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Trump Would Create the Largest Deficit in U.S. History: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Join the Conversation Tuesday: Trading Up from the TPP

On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO will host a conference examining all aspects of U.S. trade policy. It’s called “Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance and Security in U.S. Trade Policy,” and it features leading thinkers on trade policy from across the political spectrum.

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Made in America: Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Union Made

Made in America: Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Union Made

It's Made in America week and we'll be spotlighting a different product area every day so that working families can show their solidarity for their sisters and brothers. First up, we know many of you will be planning barbecues for the Fourth of July.

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Strikes, Mexico and the VA: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

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CSEA Retiree Finds Second Calling in Local Politics

CSEA Retiree Finds Second Calling in Local Politics

Being an active union member is a great way to transform your workplace. But you also might be transformed by the process. We are always working to develop leadership potential in our fellow AFSCME members and support them as they pursue their goals.

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What Working Families Need to Know About the Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

What Working Families Need to Know About the Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the United States v. Texas case was a setback for working families. The court could have cleared the way for millions of hardworking immigrants to finally gain a measure of increased dignity on the job and security in their lives. Instead, hardworking members of our communities, our families and our unions will continue to live in limbo and in fear.

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In the Wake of Deadly Clashes, AFL-CIO Stands with Mexican Teachers Union

At least eight protesters were killed and 53 injured earlier this week in clashes with police in Oaxaca, Mexico, during demonstrations against neoliberal education reforms. The teachers union in Oaxaca has been leading protests this summer against the federal government’s move to impose a national education plan that blankets over indigenous concerns in Oaxaca and imposes teacher evaluations that disadvantage schools in the poor region, as well as attacks against the union, including the controversial arrests of union leaders, mass firings of protesting teachers and the freezing of union bank accounts.

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How Much Does Our Failing Child Care System Cost You?

In the United States, our child care system is failing and this has hidden costs for working families. The typical annual cost for child care for a family with two children (an infant and a four-year-old) is nearly $18,000. That averages to about 30% of the typical working family's paycheck. This cost is so high that many can't afford it and leave the workforce altogether, with 75% of mothers and 50% of fathers in a recent poll saying they either left the workforce or switched to a less-demanding job.

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Faith and Labor: A Reunion for Economic Revival

Faith and Labor: A Reunion for Economic Revival

A remarkable union is about to take place—the partnership between the AFL-CIO and Gamaliel, an interfaith national community organizing network. This partnership reunites two important pillars in American history—faith and working people in unions—and is crucial for the survival of this nation.

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AFL-CIO Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA/DACA Case

After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks:

Today's Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. While we are deeply disappointed by the court's failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.

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