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Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Fabulous news for working people in Myanmar: The government has officially recognized the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and registered the federation as representing “all Myanmar.”

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Maybe It's Time to Phase Out Jeb: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Trumka Calls on Congress to Cancel Early Recess

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the House Republican leadership's decision to go on recess.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. 

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IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

The notion that unionization and higher wages decrease income inequality is a fundamental premise of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center and our allies. But now a surprising source has reached the same conclusion: the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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The Real ALEC Promo Video

The newest video from AFSCME takes a closer look at the latest promotional video from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy, extremist organization behind much of the anti-worker agenda in the states. It seems that the video left some information out, but AFSCME quickly responded and helped out by including the missing info. Check it out and learn more about ALEC on AFSCME's blog.

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It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased

It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. A worker with a full-time minimum wage job earns just $14,500 annually—a salary that would put a single parent of two children below the poverty line. It is past time to raise the minimum wage to a level that provides working people with economic stability, instead of trapping them in poverty. 

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Victory in New York! Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

Victory in New York! Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

A national movement for a higher minimum wage, increased dignity and a better quality of life looks like it's going to pay off for the New York fast-food workers who launched the whole thing. Momentum has grown in recent years for not only increasing the minimum wage, but for making the wage closer to one that workers can support their families on, and the state of New York is set to join the wave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) directed the state's acting commissioner of labor to appoint a panel to consider the issue, and the panel has recommended that the state raise the wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour in chains that have more than 30 outlets. The acting commissioner still must approve the changes, but he is widely expected to do so. When he does, 70% of New Yorkers who currently work for the minimum wage will see a raise.

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Peruvian Unions File Complaint for Violation of Labor Rights in U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement

Peruvian Unions File Complaint for Violation of Labor Rights in U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement

Imagine if, for more than a dozen years, you got a piece of paper with each paycheck saying you still had a job next week and should come back to work next Monday. Now imagine your best friend at the same garment factory, after 14 years of service, getting a piece of paper that said she should not come back on Monday. Why? Because she supported the union and therefore no longer has a job. 

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