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To Vote or to Use the Restroom Should Not Be the Question: Winners and Losers of the Week

Hunger strikers praying for the release of their loved ones ansd to stop deportations. Photo via Twitter

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 people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whomever or whatever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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When You Hear Someone Say Americans Are Lazy, Smack Them with a Printout of This Right Here

When it comes to laws mandating paid time off, we lag behind much of the industrialized world, especially for maternity leave and vacation time. Why is that, do you think?

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The Supremes Flirt with Oligarchy: 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 people 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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Made in America: Union-Made Easter and Passover

Made in America: Union-Made Easter and Passover

Easter’s still a ways off, but if you want to get a head start on a union-made-in-America treat-filled Easter basket and other accoutrements, here’s a good place to start from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Passover begins this year at sundown April 14 and runs through April 22. As you plan your holiday observances, here are some union-made-in-America recipe ingredients and drinks you may want to include in your seder and throughout Passover. 

Want more union-made-in-America shopping lists? Text MADE to 235246. 

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Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Joe Loong 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 Simpsons Figured It Out: There are Plenty of Reasons to Expand Public Transit

A recent episode of "The Simpsons" shed some new light on the public transit system in Springfield, USA. According to the Atlantic Cities blog, the last we saw of the Springfield Transit Authority’s subway system—a simplistic loop, reminiscent of Detroit’s People Mover—it was mostly out of service.

And while this subway might not have a place in fans’ hearts like its poorly planned Monorail does…

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See the 'Cesar Chavez' Movie, Then Urge Obama to Establish Chávez National Day of Service

The new bio-pic "Cesar Chavez," about the legendary founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) farm labor movement and influential labor leader, opens today nationwide. The opening comes just days before his March 31 birthday, which is celebrated as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas and recognized in many other states with celebrations and volunteer public service events.

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Actor James Rebhorn Penned His Own Obituary, Thanked His Union Family

Image via David Shankbone/Wikimedia

Actor James Rebhorn, who many know from the TV series "Homeland" (I personally love his performance as the father of the groom in "Meet the Parents"), passed away last week after a more than 10-year battle with skin cancer. Rebhorn had written his own obituary, which you can view on his New Jersey church's website.

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Thanks, Diddy! 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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Massachusetts Fire Fighters Sing 'Let It Go' to Calm a Scared Girl Stuck in an Elevator

Massachusetts Fire Fighters Sing 'Let It Go' to Calm a Scared Girl Stuck in an Elevator

Members of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1640 of Reading, Mass., not only rescued a four-year-old girl, her mom and younger brother from being stuck in an elevator, but they serenaded her with the song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" to alleviate her fears. 

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