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Jackie Tortora

I'm the blog editor and social media manager at the AFL-CIO. Interviewing union musicians was my introduction to the labor movement. My first job after graduating college was in Syracuse, New York, where I wrote and edited the International Musician, the monthly magazine for the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts brought me to Washington, D.C., where I spent two years as a new media coordinator at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. I came to the AFL-CIO in the summer of 2012, just in time to re-elect President Barack Obama. When I'm not tweeting about America's unions, it's likely I'm watching Syracuse basketball and football. 

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Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

As working people are gearing up to get out and vote Nov. 4, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had this to say on one of the top issues on people's minds:

Raising wages will be a driving force at the polls in the approaching midterm elections. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that will make a difference in the real world—from raising the minimum wage to ensuring that all workers can bargain collectively and make a livable wage. The labor movement stands in strong support of the broad campaign to bring attention to raising wages leading up to and following Oct. 10 [a national day of awareness about raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour], and it’s our responsibility to keep it going.

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From Alaska to Ohio, We Must Get Out the Votes

Nov. 4 is creeping up fast, and working people are knocking on doors, making phone calls and making sure their friends and neighbors are registered to vote so we're electing the kind of candidates who speak for us, not CEOs and corporations. 

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Describe the Koch Brothers in One Word

Our favorite "sisters," the Koch Sisters, are sharing their thoughts on the Koch brothers in just one word. 

What's one word you would use to describe the Koch brothers? Log in and share it in the comments below (keep it clean, folks!).

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This Is an Emergency

Ohio AFL-CIO NextUp members show us their collective student loan debt.

Senate Republicans this month blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June.

Don't they realize "student loan debt is an emergency?" writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler in her recent MomsRising column

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Nurses Stage Massive Protest on Las Vegas Strip, Highlighting Need for Ebola Readiness

Photo via California Nurses/Twitter

Nurses and members of National Nurses United (NNU) staged a massive protest on the Las Vegas strip yesterday, raising concerns that U.S. hospitals are not equipped to handle an Ebola outbreak. 

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You Have a Secret Weapon in this Election (Tell Your Friends)

It's not news to anyone that the Koch brothers have billions to spend on influencing elections. But they only have two votes to cast between them. That's where you come in. 

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Afraid to Debate Steelworker Mike Michaud

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Afraid to Debate Steelworker Mike Michaud

Apparently Maine Gov. Paul LePage (you know, the guy who previously removed the labor mural from the Maine Department of Labor and said the state's child labor laws were too burdensome for business) has indicated he will not debate his challenger in this election, United Steelworkers member Mike Michaud. 

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Meet the Women Workers Who Make All Other Work Possible

Domestic workers are essential to the global economy. They care for children, the elderly and people who need extra help around the house so that family members can leave the house and go to work. Unfortunately, as Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, points out, many domestic workers, while caring for our families, do not earn enough to provide for their own. 

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In Case You Missed It: Highlights from Trumka's Speech on Ferguson and Labor Confronting Racism

In case you missed it, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke some powerful words at the Missouri AFL-CIO convention on Monday about racism and why the labor movement should care about the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Above is the full speech, but below are some highlights. 

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Push My Buttons (You Know You Want To)

We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. 

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