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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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TWU Members Make a Difference in the Lives of Veterans

Transport Workers (TWU) members across the country helped raise more than $72,000 in donations and gifts for Operation Military Embrace this holiday season. Working people belonging to TWU collected countless Christmas gifts, including toys, clothing and shoes, for veterans and their families in honor of Brother Hank Trujillo, former chairman of the TWU Veterans Committee and a Vietnam veteran, who passed away earlier this year.  

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Trump Las Vegas Hotel Files Objections After Workers Vote to Join Union

Image via Unite Here Culinary Union Local 226

The Trump International Hotel Las Vegas has filed objections to a vote held by their employees, nine days after a majority of workers at the hotel have voted “YES” to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 of UNITE HERE.

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Flight Attendants Protest United Airlines as the Holiday Travel Season Kicks into High Gear

Flight Attendants Protest United Airlines as the Holiday Travel Season Kicks into High Gear

As holiday travel ramps up a week before Christmas, United Airlines flight attendants are marching at nearly 20 airports around the world to call attention to severe delays by management in contract negotiations.

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It's the 'Most Boring Thing' Jon Stewart Has Even Been at, but He Has a Very Important Message You Need to Hear

It's the 'Most Boring Thing' Jon Stewart Has Even Been at, but He Has a Very Important Message You Need to Hear

Hear what Jon Stewart has to say about the first responders bill after the jump. 

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The Economy Adds 211,000 Jobs in November and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The Economy Adds 211,000 Jobs in November and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 5%

The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in November and unemployment was 5.0%, remaining unchanged from the previous month, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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We Want to Hear from You: What Issues Do You Care About Most for the 2016 Elections?

We Want to Hear from You: What Issues Do You Care About Most for the 2016 Elections?

We asked some of our activists last week through an SMS poll what issues they cared about most for the 2016 elections and here are some highlights of what people said (after the jump). 

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Economists React to October Jobs Report

Economists React to October Jobs Report

October provided good news for the economy. The economy added 271,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a big increase over September's number of 137,000 jobs. The unemployment rate also fell fractionally from 5% to 5.1%.

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'The Hardworking Families of the AFL-CIO Will Join with Our Allies to Defeat the TPP,' says Trumka

'The Hardworking Families of the AFL-CIO Will Join with Our Allies to Defeat the TPP,' says Trumka

From what we have reviewed so far, we are deeply disappointed that our policy recommendations and those of our trade reform allies in the environmental, consumer, public health, global development and business sectors were largely ignored. The investment rules still provide expansive new legal rights and powers to foreign businesses to challenge legitimate government actions, the labor enforcement provisions are still inadequate to address the enormous challenges posed by this deal and the lack of enforceable currency rules subject to trade sanctions mean the promised new export markets may never materialize.  

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When You Have to Remind Your Boss That You're a Human, Something Has to Change

Lafondra Brown wasn't a licensed welder, but her boss told her if she didn't finish up a welding job, she would be out of work. So Lafondra finished the project with no safety gear. Hours later, she was in the hospital, her eyes the size of golf balls. 

On top of a dangerous work environment, Lafondra dealt with sexual harassment, assault and racism in her construction job, where she was the only woman.

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The 'Most Progressive Trade Deal Ever'? We Don't See It

We've heard a lot about how great the Trans-Pacific Partnership is. But that's just it, we've heard about it but haven't seen the text. As they say, the devil is in the details. 

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