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Shelby's Story: The Case for Paid Family Leave

The latest video in the Workonomics series by Upworthy takes a look at Shelby, a mother who was forced to choose between taking care of her family and getting paid, a choice all too many workers in America are forced to make. The AFL-CIO supports expanding paid family leave as a way to make fewer Americans have to make such tragic and difficult decisions.

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Memories

Memory is how individuals and societies recall past events.  History, in contrast, seeks to collect the actual data of events. In society, memory is important because it forms the narrative on which we build basic concepts that drive policy. 

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Auto Workers to Form Chattanooga Local

UAW members didn't give up after a vote to unionize at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., barely missed passage in February. They continued to move forward, and the union announced Thursday that it had reached a consensus with VW and will form Local 42 for workers at the Chattanooga plant. While no formal agreement has been reached, UAW officials say they expect the automaker to recognize the union once enough of the plant's employees have signed up, although no specific threshold was announced.

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Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Writers-Producers testify at New York City hearing about poor working conditions in the reality TV industry.

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

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U.S.-China Trade Deficit Is One More Reason We Need Trade Policies that Lift Up Working People

In case you missed it at the end of June (and who can blame you, really?) trade numbers between the United States and China were recently released for the month of April 2014, providing us with another month’s worth of reasons for why U.S. trade policy needs to change.

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10 Truths About Tipped Workers You Might Not Know

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) takes a look at a variety of myths about tipped workers and the truths behind those myths. It has been 23 years since the federal minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $2.13 an hour, was last raised. Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage for other workers, which also has lost much of its value in recent years because of wage stagnation, is set at $7.25 an hour. Here are 10 truths about tipped workers and the tipped minimum wage from the EPI report.

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Temp Worker Safety in Danger: Sugar Plant Worker Dies Days After Removal of Safety Device

Courtesy of The Occupational Safety and Health Administration

A worker was buried alive in a sugar plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., revealing the challenges in ensuring that temporary workers have the right to be safe at work.

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Teachers Convene at National Convention in Los Angeles

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Starting tomorrow in Los Angeles, teachers from all around the country will be arriving in Los Angeles for the AFT convention. AFT President Randi Weingarten will preside over a convention that will feature speakers like Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.); Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.); California Gov. Jerry Brown; Tom Torlakson, who is running for California superintendent of public instruction against an opponent funded by corporate "reformers"; the Rev. William Barber, the driving force behind North Carolina's Moral Mondays; and, most importantly, the teachers who work hard every day to educate the country's future generations. The convention runs through Monday morning.

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The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka thinks about immigration, he thinks about boats. "I think about boats coming to America long ago, filled with hopeful workers in search of a better life," wrote Trumka in a message to working families supporters. 

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If TTIP Trade Deal Puts People Before Profits, It Can Work, Say AFL-CIO and ETUC

The TTIP (the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed trade agreement between the United States and the European Union) is an opportunity to get trade and globalization policy right, say the AFL-CIO and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the trade union federations that together represent tens of millions of workers. But this will only happen if the agreement is negotiated in an open manner, ensures that corporations cannot override governments and threaten the public good, promotes workers' rights and social justice and in all other ways puts people before profits. 

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