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MSHA Admits Failures in Upper Big Branch Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA's) enforcement effort and practices at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (W.Va.) mine had a number of significant failures before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, according to MSHA’s own report on its actions released today.

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New York City Carwash Workers Launch Fight for Rights

NYC carwash workers

New York City carwash workers are following their Los Angeles counterparts to battle rampant mistreatment, wage theft and unsafe working conditions. Today the coalition, WASH New York, released a report—“The Dirty Business of Cleaning NYC’s Cars”—that details the long hours, low pay and dangerous conditions the city’s more than 5,000 carwash workers at some 200 carwashes face every day.

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New AFL-CIO 'En Español' Site Serves as Hub for Working Latino Families

New AFL-CIO 'En Español' Site Serves as Hub for Working Latino Families

A key part of our new website is a redesigned “En Español” section, part of ongoing efforts to engage with bilingual Latinos and provide useful information about workplace rights.

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Spotlight Increases on Arizona's Goldwater Institute as More Crazy Bills Surface

If there is a silver lining to be derived from all of this, it's that the Goldwater Institute's intense activity this year has transformed it from a stealth group largely unknown to anyone outside of small political circles in Arizona to one that's getting a lot more scrutiny and push back, including from surprising corners.

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New Hampshire Working Families Won't Back Down

This video is a reminder of New Hampshire's rich labor history and the bold response that New Hampshire workers showed in the face of the same attacks last year. Check it out and share!

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CWA/AT&T Mobility Pact Brings Jobs Back to U.S.; Other Talks Continue

CWA Photo

A tentative agreement that will bring 2,000 jobs back from overseas and other outsourced facilities has been reached between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and AT&T Mobility.

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Donate Now to Help Tornado Victims

The Indiana State AFL-CIO and United Way have established a disaster relief fund to aid the victims of the deadly tornadoes that ravaged southern Indiana. You can click here to donate online via credit card or send a check to: Indiana Union/UW Disaster Response; Indiana Association of United Ways; 3901 N. Meridian #306; Indianapolis, IN 46208-4026.

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Republican Attacks on Workers Backfire in Ohio

What we're seeing in Ohio and other states that have faced attacks on collective bargaining rights is that attacks on working families are turning Reagan Democrats—and Republican union members like teachers, firefighters and police—against the tea party's extremist agenda.

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200 Marchers Carry on Selma-Montgomery Journey

200 Marchers Carry on Selma-Montgomery Journey

More than 200 marchers—including college students from as far away as Idaho—yesterday carried on the Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama, where activists in the labor, civil rights and faith communities on Sunday began a five-day journey. 

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Oh, Oh—Oreo Celebrates Its 100th Year Anniversary

Oreo cookies

Today, the Oreo—the ubiquitous, best-selling cookie of the 20th century—marks 100 years on the market, crafted by the skilled hands of members of BCTGM (the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers) union.

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