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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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Happy New Year from America's Unions

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America's unions wish you a safe and happy New Year. What are your hopes for 2015? Log in and comment below. 

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The Top 10 AFL-CIO Now Blog Stories of 2014

The Top 10 AFL-CIO Now Blog Stories of 2014

While the AFL-CIO Now blog team takes a break for the holidays, we wanted to share with you the 10 most popular stories of 2014. Wishing you safe and happy holidays and new year!

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Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy holidays from the AFL-CIO, America's unions. In case you missed it, there were a lot of great videos and stories this year about the importance of raising wages, collective action, unions and economic and social justice. 

Check out some of these stories on Upworthy's Workonomics channel.

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Only One Day Left to Vote for Your Union Brothers and Sisters in the Sportsman Choice Awards!

Sunday, Nov. 30, is the last chance to vote online at the Sportsman Channel website. "Brotherhood Outdoors" is up for three awards: Best Variety Show, Best Educational/Instructional Show and Best Hosts (for Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen). One of the best parts about voting is that you are eligible to enter the Union Sportsmen Alliance's Cast and Blast package giveaway

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Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Workers Unite All Over the World, Taking on Walmart's Corporate Greed

Ten countries participated in a global day of action yesterday, supporting the Walmart strikers and workers speaking out for better conditions at the mega retailer. 

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Sexual Harassment: What Does It Have to Do with Living Off Tips?

What is it like living off tips as a woman in the service industry? Check out the latest video from Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. 

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'I Miscarried on Walmart's Property'

Courageous current and former Walmart workers are calling on the mega retailer to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers including lighter duties where medically necessary and being able to drink water or sit down while at work. They formed a group called "Respect the Bump," which made huge strides earlier this year when Walmart announced it would make accommodations for workers with complicated pregnancies, including lighter duties when medically necessary. 

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Former Massey Energy CEO Indicted

For those of you who have been following the Massey Energy story, the Mine Workers (UMWA) passed along this news yesterday: U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Donald L. Blankenship, former chief executive officer of Massey Energy Co., with four criminal offenses. The indictment charges Blankenship with conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and securities fraud.

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Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

If you're in Iowa and following the U.S. Senate race, you may have heard about Senate candidate Joni Ernst's thoughts on Social Security...and they're pretty alarming. 

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Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

A group of Walmart workers marched today from the AFL-CIO to the Washington, D.C., Walton Family Foundation's offices to deliver more signatures from 1,710 Walmart stores in all 50 states asking Walmart to publicly commit to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time hours. 

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