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Sen. Sanders and Rep. Pocan Continue Washington-Led Fight for Workers' Rights

Photo via the California Labor Federation

Working people across the country are making significant gains by speaking out for a better life, and Washington’s leaders are starting to listen.

Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) will unveil legislation that represents a leap forward for working people in their fight to have a greater voice in the workplace: the Workplace Democracy Act.

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Tell Verizon to Keep the Union Sportsmen's Alliance on the Air

Tell Verizon to Keep the Union Sportsmen's Alliance on the Air

Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel have been removed from Verizon Fios carriage service. The contracts for both networks with Verizon have expired.
Unfortunately, for those who enjoy hunting, shooting and fishing, Verizon has taken away access to this outdoor lifestyle channel.

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Worker Stories: Vincent Louque

Vincent Loque

On Oct. 7, the White House is hosting a “Summit on Worker Voice,” allowing working people to share their stories on how we can rewrite the rules to create an economy that works for everyone. Every day until the summit, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job.

Today, we take a look at Vincent Louque and the workers at Kinkisharyo who recently formed their own union with Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11.

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Is Justice Finally Here for Mine Workers and Their Families? Winners and Losers of the Week

Is Justice Finally Here for Mine Workers and Their Families? Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Introducing the Seven Principles of Collective Action

Across the country, working people have spoken out in favor of better wages and fair treatment—and Wednesday’s White House Summit on Worker Voice is a positive step in the raising wages agenda.

The actions that drove us to this point were based on Seven Principles. These principles are universal and enjoy the support of anyone who supports collective action. 

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The Digital Domino Effect: Young Working People Continue to Organize in New Media

Alice Ollstein with her co-worker Dylan Petrohilos of Think Progress

Young working people organizing on the job will be a hot topic at the first ever, White House Summit on Worker Voice. To shed some light on the latest in a series of digital worker wins, I had a one on one with Alice Ollstein of Think Progress. Alice is a political reporter at Think Progress and has been writing for newspapers since her tween-years. She has always wanted to be a journalist, but today she sits on the other side, sharing her story on why she is a “union yes.” 

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TPP Deal Rushed Through; Working Families Respond

In Atlanta this weekend, negotiators rushed through a deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and working families were quick to respond, asking why the deal has to be rushed when there are many unanswered questions, and demanding that the details of the agreement be released as soon as possible so the people most affected by the deal—working people—know what to expect. Here are the responses from the AFL-CIO and other working family organizations.

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Chris Paul Is a Leader Both On and Off the Basketball Court

Photo courtesy Sean Davis on Flickr

Growing up, I was always a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, I was from Florida, but we didn't have professional basketball back then, so I looked around for a team to support and the Lakers were it. Led by a flashy point guard, Magic Johnson, the team entertained, it had fun and it won a lot. Over the years, the team had its ups and downs but after winning back-to-back titles during the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons, the team was aging and it secured a trade for star point guard Chris Paul. Lakers fans, like myself, were salivating at the idea of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul running circles around the opposition and bringing more titles to one of the greatest franchises in sports history.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Appoints AFL-CIO Leader as Labor Commissioner

Reardon with Jessica Hayssen, Field Director, MN AFL-CIO

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that he is appointing Roberta Reardon, a leader with the AFL-CIO, to be the state's next commissioner of labor. Reardon will take over from acting commissioner Mario Musolino.

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Support for the WAGE Act Continues to Grow

Recently, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the WAGE Act, an attempt to solidify and strengthen protections for working people. Since the legislation was introduced, more and more voices have been joining the chorus calling for Congress to approve the act. 

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