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I’m the AFL-CIO’s deputy director of public affairs for publications, Web and broadcast. Prior to joining the AFL-CIO in 1997, I served as publications director at the nonprofit Children’s Defense Fund for 12 years. I began my career as a newspaper reporter in Southwest Florida, and since have written, edited and managed production of advocacy materials— including newsletters, books, brochures, booklets, fliers, calendars, websites, posters and direct response mail and e-mail—to support economic and social justice campaigns. In June 2001, I received a B.A. in Labor Studies from the National Labor College. Most important: I’m the very proud mom of a spectacular daughter.

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6.5 Million Union Women: A Powerful Voice

6.5 Million Union Women: A Powerful Voice

The “union difference” for women isn’t just about dollars and cents, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler told Progressive Congress last week. At a When Women Succeed America Succeeds luncheon held by the nonprofit foundation associated with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Shuler said the 6.5 million women in U.S. unions also use their voice on the job to improve benefits, lift working conditions in whole industries and make progressive change in politics and legislation.

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Why Unions Matter

Why Unions Matter

Millions of unemployed and underemployed college graduates are learning the hard truth that a degree does not guarantee a job. “Coupled with the extraordinary spike in college tuition, the flagging economy that welcomed Millennials into the workforce means that not only are our young people graduating with far fewer opportunities for high-paying jobs, but they are coming out of college with mountains of debt,” writes Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, in The Huffington Post

That’s why it’s important that young people understand the value unions have had in building our nation and still have today.

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113,000 Jobs Added in January

113,000 Jobs Added in January

The economy added 113,000 jobs in January—far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.6%, compared with December’s 6.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released this statement after a procedural vote on extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits failed in the Senate:

Today the Senate once again failed to approve an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, 40 days after the benefit was allowed to lapse. The bill fell short by one Republican vote. 

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The Thing the Pope, Beyoncé and Everyone Is Talking About

Photo via MomsRising/Flickr

In her debut blog post at MomsRising.org, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler discusses "something everyone seems to be talking about, from the pope to Beyoncé: economic inequality."

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Women's Bureau Is Listening

Women's Bureau Is Listening

Fifty years after its release of a major report on the status of women, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau wants to hear the experiences of working women today. 

Tell your brief story here

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It's About the Kids, Too

Take a look at these two adorable children and their devoted dad—and you’ll know why America’s working families need paid family leave

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To the Rescue in Toledo

Red Cross volunteers, photos by Red Cross.

What happened when about 165 elderly residents and residents with disabilities had to be evacuated from their Toledo, Ohio, apartments because of a top-floor water main break earlier this month? Union members and the Toledo Region of the American Red Cross came to the rescue. UAW Local 12 opened its hall to those in need of shelter. Volunteers who pitched in to help included members of the UAW, the Ohio Nurses Association, UFCW—and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) members, who transported the displaced residents to the shelter. 

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House Passes Lopsided Budget Deal

House Passes Lopsided Budget Deal

In a 332–94 vote, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday night that averts another government shutdown and temporarily relieves some sequestration budget cuts but leaves long-term jobless workers out in the cold and inflicts further harm on federal workers, who have sacrificed more than enough to budget-cutting already.

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FAMILY Act: 'Good for Everyone'

FAMILY Act: 'Good for Everyone'

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, introduced today by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), will "grant families access to the paid leave they so desperately need" and "improve job security for all families who have to choose between caring for a family member and a paycheck at times of greatest stress," says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement. 

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