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Check Out the ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Labor Day Marathon

Check Out the ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Labor Day Marathon

This Labor Day, the Sportsman Channel and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are teaming up to salute the American worker and the nation’s young people who are America’s future workforce with a three-hour “Brotherhood Outdoors” Labor Day marathon Sept. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on the Sportsman Channel.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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5 Reasons Why Rick Snyder Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Michigan Municipal League on Flickr

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Here are five reasons why Snyder has been bad for working people.

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Coalition Urges Police Changes Following Ferguson Shooting

Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr Creative Commons.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined a diverse group of organizations and leaders from all walks of life in signing on to a letter to President Barack Obama calling for real solutions after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. 

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How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said

How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said

Yesterday, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and thepeople you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s a small sample of what you’ve said so far.

Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246.

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10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers' Rights Now

10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers' Rights Now

Emilio Garcia began working for U.S. Fibers in South Carolina in April 2010 as a maintenance worker. He worked 12-hour shifts with only a 30-minute lunch break because his wife and children depend on him. Garcia said that from the very beginning he and other workers were humiliated by management. Conditions were so bad that he and other workers decided to organize themselves with the assistance of the United Steelworkers (USW). But management wasn't happy with Garcia's organizing efforts, and they slowly began cutting his hours before firing him in July of last year. Garcia told his story to an audience today at a panel discussion hosted by the AFL-CIO. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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How Much Do You Know About the Minimum Wage, Really?

How Much Do You Know About the Minimum Wage, Really?

This Labor Day, test your minimum wage knowledge, courtesy of Union Plus (check out the quiz after the jump). 

How would raising the federal minimum wage affect you or someone you know? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246 and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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10 Ways Mitch McConnell’s Obstructionism Has (and Will) Hurt Kentuckians

This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that if Republicans took control of the Senate in the November elections and he became majority leader, he would increase the use of tactics that could lead to future government shutdowns. He said he would favor spending bills with extensive riders on them that would likely be opposed by the president.  McConnell indicated that he would be perfectly okay with a government shutdown in those circumstances.

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Is Blue Plate Trying to Be Special? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo of Longfellow Grill (a Blue Plate restaurant), courtesy Longfellow Grill 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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