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7 Reasons Mark Begich Is a Candidate Who Cares About Working Families

Photo courtesy Bernard Pollack on Flickr

It's an election year, and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote for candidates who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few. We're going to focus our spotlight on some of the key candidates who care about working families, and one of those candidates is Mark Begich, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

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Working Families: Raise Alaska's Minimum Wage!

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined with local labor leaders and working families to rally Alaska voters to support raising the state's minimum wage. For several decades, Alaska had the nation's highest minimum wage, but the wage has stayed stagnant in recent years, and Alaska's working families are falling farther and farther behind.

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Alaska Working Families Take on Mayor Who Gutted Workers' Rights

Alaska Working Families Take on Mayor Who Gutted Workers' Rights

A Superior Court judge ruled on Monday against Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Dan Sullivan who sought to block a proposed referendum to repeal an anti-working families law he signed in March. A coalition of municipal unions and their allies filed the paperwork to launch a petition drive to get the repeal on the ballot, but the city rejected the application.

The unions sued and the court found the city was wrong to conclude that the matter was ineligible for a referendum.

The coalition announced on Twitter that they will begin gathering petitions on Thursday.

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Alaska Workers' Voice Launches Innovative 'My Job' Facebook Page

Photo courtesy Alaska Workers' Voice

Alaska Workers' Voice launched a new Facebook page, "My Job," in February that highlights the human side of the state's working families. Alaskans can submit an original photo with a message that explains their job in a creative way to be posted on the page.

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Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

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Working Families and Retirees Asking Congress Not to Cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid Benefits

In a series of video letters, working families and retirees ask members of Congress not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Because of the fiscal obstacle course created by Congress, some in Washington, D.C., want to cut these lifelines. But there is no need to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, particularly when any cuts would directly harm working families.

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Alaska IBEW Women Can Do It!

Photo courtesy of Alaska AFL-CIO's Facebook page. IBEW Local 1547.

Members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547 in Alaska remind us all just how hard they work each day. 

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1% Senators Blocked Consumer Protections for the 99%

Today, obstructionists in the Senate blocked an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Fifty-three senators voted for Cordray, while 45—all Republicans—voted against ending debate on his nomination. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) voted for Cordray, and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) voted present.

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