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Musicians Call on Lionsgate to Stop Taking Taxpayer Dollars to Score Movies Overseas

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Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) are speaking out against movie studios that accept tax credits to film in the United States, then create the scores for those films overseas. Lionsgate, for instance, had revenue last year of $2.7 billion, millions of which came from tax credits—yet it paid musicians less money in Macedonia to score such films as the recent Kevin Costner film "Draft Day." AFM says its members’ total earnings from scoring movies have fallen by half since 2007.

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Pittsburgh Adjunct Faculty Votes to Join USW

Pittsburgh Adjunct Faculty Votes to Join USW

Part-time professors at Pittsburgh's Point Park University have voted to join the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers (AFA-USW). The votes were counted this morning by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Tell Nissan that Workers' Rights Are Human Rights

Tell Nissan that Workers' Rights Are Human Rights

Working families in Mississippi will be standing up for their rights Friday and telling automaker Nissan that workers deserve a fair union election and the right to bargain for fairness in the workplace. Actor and activist Danny Glover will participate in a student-led rally outside the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. He will be joined by a coalition that includes Concerned Students for a Better Nissan, the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance, the UAW, the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan and civil rights veterans.

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Meet Some of the Women Attending the White House Working Families Summit

Meet Some of the Women Attending the White House Working Families Summit

Today more than 250 women workers and labor participants are in Washington, D.C., at AFL-CIO headquarters preparing to share their stories at the White House Working Families summit Monday. 

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Casa Latina Makes History, Becomes First Worker Center to Join Executive Board of State AFL-CIO Body

Casa Latina Makes History, Becomes First Worker Center to Join Executive Board of State AFL-CIO Body

In Washington State, Casa Latina made history in becoming the first worker center to join the executive board of the state AFL-CIO body. Cariño Barragan Talancon, a Casa Latina staff member, was appointed to the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Executive Board as the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement representative. In May, she was sworn in and attended her first meeting. Casa Latina is a worker center and Seattle-based nonprofit that works to educate, assist and empower Latino and immigrant workers. The WSLC affiliated Casa Latina in 2009 and have worked closely in partnership for several years. Earlier this year, Casa Latina also joined forces with the Martin Luther King County Labor Council in Seattle.

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Support Long Island Rail Workers this Saturday

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On Saturday, June 21, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers, who have been without a contract for four years, and their supporters will rally in Massapequa, N.Y., telling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to bargain fairly with them. The LIRR workers are members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). Their previous contract expired in 2010, and the MTA is demanding benefit cuts and other concessions and has rejected recommendations from federal mediators that would have ended the dispute. 

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Never Felt so Good: Michael Jackson's New Music Video with Justin Timberlake Features Dancers with a Union Contract

We already know Justin Timberlake is awesome for negotiating a fair union contract with the dancers on his 20/20 Experience World Tour—the first touring contract of its kind for SAG-AFTRA tour dancers—but now Dancers' Alliance informs us Michael Jackson's new music video with Timberlake, "Love Never Felt so Good," features dancers covered by a union contract. 

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Colleges Need to Step Up Efforts to Aid Adjuncts and Athletes

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I graduated with a master's in political science from Florida State University in December of 2000 but wasn't sure what career path I wanted to take at that point.  I had been working part-time as an office assistant and knew I wanted to do more when I was offered a chance to teach a college class as an adjunct at Tallahassee Community College. Reluctantly I accepted, since the idea of getting up in front of students and talking for an hour or more every day was a scary concept. I quickly realized that I loved teaching and that, in reality, the scary part of teaching was working as an adjunct.

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Collective Action: It's How Working Families Win!

Collective Action: It's How Working Families Win!

Women make up the majority of tipped and minimum wage workers. Child care costs are a huge barrier for families, and retail hours and scheduling make it difficult for working parents to make enough to survive. Women still earn less on the dollar than their male counterparts. More than four in 10 private-sector workers—and more than 80% of low-wage workers—do not have paid sick days. What century are we in?

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On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

Image via the National Domestic Workers Alliance

By caring for our homes and loved ones, domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. Unfortunately, the important labor of some 100 million domestic workers worldwide frequently goes unrecognized. In fact, domestic workers are vulnerable to labor exploitation, sexual assault and even forced labor and trafficking because they are mainly women, their workplace is behind closed doors and, in many places, they still are not covered under labor laws. In the United States, domestic workers are excluded from the most basic fairness and safety regulations on the job, including minimum wage and hour laws.

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