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Infrastructure Condition a ‘Scandal,’ Threatens U.S. Economy, says AFL-CIO Executive Council

Infrastructure Condition a ‘Scandal,’ Threatens U.S. Economy, says AFL-CIO Executive Council

To keep the United States strong and to ensure the foundation of the economy is sound, the nation’s leaders “must begin by rebuilding the infrastructure that thrust the United States into the modern era but now is out of date and falling apart,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved Wednesday at its summer meeting in Washington, D.C., at the AFL-CIO headquarters. The council said:

Political gridlock has turned the United States from the nation that led every major advance in public economic development—in rail and transit, roads, sewers, utilities, aviation, shipping and so much more—into a nation that can’t find the will to lead in the 21st century. 

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Executive Council Says New Coal Dust Standard Will ‘Save Miners’ Lives’

Executive Council Says New Coal Dust Standard Will ‘Save Miners’ Lives’

A new standard that limits miners’ exposure to the coal dust that causes black lung “will save miners’ lives,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved today at the council’s summer meeting at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Leading by Example: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Keith Allison 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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The Top 10 Reasons Why Some Folks Claim We Don't Need Unions Anymore. Bless Their Hearts

The Top 10 Reasons Why Some Folks Claim We Don't Need Unions Anymore. Bless Their Hearts

Hat tip to cartoonist Barry Deutsch and the Workonomics team at Upworthy for lifting up this gem of a comic. 

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Can Small Victories Lead to Large Victories? Winners and Losers of the Week

Can Small Victories Lead to Large Victories? Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

It's a simple message but it resonated strongly with the Netroots Nation crowd: "When workers stick together, they can't lose." This morning, two panels highlighting the importance of collective action sparked lively conversations with Netroots Nation goers at the Cobo Center in Detroit. 

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Janet Yellen, Organizing in the South and Women Workers Bargaining Collectively Highlight Netroots Nation Labor Panels

Janet Yellen, Organizing in the South and Women Workers Bargaining Collectively Highlight Netroots Nation Labor Panels

The annual Netroots Nation convention for progressive bloggers and activists will be held in Detroit this year, with a strong selection of labor panels, including the rise of Janet Yellen as the chair of the Federal Reserve, worker organizing in the South and how the original way to "lean in" is by worker solidarity and collective action. The full schedule of panels and speeches, which includes appearances by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, can be found online.

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Oh, No, Not this Guy Again: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Wisconsin AFL-CIO

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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Teachers Convene at National Convention in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy @Social_ChAN_ge Twitter

Starting tomorrow in Los Angeles, teachers from all around the country will be arriving in Los Angeles for the AFT convention. AFT President Randi Weingarten will preside over a convention that will feature speakers like Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.); Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.); California Gov. Jerry Brown; Tom Torlakson, who is running for California superintendent of public instruction against an opponent funded by corporate "reformers"; the Rev. William Barber, the driving force behind North Carolina's Moral Mondays; and, most importantly, the teachers who work hard every day to educate the country's future generations. The convention runs through Monday morning.

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That's Not Funny: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart 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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