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Workers on Friedrichs v. CTA: Union Helps Social Worker Protect Children

For 13 years, I’ve woken up every single day focused on keeping children safe. Through our union, we’ve raised standards and won major investments in child protection. We dramatically increased the number of social workers and investigators on the front lines. We secured new technology to assist in the field. And now, our communities truly understand how important we are to ensuring that children and families are safe. It’s disheartening to think the Supreme Court could make it hard for us to advocate for the children we protect and the families we serve. Our work is far too important.

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9/11 First Responder: Unions Work for All of Us

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Fourteen years ago, on a clear September morning, the world—and mine—changed forever. On Sept. 11, 2001, as our nation watched in horror as tragedy unfolded, I responded with my brothers and sisters from EMS Station 22, running against the crowds fleeing the horror of Lower Manhattan to do my job as an EMT. That day the brave firefighters, police officers, EMTs and other first responders who answered the call of duty didn’t hesitate to put their lives on the line.

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As Supreme Court Prepares for Friedrichs v. CTA, Public-Sector Workers Advance the Common Good

America’s working families are under attack from big corporate CEOs and wealthy special interests. These anti-worker attacks are designed to protect those at the very top who yield greater influence and profit, while hardworking families scrape by. One such attack is being led by corporate-funded groups at the U.S. Supreme Court. These groups want to take away workers’ ability to speak up together.

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Working Families Speak Out on Friedrichs Case

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joins a growing chorus of working family representatives who have spoken out about the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will go before the Supreme Court in January. Greedy CEOs and wealthy special interests want to manipulate the rules in their favor and make it harder for teachers, firefighters, nurses and other public servants to join together and fight for working families. A bad decision from the court could limit working people's ability to negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions.

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Trumka: Refugee Crisis Demands American Leadership

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the world refugee crisis and proposed restrictions on the U.S. refugee resettlement system.

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TPP Daily Debunk #2: Are TPP Critics Anti-Trade?

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Too many supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership don’t want to debate TPP on its merits. They want to be able to say, “Trade is inherently good, and the TPP promotes trade, so any thinking person must support it, despite its flaws.” By implying, and often outright stating, that TPP critics are uninformed protectionists who just oppose trade in any form, they attempt to shut down debate. Ever since we were kids on a playground, we have all known that name-calling is a way to shut down debate and not shed light on real issues. So why are so many TPP advocates doing this?

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Taking Time to Honor Those Who Care by Fixing Our Long-Term Care Crisis

El Dorado County IHSS provider Lisa Scott providing care for her client Adele Burris

Home care is the fastest growing industry in the country. Every day, 10,000 people in this country turn 65—but even as the need for long-term care increases daily, the work of home care providers remains undervalued and underappreciated.

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We Want to Hear from You: What Issues Do You Care About Most for the 2016 Elections?

We Want to Hear from You: What Issues Do You Care About Most for the 2016 Elections?

We asked some of our activists last week through an SMS poll what issues they cared about most for the 2016 elections and here are some highlights of what people said (after the jump). 

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Ikea Workers Seek to Become the First to Unionize at One of the Company's U.S. Stores

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Yesterday, workers at the Stoughton Ikea store, in the Boston area, went on strike after the company refused to recognize their attempts to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and enter into contract negotiations. Last week, 75% of the workers in the bargaining unit signed a petition affirming their desire to join the union. National Labor Relations Board rules allow the company to voluntarily recognized the union if a majority express support, but Ikea has refused to do so to date, prompting the strike.

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What's This Friedrichs Case Really About?

Confused about Friedrichs? It's pretty simple. See more after the jump. 

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