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Back to School Shopping? Skip Staples and Quill.com

Back to School Shopping? Skip Staples and Quill.com

Its back-to-school time, which means many children, parents, teachers and college students are shopping for supplies. But it's important to choose wisely—and to boycott products from companies that seem to go out of their way to hurt working families.

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CWA Local 1103 Seeks to Make Port Chester, N.Y., a Wage Theft-Free Zone

Local 1103 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is part of an organizing campaign in the village of Port Chester, N.Y., called “No Pay No Way,” designed to make the village a wage theft-free zone. Watch the video to see the campaign in action.

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Shouldn't the 'T' in TPP Stand for Transparency? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture on Flickr

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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Worker Wins Update: Union Support and Union Numbers on the Rise

Worker Wins Update: Union Support and Union Numbers on the Rise

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Why the Fed Isn't Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn’t Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates—The Case of Women

Why the Fed Isn't Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn’t Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates—The Case of Women

The Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee will be meeting in September. The Wall Street gamblers have been egging the Fed to change its current course and to start raising interest rates. Speculators have been trying to see if they can urge the Fed to “return to normal” with more interest rate movements at play. In part this will add another gaming table to play on, but some of them have been holding their positions in the invisible derivative markets on when interest rates will move again as the Fed unwinds its current high holdings of Treasury notes in reserve. They try to make arguments sounding as if they care about the state of the economy by conjuring the inflation boogey monster. With continued low and falling oil prices and stagnant real wages, they have instead begun to argue that interest rates need to go up, because it is only inevitable that at some time they must go up.

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Weingarten: Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

Weingarten: Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

In her latest post at Medium, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten discusses the process that teachers go through and the challenges they face in getting ready for the first day of school.

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Decorated War Veteran Finds New Life as an Ironworker

Rob LeFurgy with General David Petraeus.

Four years ago, Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy wasn’t even sure what an ironworker did. All the decorated Iraq War veteran knew for certain was that he sorely missed the brotherhood and sense of higher purpose he had known serving in the U.S. Army. Becoming an ironworker, however, has gone a long way toward satisfying those intense feelings of longing and restoring the 28-year-old’s hope in a brighter future. 

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Why the Fed Isn't Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn’t Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates—the Case of Black Workers

Why the Fed Isn't Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn’t Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates—the Case of Black Workers

The recently released minutes of the last meeting of the Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee revealed there was serious discussion of the fact the labor market still showed signs of weakness. A primary issue was the lack of evidence of strong wage growth, which would be a clear signal the labor market was tightening. This has unleashed the Wall Street bettors, who want a jump on the Fed’s changing monetary policy, giving them more active play on the bond market, where interest rate movements can fuel their gambling addiction. The voices being raised to have the Fed raise interest rates march out lots of theory to predict uncontrolled inflation, despite a global slowdown, falling oil and natural resource prices, and flat real wages. We must hope that the Fed makes policy based on what is good for the economy, not what is good for the reckless gamblers on Wall Street.

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What the Heck Is ISDS and Why Is It a Brazen Corporate Giveaway?

Since the late July negotiating round that failed to reach a final deal for the corporate-leaning Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, a lot has been written about the merits of a purported ISDS carve-out and whether it played a role in the failed effort to complete a deal by July 31. (Don’t know much about the TPP? Learn more.)

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Gallup Poll Shows Working People are Growing More Supportive of Unions

Gallup Poll Shows Working People are Growing More Supportive of Unions

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tweeted...

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