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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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House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

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Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

We're in the home stretch to stop bad trade deals that lower our wages and ship our jobs overseas. But we need you to join us in taking action. 

We're flooding our representatives' phones today asking them to vote "No" on all trade bills. 

Call today: 1-855-712-8441. It's easy and takes less than one minute.

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We're Dying to Know How TPP Will Help America's Workers

How will America's workers benefit from Fast Track trade deals and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Hear from former Baltimore steelworker Michael Lewis and call Congress today to stop Fast Track: 1-855-712-8441.

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It's Time to 'Ban the Box'

It's Time to 'Ban the Box'

A mistake from the past shouldn’t become a life sentence to joblessness.

But every day across America, hardworking and highly qualified men and women on the job hunt are instead finding their path blocked by hiring barriers because of an arrest or conviction from the past.

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Let's Stop Fast Track Right in Its Tracks

We mobilized to call our representatives in Congress last week to stop Fast Track trade deals that lower wages and ship U.S. jobs overseas. 

Let's keep up the pressure. 

Call your representative today: 1-855-712-8441. 

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280,000 New Jobs in May, Jobless Rate Remains Essentially Unchanged at 5.5%

280,000 New Jobs in May, Jobless Rate Remains Essentially Unchanged at 5.5%

The economy added 280,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged from April at 5.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Happy New Year from America's Unions

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America's unions wish you a safe and happy New Year. What are your hopes for 2015? Log in and comment below. 

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The Top 10 AFL-CIO Now Blog Stories of 2014

The Top 10 AFL-CIO Now Blog Stories of 2014

While the AFL-CIO Now blog team takes a break for the holidays, we wanted to share with you the 10 most popular stories of 2014. Wishing you safe and happy holidays and new year!

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Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy holidays from the AFL-CIO, America's unions. In case you missed it, there were a lot of great videos and stories this year about the importance of raising wages, collective action, unions and economic and social justice. 

Check out some of these stories on Upworthy's Workonomics channel.

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Only One Day Left to Vote for Your Union Brothers and Sisters in the Sportsman Choice Awards!

Sunday, Nov. 30, is the last chance to vote online at the Sportsman Channel website. "Brotherhood Outdoors" is up for three awards: Best Variety Show, Best Educational/Instructional Show and Best Hosts (for Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen). One of the best parts about voting is that you are eligible to enter the Union Sportsmen Alliance's Cast and Blast package giveaway

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