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The 2015 Labor Media Contest Is Now Open

The 2015 Labor Media Contest Is Now Open

Once again, it is time for the annual International Labor Communications Association's Labor Media Contest, North America's largest yearly competition for labor communicators and journalists. If you are interested in participating, you can do so online any time between now and the entry deadline of May 22, 2015.

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State Battles Roundup

Photo of the NY State Capitol, courtesy Wally Gobetz on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have recently ended or are about to end, which means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that could be on the agenda this week or next.

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Washington May Not Work, but the Government Does—Thanks to Workers

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Federal, state, county and local public employees are, says President Barack Obama in a proclamation honoring Public Service Recognition Week, “scientists and teachers, social workers and first responders—they are the leaders of today's progress and the innovators of tomorrow's breakthroughs.“

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Make It a Union-Made Mother’s Day

Photo courtesy Nick Della Mora on Flickr

Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 10), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.

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How About a $12 Minimum Wage? Winners and Losers of the Week

How About a $12 Minimum Wage? 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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New DVD Documents the Rise of UAW and One Family's Search for Social Justice

New DVD Documents the Rise of UAW and One Family's Search for Social Justice

As we celebrate May Day, a new documentary has been released that takes a look at the rise of the UAW. The film, "Brothers on the Line," also explores one family's crusade for social and economic justice. Learn more, and purchase the film online at www.BrothersOnTheLine.com/Buy.

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Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank, the largest majority union-owned bank in the United States, is teaming up with We Are One New Jersey to make it easier for aspiring Americans to apply for U.S. citizenship.  The new program will offer short-term, low-interest loans to legal U.S. residents who are unable to afford the $680 citizenship application fee. Borrowers will be offered below market interest rates and will have six months to repay the loans. We Are One New Jersey will offer the loan applications at their centers in Hudson and Union counties in May.  

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‘No’ to Fast Track, ‘Yes’ to Fair Trade

‘No’ to Fast Track, ‘Yes’ to Fair Trade

Union members and allies raised their voices in loud protest Thursday to oppose so-called Fast Track authority to pass a multination trade agreement that would ship good-paying American jobs to Asia, Central America and other low-wage regions, pushing down wages of U.S. workers. 

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Oregon: Wyden Trying to Pull a Fast One on Fast Track

Oregon: Wyden Trying to Pull a Fast One on Fast Track

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced agreement with Republican leaders April 16 over the terms of a “Fast Track” bill introduced in the Senate and House. The bill would make it easier to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a NAFTA-style trade deal that the Obama administration has been negotiating in secret with representatives from 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

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Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

Courtney Jenkins

Welcome to Baltimore, Md. My home for the entire 27 years I’ve been on this earth. Home of crab cakes, Old Bay and our nation’s national anthem, "The Star- Spangled Banner." Baltimore also is home to some not-so-great things like poverty, high unemployment, crime, drugs and a public education system that lacks the proper resources for students and teachers. Baltimore could be any city in the United States today.

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