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AFL-CIO's Next Up Summit Through the Eyes of a Canadian Union Member

AFL-CIO's Next Up Summit Through the Eyes of a Canadian Union Member

This past weekend in Chicago, I attended the AFL-CIO Next Up Summit, which is a young workers conference. While there, I had the privilege of not only representing my union, the Machinists (IAM) and my Local Lodge 2323, but also of representing Canada as one of only seven Canadian delegates in attendance. More than 1,000 young workers from across the United States descended on the shores of Lake Michigan and came together in the Chicago Hilton’s Grand Ballroom to discuss the labor movement. We were a diverse group with different backgrounds: race, gender, sexual orientation and age, united in a common passion to change the world around us.

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Immigrant Workers Take Their Case to Human Rights Commission

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After nearly nine years of waiting, two immigrant workers who suffered serious workplace injuries were able to bring their cases to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)—an international body that promotes and protects human rights in the Americas. However, because of dysfunctional U.S. immigration policies the workers could not be in the room. In fact, both of them faced deportation threats after seeking workers’ compensation after their accidents. Now they are challenging the U.S. government's failure to protect their rights from their homes in Mexico, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Employment Law Project and the University of Pennsylvania's Transnational Legal Clinic.

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Want to Increase Women's Influence in the Labor Movement? Here's How

Want to Increase Women's Influence in the Labor Movement? Here's How

The Cornell University Worker Institute and the Berger-Marks Foundation have released a new report with detailed advice and real-world tools that can be used to create women's committees in labor unions and worker-centered organizations. The publication, A Guide to Organizing Women’s Committees: Everything You Need to Know to Make a Difference, provides step-by-step methods for the development and implementation of women's committees. And if your organization already has a women's committee, the guide easily can be used to help existing committees expand and grow. The report is filled with good information on program ideas and strategies for community outreach.

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The Next Scott Walker: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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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Speaking Out Against Bad Trade Deals

More and more Americans are speaking out against the potential dangers of international trade deals for working families. Here are two great recent examples of this for your reading pleasure.

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In Kentucky, 'Right to Work' Falls Far Below the Mendoza Line

The union-busters would have us believe that a “right to work” tide is sweeping the country.

A trickle is more like it. But you wouldn't know that from the media. 

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Discover the Union-Made Side of Los Angeles

Discover the Union-Made Side of Los Angeles

With so many companies following the Walmart model of pursuing policies that put profits for the 1% above the needs of working families, it's a challenge to use your own spending decisions to protect and expand the middle class. But Labor 411 is on the job and they keep making your job easier. Today marks the release of the seventh edition of Labor 411 Los Angeles!

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The Serious Republican Presidential Candidates Are Scrambling to See Who Hates the Minimum Wage the Most

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During a stop in South Carolina this week, former Florida Gov. (and potential Republican presidential candidate) Jeb Bush came out in opposition to the federal minimum wage.  Although his spokespeople later dialed back the rhetoric, Bush initially said...

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Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

In recent years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been under attack from Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who are trying to privatize the constitutionally required service to benefit wealthy campaign donors with the support of anti-government extremists. The men and women who work at the USPS, and their unions, however, are fighting back.

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T-Mobile Guilty of Violating Labor Law Workers’ Rights, NLRB Judge Rules

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A judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday found T-Mobile U.S. guilty of engaging in nationwide labor law violations against workers. The unprecedented ruling comes after a rare move last year by the NLRB consolidating multiple complaints against T-Mobile U.S. for illegal actions and policies in Albuquerque, N.M.; Wichita, Kan.; Charleston, S.C., and New York City.

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