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Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day we come together to remember working people who died and suffered on the job because of hazardous working conditions. In 2014, 4,821 people died on the job, millions more suffered serious injuries from their work, and thousands more working people become ill from deadly occupational diseases. These deaths are preventable.

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New AFL-CIO Trade Video Warns That TPP Would Double Down on NAFTA’s Economic Devastation

The AFL-CIO released a video today showing firsthand the devastating economic impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership could have on communities across the country. When global companies move jobs offshore to take advantage of trade deals, they not only destroy jobs, they suppress wages, deprive local governments of needed resources and leave working families behind. 

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Trump and Veterans

Trump and Veterans

Check out this video of Union Veterans Council Director Will Fischer cutting through the rhetoric and lifting up where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump really stands when it comes to veterans. 

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Working People in Unions Stand with LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters Against Discrimination

Working People in Unions Stand with LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters Against Discrimination

Let's be clear about North Carolina's H.B. 2 and other "bathroom laws" popping up in states that would bar transgender people from using the restroom facility of their identified gender: We won't stand for it. 

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The Department of Education Just Did Something Major for Americans with Disabilities

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Starting yesterday, more than 387,000 people began finding out they qualify for complete forgiveness of their existing federal student loan debt.

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$15 an Hour Is Only Part of the Answer

$15 an Hour Is Only Part of the Answer

This past week, two of this country’s biggest states, California and New York, took monumental steps to combat income inequality in America. Both passed legislation to increase their minimum wage to $15 an hour in the coming years. That’s more than double the paltry $7.25 an hour guaranteed by the federal government. More than 9 million working people will benefit from higher wages and larger paychecks. This is really life-altering.

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American Enterprise Institute Creates a Fantasy About Runaway CEO Pay

American Enterprise Institute Creates a Fantasy About Runaway CEO Pay

Once again, the right-wing neoconservatives at the American Enterprise Institute have created their alternative version of reality regarding runaway CEO pay levels. AEI claims that the average pay for chief executives was a mere $220,700 in 2015.

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End of Pfizer-Allergan Merger Could Save U.S. Taxpayers Billions

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The withdrawal by New York-based pharma giant Pfizer of a proposed merger with Irish company Allergan could save U.S. taxpayers billions. If the merger had been completed under the Treasury Department's old rules, Pfizer could have dodged paying $35 billion in taxes on $150 billion in overseas profits. In 2014, Treasury revised rules to make it harder for corporations to use the process called "inversion" to avoid paying taxes in the United States. The AFL-CIO recently joined more than 50 organizations that sent a letter to the Treasury calling for stiffer rules on inversion so that companies are required to pay their fair share.

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Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Labor's final fiduciary ruling.

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Let's Get Serious About Mass Incarceration

Let's Get Serious About Mass Incarceration

Mass incarceration is an important issue for working people. These policies have devastated communities of color, weakened our movement, and made the job of law enforcement and corrections officers more dangerous. It's time that we have a deeper conversation about mass incarceration and pursue policy changes that will improve the lives of those who are presently or formerly incarcerated, their families, and our brothers and sisters who work in prisons. Mass incarceration has become a big business whose product is low wages and blighted lives, and the time has come for us to do something about it.

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