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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Robert Reich, María Elena Durazo Headline IBEW 1245 Leadership Seminar

Robert Reich, María Elena Durazo Headline IBEW 1245 Leadership Seminar

At a leadership seminar this week with 56 Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 activists and Los Angeles labor leader María Elena Durazo, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich declared that the U.S. economy is “rigged” in favor of the rich.

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Help Bring Pope Francis to Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is inviting Pope Francis to visit the city to see how low-wage workers in the United States are struggling in a stagnant economy. A letter from the federation's executive secretary-treasurer, María Elena Durazo, praises the pope for his support for paying workers a living wage.  Working family supporters from around the country are encouraged to sign the letter.

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Republican Attacks on Aspiring Americans Threaten the Party's Future

For years, Republicans have attempted to use immigration as a wedge issue to drive voter turnout, with punitive policy proposals and increasingly vitriolic rhetoric coming from candidates from the top to the bottom or the Republican ticket.  A growing body of evidence shows that their plans have backfired on them and that Latino voters, many of whom historical voted for Republicans or considered doing so, are being driven away from the party and continued pursuit of such an agenda threatens to make the GOP a permanent minority party.

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Los Angeles Black Worker Center to Hold First-Ever L.A. Workers Congress Before AFL-CIO 2013 Convention

Los Angeles Black Worker Center to Hold First-Ever L.A. Workers Congress Before AFL-CIO 2013 Convention

This Friday, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (BWC) is holding its first-ever Black Workers Congress to bring workers and the Los Angeles community together to build support and share knowledge to transform the jobs crisis in communities of color. 

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California Unions Lead Charge for Road Map to Citizenship in Caravan Action

María Elena Durazo

In Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, thousands rallied outside the office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) in support of a comprehensive immigration policy that includes a road map to citizenship. Republican leaders say they will not bring up the bill that was passed by the Senate, but instead will focus on several smaller immigration bills. María Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said there will be consequences if House Republicans block the Senate bill.

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Californians to Caravan to Bakersfield in Support of Citizenship

Californians to Caravan to Bakersfield in Support of Citizenship

On Aug. 14, hundreds of cars from more than 30 California cities will join in a caravan to Bakersfield to visit Congressman Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office to tell him to support an immigration policy with a road map to citizenship. This is the first of many activities in support of a new immigration policy that California's working families are planning.

Not in California? Text NOW to 235246 to tell House Speaker Boehner you want a vote on citizenship. Standard data and messaging rates may apply. 

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Are Organizing Victories in Los Angeles a Model for the Future of Labor?

It's not every day a former manufacturing hub for middle-class jobs gets to reinvent itself after the factories and plants shut down and ship off. But that's exactly what's happening in Long Beach, Calif., in Los Angeles County. 

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New York Times Article Highlights Immigrant Workers and California Unions

While, according to official government statistics, union density declined last year, there were a handful of states that actually saw an increase in membership. California placed at the top of this list.

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Durazo: 'Los Angeles...the Low-Wage Capital of the Nation'

Journalists are fixated on union members' donations to the Los Angeles mayoral race to elect Wendy Greuel, Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, writes in a Los Angeles Times column. But one issue is being largely ignored: the working poor. 

"But if the discussion about the role of unions in the campaign is going to focus almost exclusively on money, shouldn't we talk about money in its entirety?" writes Durazo. "What motivates me and so many others in L.A. labor when it comes to money are the hundreds of thousands of our fellow workers in Los Angeles who don't earn enough of it."

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