Donuts in Boston to build support for a bill in the state legislature that would require employers to give earned sick leave hours to their employees. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Dan Wolf and state Rep. Kay Khan and would ensure that workers get one hour of sick time for each 30 hours they work, up to a maximum of at least 40 hours a year, depending on the size of the company (smaller companies have some exemptions).

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Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone

Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone

Chances are everyone around you is sick. Not a pleasant thought, but recent reports show the flu season is one of the worst we've seen in a decade. Check out this Google map to see your risk factors for catching the flu in your state. 

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Get Inspired: Read Statements from Across Our Movement on Obama Victory

AFGE President J. David Cox helps get out the vote. AFGE photo.

Here’s a roundup of reactions to last night’s election victory by President Obama and other working family candidates from national and state union leaders.

AFT President Randi Weingarten:

The American people voted today to create opportunity and shared prosperity by sharing responsibility, and to reject the cynical "you’re on your own" philosophy.

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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Shuler Hits the Campaign Trail

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in Portsmouth, N.H.

Union members and working people are mobilizing all over the country in labor walks, phone banks and leafletting, getting the word out about what's at stake this election. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler has been meeting with working people and joining labor walks from coast to coast this past week.

On Wednesday, Shuler helped kick off the first local chapter of  Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) in Spokane, Wash.

Shuler thanked the young workers’ group for their activism on the Verizon and T-Mobile campaigns and encouraged the group to stay energized for Nov. 6. Shuler reminded the group that good jobs and college loans are on the line this November.

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Massachusetts Union Members Go Door to Door for Warren

Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is a “genuine American hero, a pioneer for consumers’ rights, a champion for workers’ rights…who will stand with Massachusetts working families every time, and especially when we need her the most,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told more than 700 union members Saturday before they marched off into neighborhoods to talk to voters.


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Scott Brown: Wall St.’s Favorite Senator

Scott Brown: Wall St.’s Favorite Senator

Massachusetts Voters Beware. Millionaire candidate Sen. Scott Brown portrays himself as an “average guy in a pickup” when in reality he’s a big backer of Wall Street, not Main Street.

Scott Brown: Wall Street’s Favorite Senator,” a new website launched by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, highlights Brown’s two-year anti-worker voting record in the Senate.

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Mass. AFL-CIO, Building Trades Respond to Attacks on Working Families Housing Project

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman and Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Callahan say a recent newspaper article mischaracterizes their efforts in support of the 246-apartment construction project in Vicksburg Square that will provide homes for working families, create jobs and pump tens of millions into the local economy. 

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