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Show Your Support for Philadelphia Teachers

Show Your Support for Philadelphia Teachers

Thousands of members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), other local labor union members, parents, students, community groups and elected leaders are taking to the streets today to fight back against actions taken by Gov. Tom Corbett and Mayor Nutter’s cronies to further dismantle and defund the Philadelphia public school system. In a shocking example of what happens when anti-worker politicians get elected, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers lost their contract last week through a unilateral decision by Gov. Corbett’s and Mayor Nutter’s appointees.

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A Peek into Tom Foley's Past: 'Broke the Back of the Union, the Heart of Their Town'

A Peek into Tom Foley's Past: 'Broke the Back of the Union, the Heart of Their Town'

We've gone over why Tom Foley is bad for Connecticut's working families. He would repeal the state's paid sick days law, opposes raising the state's minimum wage and has a history of laying off workers from the businesses he buys. But a recent Connecticut Post story goes a little deeper, taking a look at a strike at an electrical equipment manufacturer in Chambersburg, Pa., where Foley was an executive. 

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Walker Says Minimum Wage Serves No Purpose

Walker Says Minimum Wage Serves No Purpose

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) doesn’t believe the minimum wage “serves a purpose.” Yes, that’s what he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board Tuesday. It should come as no surprise then that Walker also opposes raising the federal minimum wage from the $7.25-an-hour level where it’s been stuck since 2009.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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11 Great Reasons to Vote

I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who are on the fence—who think elections in non-presidential years just aren’t that important. Not true!

Here are 11 great reasons you can share with them to get them to the polls (after the jump). 

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Kentucky Debate: Grimes Has Jobs Plan, McConnell Defends Gridlock

Photo via Alison Lundergan Grimes Facebook page.

Monday’s debate, between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell in the race for McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, “demonstrated the clear contrast, between Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed ‘guardian of gridlock,’ and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who offered sensible and compassionate responses coupled with an understanding of the challenges facing working Kentuckians,” said Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan.

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Union-Made in America Halloween Candy Shopping List

Photo via MzScarlett/Flickr

If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, has an extensive list of union-made candies. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW):

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So Now Replacing 100-Year Old Tunnels Is a Liberal Boondoggle?

So Now Replacing 100-Year Old Tunnels Is a Liberal Boondoggle?

On Oct. 2, Amtrak reported that four of its century-old underwater rail tunnels in and out of New York City are in need of extensive repairs and that service will be "badly curtailed"—terrible news for both daily commuters and passengers who take 260 million trips a year along the vital Northeast Corridor. While some may see this as a local issue, this transportation crisis could cripple a region that produces 20% of our GDP. More importantly, how elected leaders respond will say a lot about whether we have the will to fix highways and bridges, provide transit service, build runways and modernize seaports in communities across the country.

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6.8 Million Latino Workers

6.8 Million Latino Workers

Hispanic Heritage Month offers a time to recognize the contributions of the nearly 53 million Hispanic workers living in the United States and to highlight the issues facing our community. One critical issue is the federal minimum wage. Every day, millions of Latinos go to work but struggle to support themselves and their families. Working with unions in the labor movement, we have seen the positive impact of fair wages on the lives of workers and their families. As a Latina advocate for workers, I have witnessed the difference higher wages can make on living conditions for workers and on future opportunities for their children.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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