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Mexican Union Leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Wins Historic Legal Appeal

The federal judiciary of Mexico extended protection late last week to the embattled leader of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers (Los Mineros), Napoleón Gómez Urrutia. In what will go down as a historic victory for the Mexican labor movement, the three judges of the circuit court unanimously declared the arrest warrants against Gómez unconstitutional, siding with Gómez’s legal defense team that the charges were without merit and politically motivated. This ruling will allow Gómez to return to Mexico in absolute freedom, as the Mexican government must now cancel extradition requests pending in Canada and with Interpol.

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Honor Labor Every Day, Not Just on Labor Day

It’s been a long time since companies honored workers with more than just lip service once a year on Labor Day. Decades, actually. Since the late 1970s, wages of workers have not even kept pace with inflation. Meanwhile, CEO pay has soared. But because companies do not disclose a vital piece of information—the pay gap between their CEO and their typical worker—investors and the public cannot gauge which companies are investing in their workers and which are not.

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The Grass Isn’t Greener

News last month showed that the Eurozone countries had a bad second quarter of economic growth. For the three-month period that ended in June, the Eurozone economies grew at 0.0%. Germany, the largest economy in that group, shrank by 0.2%, and Italy, the third largest, fell back into recession. While initially there was much celebration that Germany’s work-sharing schemes prevented the massive job losses experienced in the United States, Germany’s tepid fiscal response, and weak accommodation by the European Central Bank to the global downturn of 2008, have meant Europe continues to flounder. This should be a real lesson that austerity is not a better proscription than the policies pursued in the United States.

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Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Raise Wages

Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Raise Wages

Today we celebrate Labor Day, a day to honor the men and women who work hard every day to support their families, pay their bills, educate their kids, save for retirement and fight to make America’s economy work for everybody.

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What Does Labor Want?

Whether it is a job, equal pay for equal work or the means to achieve a stable retirement, we as workers share many of the same hopes and dreams. And to this day, the best way to achieve those dreams is through a unified labor movement.

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Take the Quiz: Which Labor Leader Are You?

Take the Quiz: Which Labor Leader Are You?

Which labor leader are you? Take the quiz, courtesy of Union Plus

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What Did Your Grandparents Teach You About Work?

What did your grandparents do for a living? What did your grandparents teach you about work? How did your grandparents work lives shape who you are today?

These are the questions asked by a new website launched in honor of Labor Day by Jobs With Justice called The Way They Worked.  And rather than providing readers with the answers, the site asks Americans to tell their stories and honor their grandparents and the lives they lived and the jobs they worked.

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Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Every year on Labor Day weekend, people of faith and people concerned with social and economic justice come together to celebrate Labor Day and the contributions America's working families have made. 

We know that communities of faith aren't so different from workers who come together on the job for a voice and a better life. That common thread is solidarity. 

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Thanks to Obamacare, Health Insurance Company Execs Are No Longer Receiving Taxpayer Giveaways for Exorbitant Pay

Thanks to Obamacare, Health Insurance Company Execs Are No Longer Receiving Taxpayer Giveaways for Exorbitant Pay

Runaway executive pay at health insurance companies will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers, thanks to a little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The provision, which lowered the tax break for executive pay to $500,000 for health insurers, yielded the federal government about $72 million in additional revenue in 2013, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), “The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay.” 

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations 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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