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Ruffalo and a Cast of 1,000 Look to Smash Back Against Republican Attacks on Poor in Detroit

Photo courtesy of National Nurses United

Actor Mark Ruffalo, most famous for playing the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Comics movie "The Avengers," led a crowd of 1,000 through the streets of Detroit in protest of Republican policies that have led to water being shut off for thousands of the city's residents. National Nurses United (NNU) organized the rally. The United Nations and others have called the city's actions a violation of human rights, and demands that the water be turned back on have come from across the political landscape. Hundreds of different organizations and their members showed up at the march, which began outside Detroit's Cobo Center, where the annual Netroots Nation convention is being held. Protesters marched passed the city's Water and Sewerage offices before ending at Hart Plaza.

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FLOC Organizer Punched: Tell Tobacco Firms to Curb Violence

FLOC photo

Last week on a North Carolina tobacco farm, Oscar Sanchez, a Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) organizer and “Respect, Recognition, Raise” campaign leader, was punched in the face by a representative of the Growers Association during an outdoor meeting with workers.

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Better Ways to Bring Democracy, Workers' Rights and Opportunity to Sub-Saharan Africa

Better Ways to Bring Democracy, Workers' Rights and Opportunity to Sub-Saharan Africa

The AFL-CIO and the Solidarity Center released a new policy brief Thursday on how to improve the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and ensure that it delivers on its ambitious goals of supporting democratic governance, enhancing civil society, combating corruption and promoting the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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On International Mandela Day, Lessons for U.S. and African Leaders

On International Mandela Day, Lessons for U.S. and African Leaders

Today marks Nelson Mandela International Day, a celebration of the great South African leader’s birth, life and legacy. It was launched in 2008 with a unanimous decision by the U.N. General Assembly. Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for equality, justice, democracy and the dignity of working people. He encouraged us all to act together to change the world for the better. And around the world today, people are committing to service projects in his honor.

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Stress Test Needed for Household Sector

This week, Federal Reserve Board (Fed) Chair Janet Yellen testified to Congress as part of the requirements of the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act. The testimony gives Congress an opportunity to hear and assess the Fed’s thinking on economic policy.

In her assessment of the labor market, Yellen clearly stated the labor market is getting better but shows many signs of weakness.

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Detroit Rally Aims to Turn the Water Back On

Photo by www.socialistalternatuve.com

Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of city residents with outstanding debts, even if their debt was incurred by previous owners or is only 60 days late. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of union members from local, state and national unions, community members and activists from the groups at the Netroots Nation conference will hold a march and rally to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs and restoration of water service to those who have had their water cut off.

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Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

It's a simple message but it resonated strongly with the Netroots Nation crowd: "When workers stick together, they can't lose." This morning, two panels highlighting the importance of collective action sparked lively conversations with Netroots Nation goers at the Cobo Center in Detroit. 

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Perez: Unions in the ‘Vanguard’ of Winning Family Workplace Benefits

IBEW members John and Krista Brooks at the White House Summit on Working Families with Tina Tchen, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. White House photo.

New York Mets All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season to be with his wife after she gave birth to their child. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says Murphy’s story:

Is one about having the right priorities and being faithful to your values, even in the face of criticism. But his story is about something else very important—the power of membership in a strong labor union, which can use collective bargaining to secure paternity leave and other essential benefits.

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What’s Up with the New Southwest?

The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWULocal 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.

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

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

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

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