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Cornell Study Shows Partnerships Between Employers, Labor and Community Groups Work

A new study suggests one path to helping people struggling in today’s economy find their way into the middle class, via Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for large-scale construction projects. Among the most successful PLAs, the Cornell University study found, are those that incorporate Community Workforce Agreements born of partnerships between community organizations, unions and employers. Community workforce provisions require the hiring of local residents on construction projects, and often target specific populations, including low-income people, women and veterans.

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Teach-In Highlights Power of Students and Workers Joining Forces

Speaking at tonight’s AFL-CIO National Teach-In on jobs and the economy, Terasia Bradford summed up the sense of the audience and the nation when she said, “The attacks on workers and the attacks on the middle class affect us all.”

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Celebrating Latino Heritage Month

Brenda Loya in AFL-CIO Media Affairs sends us this report.

As a Latina working at the AFL-CIO, I take particular interest in the impact Latinos have had on our nation and on our union movement. I am honored to join my colleagues, labor and community leaders today to celebrate the contributions of Latino working families in the United States.

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Study Finds Traditional Pension More Cost Effective for States and Workers

A new study finds that defined-benefit pension plans are not only preferred by state employees, but  more cost efficient for state governments than defined-contribution plans like 401(k)s.

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Study Finds Project Labor Agreements Open Doors to Middle Class Jobs

Project labor agreements offer a pathway to the middle class by providing job opportunities to low-income communities, minorities, veterans and others, according to a new study by Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School (ILR).

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Equity, Broadway Reach Tentative Agreement

Actors’ Equity (AEA)  and the Broadway League—the national trade association for the Broadway and touring industry—have reached a tentative four-year contract, both sides announced today.

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UAW, Ford Reach Tentative Agreement that Adds Jobs

A tentative four-year agreement between the UAW and Ford Motor Co. will create new jobs and bring back work from overseas, UAW leaders said in a press conference today in Detroit.

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FAA Workers Win Back Pay for Shutdown Furloughs

The 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workers who lost two weeks of pay when they were furloughed during the Republican shutdown of the FAA, will receive back pay, the agency announced Friday.

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Next Up: Young People Take Action to Address Economic Inequality

Emmelle Israel, AFL-CIO Media Outreach fellow, is in Minneapolis for the Next Up Young Workers Summit and sends us this report.

Along with 800 young workers, students, and activists, I marched down the streets of downtown Minneapolis, calling for “Good Jobs Now!” during the 2011 AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit.

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Next Up: What Kind of America Do We Want to Live In?

Ja-Rei Wang, a fellow in the AFL-CIO Public Affairs Department, is taking part in the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit and sends us the latest.

What kind of America do we want to live in? This was the big question raised this morning during the State of the Union plenary, part of the second national Next Up youth summit hosted by AFL-CIO in Minneapolis. Panelists urged the 800 young workers, organizers and students in the room to work together to define their vision for the kind of economically just world they want to live in and to fight for it.

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