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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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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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A Peek into Tom Foley's Past: 'Broke the Back of the Union, the Heart of Their Town'

A Peek into Tom Foley's Past: 'Broke the Back of the Union, the Heart of Their Town'

We've gone over why Tom Foley is bad for Connecticut's working families. He would repeal the state's paid sick days law, opposes raising the state's minimum wage and has a history of laying off workers from the businesses he buys. But a recent Connecticut Post story goes a little deeper, taking a look at a strike at an electrical equipment manufacturer in Chambersburg, Pa., where Foley was an executive. 

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Union-Made in America Halloween Candy Shopping List

Photo via MzScarlett/Flickr

If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, has an extensive list of union-made candies. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. 

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Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

As working people are gearing up to get out and vote Nov. 4, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had this to say on one of the top issues on people's minds:

Raising wages will be a driving force at the polls in the approaching midterm elections. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that will make a difference in the real world—from raising the minimum wage to ensuring that all workers can bargain collectively and make a livable wage. The labor movement stands in strong support of the broad campaign to bring attention to raising wages leading up to and following Oct. 10 [a national day of awareness about raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour], and it’s our responsibility to keep it going.

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From Alaska to Ohio, We Must Get Out the Votes

Nov. 4 is creeping up fast, and working people are knocking on doors, making phone calls and making sure their friends and neighbors are registered to vote so we're electing the kind of candidates who speak for us, not CEOs and corporations. 

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Describe the Koch Brothers in One Word

Our favorite "sisters," the Koch Sisters, are sharing their thoughts on the Koch brothers in just one word. 

What's one word you would use to describe the Koch brothers? Log in and share it in the comments below (keep it clean, folks!).

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This Is an Emergency

Ohio AFL-CIO NextUp members show us their collective student loan debt.

Senate Republicans this month blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June.

Don't they realize "student loan debt is an emergency?" writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler in her recent MomsRising column

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Nurses Stage Massive Protest on Las Vegas Strip, Highlighting Need for Ebola Readiness

Photo via California Nurses/Twitter

Nurses and members of National Nurses United (NNU) staged a massive protest on the Las Vegas strip yesterday, raising concerns that U.S. hospitals are not equipped to handle an Ebola outbreak. 

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