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Guatemalan Workers Get Support from Unlikely Source: Global Clothing Brands

Guatemalan workers received support from an unexpected quarter this week. A group of global clothing brands (including the Gap, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Under Armour, American Eagle, Adidas, PVH and PF) and an association to which they are affiliated with, the Fair Labor Association, wrote to the Government of Guatemala to urge it to move swiftly to reach a satisfactory resolution to a complaint filed four years ago by the AFL-CIO and six Guatemalan unions under DR-CAFTA (the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement). 

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Romney's Economic Policies: Stale and Failed

Romney's Economic Policies: Stale and Failed

In a televised panel discussion yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka handily put Mitt Romney’s economic polices into perspective: stale and failed.

Countering comments by Romney economic adviser Vin Weber that corporate taxes need to be lowered and deregulation pushed forward, Trumka noted that George W. Bush followed that same prescription with the result that after his eight years as president,

there were fewer jobs in America when he left office then when he came into office. If those were such a great prescription, why did they almost destroy the economy?

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Calif. Young Workers Initiative Trains Tomorrow’s IBEW Leaders

Calif. Young Workers Initiative Trains Tomorrow’s IBEW Leaders

The one-two punch of a crippling recession and widespread anti-worker legislation has left many working families in the United States and Canada battered and on the ropes.

But many young IBEW members are just lacing up their gloves for round two.

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Who Had a Swiss Bank Account and Outsources U.S. Jobs?

Bob Fertik

Check out this fun—and true—graphic from Bob Fertik—and pass it on. (Follow Bob on Twitter @BobFertik.)

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Let Them Eat Yachts

Low-wage workers are invisible to Mitt. (jpmatth)

Great catch by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

The top new frustration facing the world’s super-rich? That may be, suggests The Wall Street Journal, “too many giant yachts and not enough places to park them.”

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Arizona Private Prisons, 1 - Troubled Homeowners, 0

The Republican majority in the Arizona House just voted to approve a budget, a compromise with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, that critics say underfunds education, health care and public safety. But the most shocking item in the budget proposal is a plan to transfer $50 million from funds intended to help homeowners facing foreclosure to the private prison industry. Worse, some Republican legislators want to "save money" by removing auditing and oversight from private prison contractors.

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13 Workers Killed Each Day on the Job in 2010

Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council Honored Killed and Injured Workers at this memorial.

Each day in 2010, 13 workers on average were killed on the job—some 4,690 workers—and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the AFL-CIO's annual report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.” Released today, the report shows the number of those who died in 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available) is up from the 4,551 people who perished in 2009. This trend has continued since 2004, the first year in a decade that saw the number of deaths on the job increase.

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