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Fast Track Was Just the Beginning...

All I can say is: wow. I’ve been working on stopping Fast Track for years now and I can tell you that—even though Congress pulled some last-minute political maneuvering to get Fast Track passed last month—we beat all the odds and changed the game. And we did it together.

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Well Past Time to Update Overtime: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy swanksalot on Flickr

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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Join Richard Trumka in Telling the Labor Department to Fix Overtime Pay

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled proposed revisions to federal overtime pay rules, which have eroded significantly since 1975. In this video, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls on the Labor Department to update the rules in order to benefit the lives of millions of working families in the United States. Please join us and submit your own comment.

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Happy July 4! Let’s Keep It Made in America

UFCW members Tanya Mounts and Jackie Darr add the grommets to a large American flag at Annin’s Coshocton, Ohio, plant.

In honor of America’s birthday, July 4, for the past week we have been highlighting a wide range of union-made-in-America products and services. In case you are online this Independence Day, between parades, barbecues and fireworks, here’s a recap of our featured made-in-America products, from beer to tires to vacations and more.

Don’t forget to check out the vintage commercials in the posts.

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Made in America: Pet Treats and Products

Want to give your dog a bone? Give Fido one made in America by union workers who make Milk-Bone. Members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 36G and Machinists (IAM) Local 330 in Buffalo, N.Y., produce a variety of sizes, flavors and biscuits, including Flavor Snacks, Healthy Favorites, Soft and Chewy Dog Snacks and other assorted Milk-Bone-branded dog treats.

 

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7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

7 Key Facts to Keep in Mind about Walmart’s 'U.S. Manufacturing Summit'

It’s been two and a half years since Walmart announced its so-called “U.S. manufacturing initiative,” which means it’s time for another PR-heavy, Walmart manufacturing “summit,” this one in Bentonville, Ark., on July 7 and 8. Undoubtedly, Walmart will use the summit to deliver feel-good talking points to the media, so this seems like a good time to review some facts about Walmart’s impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, past, present and future. Here are seven things we hope you’ll keep in mind when reporting on Walmart and American manufacturing (after the jump).

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What’s Going on with Overtime? Glad you Asked.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor proposed an update to outdated overtime rules that could benefit millions of hard-working Americans. You may have a lot of questions about what the proposal is and how it might affect you and your family. Here are the answers to those questions (after the jump). 

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223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment dipped to 5.3% from May's 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). April and May job creation numbers were revised down by 60,000.

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Take a Made-in-America Vacation

What could be more “Made in America” than a good old USA summer vacation that’s union made, too? Here are some tips from Union Plus.

 

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Race and the Labor Movement Town Hall Draws More Than 300 Attendees

AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department Program Coordinator Tiffany Dena Loftin

On Monday, the AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department and the NAACP DC Branch hosted the first Race and the Labor Movement Town Hall. In light of the recent racial injustices in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and most recently the brutal racially motivated killings in Charleston, S.C., the town hall provided a space for an open conversation on race and the role it plays in the lives of millions of workers across the country. 

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