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

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

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

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Tell Cesar Millan to Be the 'Pack Leader' and Stick Up for Producers Denied Overtime at ITV Studios

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ITV Studios, the company that produces Cesar Millan’s new show "Cesar 911" for Nat Geo Wild, this week reported that in 2013 they posted a 27% increase in profits. ITV Studios says it expects to continue raking in more profits in 2014.  

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Sutter Nurses, Sports Broadcasters and More Join AFL-CIO Unions


Nurses at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus in San Francisco officially had their voices heard—and recognized—when the National Labor Relations Board certified their December vote to join California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

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NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job. 

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Time to Vote Wage Theft Off the Island

Photo by Out.of.Focus/Flickr

Here’s a reality the television networks aren’t likely to green-light for a prime-time slot like “Pawn Stars,” “Doomsday Preppers,” “The First 48,” or any other of the ubiquitous reality shows that fill up so much of today’s TV schedule. The writers and producers of many of these shows are plagued by long hours, misclassification and stolen wages that, according to a new survey, cost some $40 million a year industry-wide or about $30,000 a worker.     

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Ask Rachel Maddow to Join Writers Guild Thunderclap for Justice

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Producers and associate producers for Peacock Productions—which is owned by NBC and creates nonfiction and reality programming for MSNBC, NBC, CNBC and other networks—have been trying to organize for a voice on the job with the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) for more than a year but are being opposed by Peacock Productions.

Click here to support Peacock Productions workers and join their Thunderclap now!

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New Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

After 45 years of driving a cab in New York City, Beresford Simmons says the emergence of the National Taxi Workers Alliance in the past few years is helping his family and those of other drivers reach the middle class.

Simmons’ story is one of three illustrating that unions make the middle class strong, giving workers a voice in our economy, portrayed in a trio of new videos by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.


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Salon: Can Unions Save the Creative Class?

Artists are finding it harder and harder to get it time for them to strap on a hard hat and form unions? Salon writer Scott Timberg asks this question in his new article, Can Unions Save the Creative Class? This article is part of a Salon series brought to you by the AFL-CIO.

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Vets Turn the Page with Writers Guild

Amy Bench

The Writers Guild of America, East and the Wounded Warrior Project have joined forces in a project that pairs military veterans and their family members with award-winning writers, empowering them with storytelling skills to share their post-war experiences.

Read the full story here, part of the AFL-CIO In Our Communities feature highlights.

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Sarandon: 'I’ve Always Known that Unions Made America'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, left, with actor Susan Sarandon

“That was the turning point for a lot of actors," said actor Susan Sarandon to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the national commercial actors strike 12 years ago. "It wasn’t until we felt threatened that we realized the importance of our union.”

In a casual moment in a midtown Manhattan hotel Friday evening, Sarandon, a longtime member of SAG-AFTRA, and Trumka spoke at length before she introduced him to a gathering held by Local 1 of the American Federation of School Administrators.

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