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Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working families, labor leaders and community activists sent a clear message on Wednesday: The labor movement will continue its efforts to build worker power for immigrants and will not wait for politicians or the courts to act. Speaking on the day before deferred action was scheduled to start, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined other leaders, including United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Executive Vice President Esther López, Bricklayers (BAC) President James Boland and National Day Laborer Organizing Network Director of Legislative Affairs Salvador Sarmiento, and immigrant workers who are members of UNITE HERE and the Ironworkers unions. Together, they vowed to defend the new deferred action programs and continue pushing for immigration reform with a road map to citizenship, while raising grave concerns about enforcement programs that undermine workers’ rights and destroy communities. 

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Yuri Kochiyama.

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Worker Wins Update: Workers Score Victories in Pay and Organizing, Help Others in Community

Photo courtesy Eric Garcetti on Flickr

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. 

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Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Jim Kenney, a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter, won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia after running a campaign as a strong raising wages champion. Once considered a long shot to win the primary, Kenney's victory joins a growing list of candidates who win elections by focusing on lifting workers up and creating pathways to the American Dream. In 2013, union member Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral race and Bill de Blasio won in New York City after similarly advocating strongly on behalf of working families.

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Trumka: America's Working Families Need Action on Currency Manipulation

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Last week I issued a statement on the importance of packaging the customs bill with Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance if senators actually were serious about strengthening U.S. trade enforcement. 

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Jose Antonio Vargas.

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Reese Witherspoon Said What? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Reese Witherspoon on Twitter

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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UAW Chaplaincy Program Champions Compassion and Caring

UAW Chaplaincy Program Champions Compassion and Caring

One of the lesser-known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union—compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at UAW Local 599 in Flint, Mich. At the time, many UAW members—particularly those in the auto industry—were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis.  

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Union Sportsmen Raise $75,000 for Conservation Efforts

USA’s third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot set a new participation record with 125 shooters and guests.

Building on previous years' success, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot raised $75,000, shattering the previous year's total by $10,000. The event, held in Port Republic, N.J., included 125 shooters and guests; and proceeds will go to USA's conservation efforts. Among the record number of participants were 14 active duty and retired service members and five youth.

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