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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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Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Summer’s about gone, and kids and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.

Back-to-school isn't the most fun time of year, but it is especially hard for teachers and students when there are billionaire families, like the Walmart-owning Waltons, gearing up to use their riches to attack public education and shift much-needed resources to for-profit corporate schools.

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The Elections Are Coming

The Elections Are Coming

As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. 

What issues will be on  your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. 

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Now THIS Is What We Call the Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

Leave it to union members to take the meaning of the word "solidarity" to a whole other level. Hat tip to Bridget Nee-Walsh, a staff member of the Ironworkers, for sharing this video on Facebook of union building trades members doing a collective "ice bucket challenge."

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Have You Ever Heard of the Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened

For you labor history buffs, Upworthy has a special treat. As part of the Workonomics series that examines the importance of collective action and economic policy that lifts working people and shines a light on inequality, labor history now has its own miniseries

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Not a Union Member But Love the Labor Movement? Join Working America

Not a Union Member But Love the Labor Movement? Join Working America

Many people don't have access to a union on the job, but support workers' rights and the labor movement. 

In case you haven't heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy.

Become part of the labor movement and join Working America today

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What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

May 2013 Fast Food Strike in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Cathy Sherwin.

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

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What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

Union Summer interns were pretty busy this summer at sites all over the United States. Check out some highlights in the photo slideshow (after the jump). 

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Make the Union Choice, Switch to AT&T Wireless

Make the Union Choice, Switch to AT&T Wireless

Many union members choose to buy union-made food, gifts and other products, but did you also know you can make the union choice when it comes to your wireless provider?

All dues-paying union members and their families are eligible for AT&T’s 15% monthly discount on select monthly wireless plans. Additionally, Union Plus Credit Card holders are eligible to receive up to a $100 rebate on the purchase of a new smartphone, as well as up to a $150 rebate when switching from competing wireless providers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile.

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What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

Photo via popofatticus/Flickr

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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Ga. Governor Agrees His State Is Great for Business Because Workers Are Cheap

Here's your rage-inducing video clip of the day. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal agrees in a CNBC interview his state is a real "deal" for businesses because workers are paid so little. Oh yeah, he directly ties this with being a "right to work" state. 

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