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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 Memo to Union Leadership: FBI Investigation Shows Clinton Did Nothing Wrong

Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent the following memo to AFL-CIO leadership in the states:

Yesterday we learned Trump and FBI Director Comey’s October surprise was nothing but more hot air and bluster. Nothing new, nothing relevant, but Director Comey violated FBI policy to help Donald Trump. The FBI once again has determined that Hillary Clinton should face no criminal charges for her email practices.  Unbelievably, this non-issue was recklessly brought back into the final days of this presidential campaign for reasons that undoubtedly merit further investigation.

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Union Member and Sheet Metal Worker Joe Rabito Says Hillary Clinton Has Always Supported 9/11 First Responders

Sheet metal worker and 9/11 first responder Joe Rabito takes 14 medications a day so he can breathe. Joe was one of the tens of thousands of first responders in New York City who went out to help survivors of the World Trade Center attacks.

These people, many of them union members, are still feeling the physical and mental long-term health effects from the work they did as first responders. 

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Why Should We Believe Anything Donald Trump Says? He Buys His Steel from China

Why Should We Believe Anything Donald Trump Says? He Buys His Steel from China

Another Donald Trump bombshell dropped this week—and it's not pretty. 

Trump talks a big game on creating good manufacturing jobs in the United States, but his business practices say otherwise. 

new Newsweek study shows Trump purchased steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than from U.S. producers in at least two of his three recent construction projects.

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Union Veterans Council Fires Back at Donald Trump for Saying Veterans with PTSD Are 'Weak'

http://www.newsweek.com/why-one-iraq-war-veteran-cant-vote-trump-504419

Will Fischer, the executive director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO, had some strong words for Donald Trump after he said veterans with PTSD are "weak":

“Trump’s comments about veterans with PTSD reveal his total disdain for veterans and military families and highlight just how disconnected he is with our community. Calling combat veterans weak is mighty bold coming from someone who's kept awake at night over a mean tweet and who leveraged a minor injury and family privilege to dodge service during Vietnam.

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That Awkward Moment When Donald Trump Shouts Out Union Members at His Rally and Hears Crickets

We're not surprised that working people in unions aren't so hot for Donald Trump. He supports a dangerous national "right to work" law, has never said he supports people's right to collectively bargain and even refuses to negotiate with his hotel staff who formed a union

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