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Things Are Getting Better for Working Parents: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Verizon Victory Shows That Working People Will Not Be Defeated

Verizon Victory Shows That Working People Will Not Be Defeated

Working people at Verizon recently had a major victory. Check out this new video to learn more about the story of how Verizon employees stood up for their rights and won this fight.

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Orlando, Hillary and John Legend: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

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San Francisco City College Faculty Call One-Day Strike

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Rain, wind and a four-hour round-trip from her home could not keep English teacher Jessica Nelson away from City College of San Francisco to join a one-day strike on April 27, the first strike in the school’s history.

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Why Hillary Inspires Me

Why Hillary Inspires Me

Born and raised in South Dakota, I am proud to come from a working class family.  To this day, my parents both work in manual labor for hourly wages without the benefit of a union, retirement plans or much in the way of benefits.  But they, and my entire family for that matter, have always been there for me and provided the support I needed to be the first in my family to attend college and eventually end up in Washington, DC working for the AFL-CIO.  My working class background shaped who I am and it's always who I will be.  And it's why I believe in giving working people a fair shot at making a better life.   

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The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction industry than ever before: Nearly 70% of new construction jobs between 2012 and 2015 were filled by Latino workers. The job fatality rate among Latino workers has declined by 38% since 2001, when the rate of Latino worker fatalities reached its highest (6.0 per 100,000 workers). But Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of death on the job, with a fatality rate that is 9% higher than for workers overall.

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Working People of the AFL-CIO Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Working people in the AFL-CIO's affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents.

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AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

I am so thrilled that we at the AFL-CIO are partnering with John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign to raise awareness of the need to end mass incarceration. Our first step in this historic partnership was taking 30 labor leaders to Washington Corrections Center for Women, an all-women’s prison in Washington state, to hear from those affected by the system and to learn about effective ways to reduce recidivism. The experience was truly transformational and liberating for myself and for those involved.

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John Oliver Takes a Closer Look at Retirement Plans

Have you ever wondered about the ways Americans plan and save for retirement and why the whole process seems so complex? John Oliver has and he explains why saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice.

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AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council's Statement on Orlando

AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council's Statement on Orlando

The AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council released a statement today on the Orlando massacre:

"The AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council extends its deepest sympathy and solidarity to all who have been affected by the unspeakable violent act, fueled by hatred and bigotry, which took the lives of 49 innocent people and injured at least 50 more at Pulse in Orlando early Sunday morning."  

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