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The Critical Need for the Right Kind of Infrastructure Investment

The Critical Need for the Right Kind of Infrastructure Investment

Investing in infrastructure is one of the critical problems that America faces. Infrastructure improvements are necessary to keep up with a modern global economy, to create jobs and to make sure that America is ready to face unknown challenges the future brings. A new report from AFL-CIO Director of Policy Damon Silvers and the Roosevelt Institute makes the case that such investment is vital for our future and lays out the types of investments that will do the most to help us move forward.

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Meet Tom Price: Trump's HHS Secretary Pick Who Wants to Destroy Medicare

Rep. Tom Price

Ever heard the saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it?

   
That's how most Americans feel about Medicare. It works, so don't touch it (unless you're going to make improvements). Medicare provides comprehensive health care coverage to millions of seniors, and it's more cost effective than private insurance. 

   
But not everyone loves Medicare so much. And one of those people is Rep. Tom Price from Georgia, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health and human services secretary

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What to Do if You Are Targeted at Work for Violence, Harassment or Hate Speech

What to Do if You Are Targeted at Work for Violence, Harassment or Hate Speech

Since Donald Trump won the election, nearly 900 incidents of violence, hate speech and harassment have been reported. In light of these attacks, it's important that you know what your rights are and what you can do if you or someone you know is the target of one of these attacks in the workplace. Click on the links to learn more about your rights, what constitutes illegal activity and what you can do about it if you are targeted.

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Why Aren't We Talking About Working-Class Americans of Color?

After the election, much of the discussion has been focused on working-class voters, but many of these discussions are heavily focused on white working-class voters and they largely leave out working-class voters of color. But if you look deeper, the economic anxiety that was said to be a driving force for those white working class voters is stronger for people of color and it isn't being talked about that much at all.

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The AFL-CIO’s Response to Trump’s Presidency

Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, we have to understand what happened on Nov. 8 not as a vote for or against the two presidential candidates. Rather, it was something much larger. It was an expression of the insecurity of working people all over the formerly industrialized world, brought on by globalization forcing them to compete for work in a labor market without borders. Candidate Donald Trump was correct when he said, "I see a big parallel" between U.K. voters favoring Brexit and U.S. citizens supporting him. Both were expressions of the belief that existing institutions of government are no longer protecting the security and well-being of working people in a global economy.

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A Letter of Thanks and Solidarity to Union Members and All Working People

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. WE WILL STAND TOGETHER. WE WILL PROTECT THE FREEDOMS THAT MAKE AMERICA – AND WE WILL PROTECT THOSE FREEDOMS FOR ALL WHO LIVE AND WORK HERE.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement this Thanksgiving, reaffirming the labor movement's commitment to hold America's newly elected president accountable to the promises he made to working people, and reaffirming its commitment to vanquish oppression and protect the freedoms for all who live and work here.

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Wage Theft Against Immigrants Threatens All Working People

Wage Theft Against Immigrants Threatens All Working People

This country holds sacrosanct the principle that regardless of who you are, or where you come from, your hard work will be rewarded.

For day laborers in America, at least half of whom report experiencing wage theft during their work here, this ideal rings hollow. It is no longer enough to merely have abstract principles, but for a country so expansive and so diverse, there must be mechanisms in place to ensure these principles are followed through.

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Working People in Unions Stand with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers in Uncertain Times

On the heels of a rancorous election cycle, working people in unions around the country are assuring members who feel threatened and unsafe that the labor movement will stand with them in these uncertain times. The following statement of solidarity was issued by Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed next steps on immigration (after the jump). 

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