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IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

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It’s Great to See Progress of Transportation Legislation in the Senate

This week, under the dedicated leadership of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Boxer, the ranking member of the committee, the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act) advanced.

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Want to Reduce Your College Debt? Learn How from Our Union Plus Scholarship Winners

Want to Reduce Your College Debt? Learn How from Our Union Plus Scholarship Winners

There are many ways for union families to lessen the load of college loan debt. For example, taking courses at a community college before transferring to a more expensive college is a proven tactic. Another, taking AP classes in high school that qualify for college credits can save students a bundle. 

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What Is the Federal Reserve Doing?

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its numbers for inflation and for real wage movements. The numbers reflected the weak numbers of the first quarter for economic growth: Zero inflation and zero real wage growth in the past three months. The economy is showing signs that it is fragile. It can be spoofed by international developments that raise the value of the dollar and slow U.S. export growth, or by bad weather—events, the Federal Reserve cannot control or easily predict.

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Trumka Asserts King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.

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Son and Aunt of ILA Member Killed in South Carolina Shooting

Son and Aunt of ILA Member Killed in South Carolina Shooting

Among the many lives touched by the tragic shooting in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., were two members of the extended labor family. Tyrone Saunders, a Longshoremen (ILA) member, lost both his son, Tywanza Saunders, and aunt, Susan Jackson. ILA President Harold J. Daggett and district presidents Clyde Fitzgerald (South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District) and Dennis A. Daggett (Atlantic Coast District) issued the following statement.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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Help Make Sure Working Families Are Part of the Health Care Debate

Photo courtesy Common Dreams

Every year, Modern Healthcare magazine names the 100 most influential people in health care. The exposure of appearing on the list not only recognizes hard work or importance in the field, it also helps determine which voices get heard in the conversation. Modern Healthcare is asking for your input in determining the list, and it is often dominated by CEOs and politicians. 

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LGBT Pride Month Profile: Nancy Wohlforth

LGBT Pride Month Profile: Nancy Wohlforth

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we want to honor a longtime labor, political and social justice activist—Nancy Wohlforth.

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N.J. AFL-CIO, Partner Lead Drive for Statewide Earned Sick Days

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its coalition partner, Working Families United for New Jersey, continued to lead the campaign for statewide earned sick leave legislation on Monday by testifying in strong support of S. 785 before the state Senate Labor Committee.

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