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Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by.

How would you or someone you know be affected if we raised the federal minimum wage? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246, and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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6 Reasons Why Rick Scott Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore 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.  Our first member of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections is Florida Governor Rick Scott.  Here are six reasons why Scott has been a bad governor for working people.

Make sure you're ready to vote this election season and text VOTE to 235246 for important reminders and updates. 

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Nominate Labor Films for the National Film Registry

Nominate Labor Films for the National Film Registry

The National Film Registry is a list of movies made by U.S. filmmakers that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” and they are preserved by the Library of Congress. Up to 25 selections are added to the registry each year after the public nominates hundreds of titles. Chris Garlock of the DC Labor FilmFest and Jon Garlock of the Rochester (N.Y.) Labor Film series suggest nominating outstanding labor films for the registry.

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Top 5 Union Plus Benefit Advantages

Top 5 Union Plus Benefit Advantages

Union Plus is designed to serve the interests of working families by providing union members and their families with value, quality service and cost savings through unique products and services. Here are the top five benefits union members can get today.
 

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Musicians Blast NFL Pay-to-Play Scheme

Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano on Flickr

Normally, regardless of what the field you work in, you show up, you perform the tasks required of you, then you get paid for your work.  The National Football League (NFL) has a better idea: Show up, perform and you pay them.  At least that'’s its proposal for musicians who might play at halftime of the Lleague'’s biggest event, the Super Bowl. 

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Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia.

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K&P Carwasheros Ignore Intimidation, Organize Instead

Photo courtesy RWDSU

Despite attempts by both the ownership of the K&P Car Wash and the Association of Car Wash Owners to intimidate them, workers at the K&P Car Wash in New York voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers. K&P becomes the ninth car wash to unionize since a campaign was launched in 2012.

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Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Summer’s about gone, and kids and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.

Back-to-school isn't the most fun time of year, but it is especially hard for teachers and students when there are billionaire families, like the Walmart-owning Waltons, gearing up to use their riches to attack public education and shift much-needed resources to for-profit corporate schools.

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12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

While it certainly seems that extremists on the far right are waging an all out war on working families and their rights, workers aren't just defending themselves, they are fighting to expand their rights and are achieving some significant victories.  Here are 12 recent victories that we should celebrate while continuing to push for even more wins.

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San Diego City Council Overrides Minimum Wage/Paid Sick Days Veto

Bill Walton addresses "Don't Sign It" rally.  Raise Up San Diego photo.

The San Diego City Council Monday voted to override Mayor Keven Faulconer’s veto of the recently passed ordinance that boosted the city’s minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid sick days to workers.  But some business owners have mounted a campaign to overturn the law. 

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