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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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A Pizza Shop Owner Wrote a Facebook Post About Locked-Out Union Members. Then Something Amazing Happened

It's good to be union. Especially when your family is by your side. 

Check out this video from the United Steelworkers (USW) about Maddio's Pizza and Subs owner Matt Struhar who wrote a Facebook post in solidarity with the locked-out steelworkers at ATI Technologies a few weeks ago. 

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What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions. 

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Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

How are working people going to be affected by an economy focused around technology, automation and contingent work?

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Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.

Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. 

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China’s Currency Devaluation Deepens Unfair Trade Practices

China’s Currency Devaluation Deepens Unfair Trade Practices

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement after China’s latest currency manipulation:

China’s recent currency devaluation—by nearly 4% on Tuesday and Wednesday—provides further confirmation that the failure to include enforceable currency disciplines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves a gaping hole in U.S. trade policy.

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Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91

Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91

Longtime stage, TV and movie actor, as well as former president of the Actors' Equity (AEA), Theodore Bikel passed away at age 91 on July 21, 2015. 

Aside from famous stage roles, including Captain von Trapp in the "Sound of Music," Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," Bikel was a tireless advocate for actors and their right to a union voice on the job. He served as president of Actors’ Equity  from 1973–1982 and was the longtime president of the Actors and Artistes (4As).

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Our Tax System Should Serve Main Street, Not Wall Street

We're all aware that major corporations are raking in serious profits. Working people pay their fair share of taxes, and it makes sense that corporations do the same.

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

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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