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Jackie Tortora

I'm the blog editor and social media manager at the AFL-CIO. Interviewing union musicians was my introduction to the labor movement. My first job after graduating college was in Syracuse, New York, where I wrote and edited the International Musician, the monthly magazine for the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts brought me to Washington, D.C., where I spent two years as a new media coordinator at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. I came to the AFL-CIO in the summer of 2012, just in time to re-elect President Barack Obama. When I'm not tweeting about America's unions, it's likely I'm watching Syracuse basketball and football. 

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223,000 New Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Edges down to 5.3%

The economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment dipped to 5.3% from May's 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). April and May job creation numbers were revised down by 60,000.

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South Carolina AFL-CIO and Working Families Send Condolences to the Families and Friends of Victims of the Charleston Shooting

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Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program Gives Graduates a Path to the Middle Class

The 8,000-member Steamfitters Local 638, which performs pipe fitting and fire protection work throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties, graduated 20 steamfitters from its rigorous five-year apprenticeship program on Thursday, June 11.

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Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Hat tip to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan (also a new member of the Writers Guild of America, East), for lifting up the latest research that shows union members earn more money than their nonunion counterparts. 

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House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

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Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

We're in the home stretch to stop bad trade deals that lower our wages and ship our jobs overseas. But we need you to join us in taking action. 

We're flooding our representatives' phones today asking them to vote "No" on all trade bills. 

Call today: 1-855-712-8441. It's easy and takes less than one minute.

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We're Dying to Know How TPP Will Help America's Workers

How will America's workers benefit from Fast Track trade deals and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Hear from former Baltimore steelworker Michael Lewis and call Congress today to stop Fast Track: 1-855-712-8441.

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It's Time to 'Ban the Box'

It's Time to 'Ban the Box'

A mistake from the past shouldn’t become a life sentence to joblessness.

But every day across America, hardworking and highly qualified men and women on the job hunt are instead finding their path blocked by hiring barriers because of an arrest or conviction from the past.

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Let's Stop Fast Track Right in Its Tracks

We mobilized to call our representatives in Congress last week to stop Fast Track trade deals that lower wages and ship U.S. jobs overseas. 

Let's keep up the pressure. 

Call your representative today: 1-855-712-8441. 

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280,000 New Jobs in May, Jobless Rate Remains Essentially Unchanged at 5.5%

280,000 New Jobs in May, Jobless Rate Remains Essentially Unchanged at 5.5%

The economy added 280,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged from April at 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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