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You Want to Hear the Band? Pay Them

Photo courtesy of StudioHole Recordings

When you hear a song on an AM/FM radio in your car or the radio in your garage or workout room, you probably figure the folks who made that music are getting paid. But the men and women doing the singing and playing do not see a penny of royalties for the hits they made. A new bill introduced in Congress today would pay the band.

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Say No to Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

Say No to Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Preparing for Negotiations with the ‘New’ American Airlines

Earlier this spring, Transport Workers Union (TWU) members from locals at American Airlines and US Airways met in Maryland for an intensive six-day contract negotiations training session to prepare for upcoming contract talks with the “new” American Airlines once the merger between American and US Airways is approved. See the video above for a closer look.

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Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

On Wednesday, the working families behind OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart are taking action to make sure that the retail giant knows that its recent moves to increase wages for some workers isn’t enough. They want you to join them and fast-food and other low-wage workers in the Fight for $15 on April 15 at actions across the country. The organizations will continue their call for Walmart to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and offer workers consistent full-time hours.

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Indiana Official Resigns over Pence’s Wage-Cut Moves

WDOT photo via Flickr Creative Commons

While Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was vacationing in Europe last week, a top state official resigned in protest over Pence’s efforts to cut middle-class wages. In his letter of resignation, Port Commissioner David Fagan wrote:

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6 Key Parts of Philadelphia Mayoral Candidate Jim Kenney's Education Platform

Photo courtesy Jim Kenney on Flickr

Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney (D) has unprecedented support from working families than any candidate in recent mayoral elections in the city.  He's already secured endorsements from local police, fire fighters, AFL-CIO, IBEW, AFSCME, the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT) and others.  Now he's released a comprehensive plan to improve the city's education system.

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High-Tech U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements; Bipartisan Senate Group Urges Federal H-1B Investigation

High-Tech U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements; Bipartisan Senate Group Urges Federal H-1B Investigation

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has called on the federal government to investigate abuses in the H-1B visa program, including allegations that some U.S. firms have not only laid off American high-tech workers and replaced them with lower-paid foreign workers, but forced the American employees to train their replacements.

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NYU Grad Employees Ratify Historic Contract

Photo coutesty of GSOC UAW Local 2110

New York University graduate employees—members of Graduate Student Organizing Committee UAW Local 2110—successfully capped a struggle that began at the turn of this century when they ratified a five year contract with the university. Lily Defriend, a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department said:

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In Ohio, Brown Rallies Workers Against Fast Track

Photo courtesy of Sen. Sherrod Brown's office.

While many of his congressional colleagues have been taking it easy during this two-week Easter–Passover recess, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has been carrying on his longtime fight against Fast Track trade authority and unfair trade deals that cost American jobs.

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Pierce County Labor Council Honored on 125th Anniversary

Mayor Marilyn Strickland (left)  and Secretary-Treasurer Patty Rose

Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, Wash., has declared April 8, 2015, to be “Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Day” in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Tacoma Trades Council.

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