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Union Musicians Score at Academy Awards

Photo courtesy of AFM Local 47's Facebook page.

While the world’s eyes Sunday night were focused on the actors, video clips and red carpet gowns at the 79th Academy Awards show, their ears were being treated to melodies and rhythms—both in the Oscar-winning films and live broadcast—of the members of Professional Musicians/AFM Local 47.

Local 47 members composed and performed on the musical scores of 10 films that received 39 Oscar nominations and won 10 Oscars.

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Passes Statements on Energy, Jobs and Immigration

AFL-CIO officers at the annual Executive Council meeting.

At its February meeting, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, representing 57 affiliate unions, adopted several statements that covered energy and jobs, workers' rights and the National Labor Relations Board and immigration, among other things. 

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Top Hispanic Civil Rights Groups Endorse Global Boycott of Hyatt Hotels

Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hurts Facebook page.

Today the nation’s top Hispanic civil rights groups, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), all came out in support of the global boycott of Hyatt hotels.

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CWA, AT&T Reach Tentative Agreements

Communications Workers of America (CWA) has reached two new tentative agreements with AT&T divisions with some 40,000 CWA members.   

Details of a tentative four-year agreement are being sent to CWA members who work for AT&T Mobility in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The workers are customer service representatives, technicians and retail store workers. Also, the union announced a tentative agreement with AT&T West with about 18,000 CWA members at AT&T operations in California and Nevada.

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Working Families Rally for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship

In rallies across the country, working families made their voices heard this week and let Congress know that they want comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million aspiring Americans.

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Peabody Protests Continue as Report Concludes Patriot Was 'Designed to Fail'

Photo courtesy Cathy Sherwin

Working families are continuing to protest the actions of Peabody Energy, which they say is trying to abandon its responsibility to pay health care costs for thousands of retirees who worked for the company. Labor and faith leaders are joining workers and retirees in a St. Louis rally at the headquarters of Peabody.

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Nissan, You Can Do Better

Betty Jones

Nissan technician Betty Jones sent this message to working family activists today:

I’m a technician at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., and I’m proud to work there. I want our company to succeed, and I never give anything less than my best.
And that’s one of the reasons my co-workers and I are organizing for a voice on the job. We believe that by organizing collectively we can work together with Nissan to make the company and our community better.

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Welcomes New Members, Presents New Charters

Actors' Equity Association (AEA) receives new charter.

The AFL-CIO's Executive Council February meeting kicked off this morning in Orlando, Fla., welcoming two new council members and presenting two new charters for Actors' Equity and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). 

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5 Reasons Why the U.S. Needs a Financial Transactions Tax

Photo from the Think Progress Blog.

A duo of Democratic lawmakers have spent the years since the financial crisis calling for a financial transactions tax, a small fee on individual trades that would slow down markets and make them safer for investors and the country as a whole. Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) introduced legislation that would institute the financial transactions tax again this year, after 11 European countries announced they would adopt such a tax.

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Working America Founder Nussbaum on PBS Doc 'MAKERS: Women Who Make America' Tonight

Karen Nussbaum

Karen Nussbaum, co-founder and executive director of Working America, will appear Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST in the PBS premiere of the documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." Working America is the fastest-growing organization for working families in the United States.

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