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West Virginia, the Latest Battlefront in the Conservative Assault on Working People

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The story is very familiar. It comes right out of the extreme, pro-corporate playbook. In this case, literally.

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The Costs of New Jersey's Alternative Pension Investments Are Unjustified

The Costs of New Jersey's Alternative Pension Investments Are Unjustified

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech responded to the State Investment Council’s 2015 Annual Report, condemning the exorbitant fees paid to Wall Street firms.

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Florida: It Is Time to Show State Workers Some Respect

Florida: It Is Time to Show State Workers Some Respect

Florida is a large and diverse state. In the time and distance it takes to drive from Pensacola to Key West, you could drive from Madison, Wis., to Washington, D.C. During those more than 12 hours of non-stop driving, more than 400 more people would have moved into the country's third most populated state.

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With Gov. Snyder Failing to Fix the Problem, Working People Step Up in Flint Water Crisis

With Gov. Snyder Failing to Fix the Problem, Working People Step Up in Flint Water Crisis

Union members have been helping vulnerable Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis.

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Pro Right to Work Politicians in West Virginia Attack Working People on the State Senate Floor

West Virginia state Sen. Robert Karnes (R) doesn't think too highly of everyday working people trying to create a better life and earn wages to sustain a family on. In fact, he called the concerned citizens who attended a recent "right to work" bill debate "free riders." Watch the video above.

Karnes is one of the Republicans in leadership in the West Virginia Senate pushing a bill that out-of-state corporate CEOs just love. One that would lower wages, make workplaces less safe, increase poverty and lower access to adequate health care. It's clear the Republican leaders don't think too highly of West Virginia's working people. 

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Working People (and the Facts) Stand Up to Right to Work Push in West Virginia

That didn't take long. As the West Virginia Legislature opened Wednesday, the first bill out of the gates was "right to work" legislation that does nothing more than attack the rights of working people. As the video above shows, workers weren't happy about the proposal and flooded the Capitol to express their opposition to the dangerous bill.

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In the States Roundup

In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.

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3 Key Things Wrong with Nikki Haley’s Job Record

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave the Republican Party's response to Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech last night. The rebuttal is often used as a way to introduce rising stars on the political scene to a national audience, so clearly, Republican Party leaders think Haley has a bright future. The problem is that her past isn't that bright. Her record as governor of South Carolina is the wrong kind of agenda for working families. Here are three key things you should know about that that show how wrong Haley's job record is.

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Labor's Winter of Discontent in Kentucky? Maybe Not

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Despite the departure of four of their own, Kentucky House Democrats should be able to keep the Republican "right to work" wolf away from organized labor’s door. Prevailing wage repeal, another long-cherished Republican goal, also faces an unlikely future in the South's only Democratic-majority legislative chamber.

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Holiday Spotlight: Make it Union in the Bay Area

Holiday Spotlight: Make it Union in the Bay Area

As we enter the home stretch of the holiday season, there are many ways for thoughtful San Francisco residents and visitors to have fun while making their communities better, instead of battling fellow shoppers for those desperate last-minute gifts. Whether it’s visiting the theater, the zoo or even Six Flags, residents and visitors to the City by the Bay have plenty of opportunities to support good, local jobs while having fun over the holidays.

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