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'Democracy Isn't a Spectator Sport': Working People Get a Shout Out in President Obama's DNC Speech

'Democracy Isn't a Spectator Sport': Working People Get a Shout Out in President Obama's DNC Speech

Last night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, President Obama lifted up the spirit of America's working people and our courage to fight for a better life.

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UPDATE: McAuliffe Corrects the Record

Update: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe set the record straight:

 

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Watch Live Today: Elizabeth Warren Joins Working People to Talk 'Organizing to Win'

Watch Live Today: Elizabeth Warren Joins Working People to Talk 'Organizing to Win'

Today at 2 p.m. ET live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will join carwash workers, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 300 member Michael SmithFight for 15 and working people to discuss organizing to win for a better life. 

The livestream will happen on our Facebook page: facebook.com/aflcio and on Twitter: twitter.com/aflcio.

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She's With Us: Congratulations Hillary Clinton

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The working people of the AFL-CIO proudly congratulate Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee of a major party. 

 Are you with Clinton on building an economy of shared prosperity for all? Join us

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What Do Working People Want?

What Do Working People Want?

We want elected leaders who think big. Today, two families control more wealth than half our population. One family is spending almost a billion dollars to influence our elections. Meanwhile, more than 60% of American households are one missed paycheck away from economic calamity. This is not the America we should leave our children. We can and must do better.

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My Life Matters to the Labor Movement

Nancy Luc

This month has hit me hard with news that not once, but twice, black lives were lost at the hands of police officers. And then even more violence unfolded in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La. While the locations of these most recent events are far from Boston, where I live and work, they have hurt me so deeply I feel I must respond.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Addresses the Democratic National Convention

This week AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the working people of the Democratic National Convention. 

Here are his remarks:

 

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10 Reasons Hillary Clinton Stands with Working People

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Working people recognize the high stakes in the 2016 presidential election. On one side, you have Donald Trump, who supports "right to work," which takes away power from working people, and thinks your wages are too high. On the other side, you have Hillary Clinton, who has a long history of advocating for families and working people. She believes that paid family leave, earned sick days, fair schedules, equal pay for women and quality affordable child care are critical, as well as the right to come together in union and negotiate for a better life. Here are 10 ways Clinton stands with working people:

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Nabisco Worker Michael Smith Shares His Story: 'I Am Not a Number, a Statistic, I'm a Man'

Michael Smith, BCTGM member

My name is Michael J. Smith. I am an American worker and, up until March 23, I worked at the Nabisco bakery located on the South Side of Chicago. I worked there nearly five years, and I am unemployed today because Mondelēz International/Nabisco sent my job and 600 others to Mexico where workers earn in one week what I made in several hours.

My wife and I live in Tinley Park, and we have four children and five grandchildren. We attend the apostolic church where I teach Sunday school. I believe in America and am proud to live in America.

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Three Points About the Republican Convention and the Fate of American Democracy

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Working people in unions are uniquely positioned to demand and defend democracy—government by all the people. Working people know that only in a democracy do we have a chance to be heard.

And so today, after the end of the Republican National Convention, what should people in unions, who above all care about the health of our democracy, make of this spectacle?

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