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AFL-CIO, CLC Denounce ‘Corporate Power Grabs’ Like ISDS in Trade Deals

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On Monday, the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) reaffirmed their “cross-border cooperation in the struggle for people and planet-centered trade,” especially in three pending trade deals that would grant corporations “extraordinary legal rights” and power over each nation’s legal system.

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Our Children Are Our Future. Or Are They?

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An “old school” demonstration Friday on Capitol Hill by American college students protested proposed cuts by House Republicans to Pell Grants that help our children afford college. I use the phrase “our children” because it is a well-worn phrase “our children are our future.” House Republicans appear to believe they are not “our children,” but your children; and you had better figure out how to get them educated because they are your problem, not our future. This is carrying the case for individualism to an absurd level.

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Speaking Out Against Bad Trade Deals

More and more Americans are speaking out against the potential dangers of international trade deals for working families. Here are two great recent examples of this for your reading pleasure.

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The Serious Republican Presidential Candidates Are Scrambling to See Who Hates the Minimum Wage the Most

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During a stop in South Carolina this week, former Florida Gov. (and potential Republican presidential candidate) Jeb Bush came out in opposition to the federal minimum wage.  Although his spokespeople later dialed back the rhetoric, Bush initially said...

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Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

In recent years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been under attack from Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who are trying to privatize the constitutionally required service to benefit wealthy campaign donors with the support of anti-government extremists. The men and women who work at the USPS, and their unions, however, are fighting back.

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Flawed Trade Deals Will Tarnish Obama's Pro-Jobs Legacy

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Editor’s Note: In Cleveland yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered a major address on the economy, jobs, manufacturing, trade and Fast Track. Here’s Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga’s response.

President Obama has enacted policies that have benefited Ohio’s economy and helped strengthen our middle class. His decision to rescue the auto industry has meant the world to many local economies across the state, saving thousands of family-supporting, middle-class jobs. It was the right decision at the right time, a decision made for all the right reasons. 

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House Republican Budget: Same Old Cuts, Same Old Tricks

House Republicans on Tuesday released their budget proposal that privatizes Medicare, cuts Medicaid, repeals the Affordable Care Act, and slashes vital nutrition and family assistance programs. At the same time, it cuts taxes on the wealthy, capital gains and multinational corporations. It also is full of accounting tricks and gimmicks so that Republicans can claim it balances the budget.

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Education Company Pearson Spies on Students' Social Media Accounts

Education Company Pearson Spies on Students' Social Media Accounts

While Pearson doesn't publish George Orwell's "1984," it sure seems like the education publishing and testing giant is using the classic novel as a blueprint for running its testing programs these days. Ostensibly to prevent cheating, Pearson has been spying on the social media accounts of students and reporting activity they find as questionable to local school administrators, according to recent news stories. The story broke when the superintendent of a New Jersey school emailed her colleagues after discovering the monitoring. The AFT has since reacted with shock and is calling upon Pearson to end the practice.

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Trumka to Address Trade, TPP in Live Webcast Today

Trumka to Address Trade, TPP in Live Webcast Today

In a live webcast today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will discuss U.S. trade policy and American workers. The address and follow-up discussion will begin at 12:15 p.m. EDT from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The webcast will be available here.

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Trumka: Right to Work Like Zombies from ‘The Walking Dead’

Trumka: Right to Work Like Zombies from ‘The Walking Dead’

“America is demanding a raising wages economy, but that idea is under severe assault because of a push by some politicians to take America in the opposite direction with right to work,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes in an op-ed in today’s USA Today.

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