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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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Breaking: Indiana House Passes RTW

Moments ago, the Indiana state House passed a “right to work” for less bill by 55 to 41. The issue now moves to the state Senate, where it’s expected to be taken up and voted on next week. The Senate previously passed a different version of the bill.

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Maybe Child Labor Cures Cancer, Too?

Here’s the latest Republican justification for child labor: It prevents obesity.

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IN Republicans Can’t Seize Dems’ Pay

Republicans trying to ram through a “right to work” for less bill in Indiana cannot seize the pay of Democratic House members who are staying off the floor to filibuster the measure, a judge ruled last evening.

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Gov. Daniels: Against ‘Right to Work’ Before He Was for It

Look what just came to light! Here’s a video clip of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who’s now teamed up with statehouse Republicans to ram into law a “right to work” for less bill, telling a Teamsters Local 135 stewards dinner back in 2006 that he opposes “right to work.”

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Ugly in Indiana

Keep your eye on the Indiana statehouse today, where Republican House members are doubling down on their push to pass a “right to work” for less law. House Democrats offered a range of amendments to the bill, including a move to put the anti-worker legislation on the ballot for a public referendum—an idea 71 percent of Hoosiers support.

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Indiana Statehouse ‘No Longer the People’s House’

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration will limit the number of people who can assemble in the statehouse beginning Jan. 1—a move that Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott says creates a “policy to shut out the voices of dissent and limit access to government to only those they favor.”

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Time to Ring In…2001?

Maybe a lot has changed in the past decade–back then we didn’t have YouTube to bring us hours of enjoyment of cute babies and kittens–but working men and women today are taking home about the same size paychecks we did back then.

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Really, What Do These Guys Have Against the 99 percent?

Think Progress has a good round-up of the Republican presidential candidates’ tax-the-99%-apalooza here.”

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Next Up Summit Supports Occupy Wall Street Protests

The 800 young workers, activists and students at the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit in Minneapolis announced their strong support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters:

 ”The world in which we live isn’t working for the vast majority of people. The top 1 percent controls the economy, makes profits at the expense of working people, and dominates the political debate. Wall Street symbolizes this simple truth: a small group of people have the lives and livelihoods of working Americans in their hands.

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Working Families Stall Ohio Voter Suppression

Fair Elections Ohio has turned in more than 318,000 signatures  to put the state’s new voter suppression law, HB 194, on the ballot for a  citizens’ veto–a move that puts the law’s provisions on hold for the 2011 and 2012 election cycles. The signatures collected far exceed the 231,000 required to get the measure on the ballot, according to Leadership Conference on Civil  Rights President Wade Henderson.

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