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I’m the AFL-CIO’s deputy director of public affairs for publications, Web and broadcast. Prior to joining the AFL-CIO in 1997, I served as publications director at the nonprofit Children’s Defense Fund for 12 years. I began my career as a newspaper reporter in Southwest Florida, and since have written, edited and managed production of advocacy materials— including newsletters, books, brochures, booklets, fliers, calendars, websites, posters and direct response mail and e-mail—to support economic and social justice campaigns. In June 2001, I received a B.A. in Labor Studies from the National Labor College. Most important: I’m the very proud mom of a spectacular daughter.

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D.C. RNs Vote Union for Patient Care

D.C. RNs Vote Union for Patient Care

Registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night voted 232 to 66–a 78% margin–to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). They became the first nonunion D.C. hospital workers in decades to vote to join a union. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the secret ballot election. 

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Democracy Is Back for NYU Graduate Employees

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The UAW reports that graduate employees have reached an “unprecedented agreement with New York University in which the administration will remain neutral and respect the results of an election for more than 1,200 GAs, TAs and RAs [graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants] to vote on union representation." The election is expected to take place Dec. 10 and 11. 

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22 Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Check out the 22 things after the jump.

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50 Years After His Assassination, Here is a JFK Quote on Unions

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The New Hampshire AFL-CIO shared this gem of a quote today:

Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor--those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized--do a disservice to the cause of democracy.

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'Carwasheros' Sign Four New Union Contracts With Biggest Car Wash Owners in New York City

'Carwasheros' Sign Four New Union Contracts With Biggest Car Wash Owners in New York City

This just in from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU/UFCW):

In the space of 24 hours, four car washes—two of which are owned by two of the largest car wash owners in the city—have signed contracts with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). 

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ZING! Talking Truth to CNBC on Social Security Lies

ZING! Talking Truth to CNBC on Social Security Lies

AFL-CIO Policy Director and Special Counsel Damon Silvers schooled CNBC's Kelly Evans and Simon Hobbs today about proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits—and warned politicians to stay far away from the idea.

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What the Cost of the Shutdown Could Buy

What the Cost of the Shutdown Could Buy

Over at Think Progress, Bryce Covert did a few calculations about what the estimated $24 billion cost of the government shutdown could have bought America. How about the Department of Agriculture’s entire budget? Or nearly all of Head Start, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program?

There’s more. Check it out here.

So much for the budget hawks.

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Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election in New Jersey

Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election in New Jersey

In yesterday's special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, Democrat Cory Booker soundly defeated his opponent Steve Lonegan and made history by becoming the state's first African American U.S. senator.

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Obama to Push Immigration Reform Once Republican Hostage-Taking Is Resolved

Obama to Push Immigration Reform Once Republican Hostage-Taking Is Resolved

President Barack Obama yesterday told the Spanish-language Los Angeles affiliate of Univision that “the day after” the budget and debt ceiling debacle is resolved, he will push for passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

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Displaced Minority Workers Suffered 29.6% Drop in Wages from Growing Trade Deficit with China

Growing China trade deficits displaced nearly 1 million good jobs with excellent benefits for minority workers between 2001 and 2011.

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