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About Barbara Doherty

My dad drove a laundry delivery truck in San Francisco and I came to appreciate unions sitting in the waiting room at the Teamsters vision center there. More than 30 years ago, I joined the international SEIU publications staff (under the union’s legendary, feisty president, George Hardy). Living in California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., over the years, I have contributed countless news and feature articles, as well as editing, to the publications and websites of unions in the public and private sectors and the construction trades.

It’s Time for Protection Against Deadly Silica Dust

More than 300 scientists, doctors and workplace safety experts are asking President Obama to step in to speed much-needed protections against worker exposure to crystalline silica.

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Affordable Care Act Helps Real People in Real Ways

Republican presidential campaign pyrotechnics can’t hide the record of a party that has turned its back on ordinary Americans. It’s worth remembering how, a year ago, the Republican-majority House of Representatives tried to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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New AFL-CIO Campaign Highlights How ‘Work Connects Us All’

Viewers in Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh are getting the first public look at a new AFL-CIO television spot, “Work Connects Us All: America’s Unions.”

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U-Minn. Graduate Assistants Advance Union Drive

As they proceed with a two-pronged approach to building their union, graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota say they are both hopeful and realistic.

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In Bastrop, Texas, a Union Member Steps Up

Autumn has come and gone in Bastrop, Texas, but many of those who lost homes and possessions in the raging late-summer wildfires there still need help. This week, Philip Lawhon jumped at the chance to use his skills as an electrician to keep the Bastrop relief effort humming.

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AFT Joins Partnership to Improve Schools, Lives, in Rural West Virginia


AFT and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced they are leading an unprecedented public-private partnership to improve educational opportunity and address complex social and economic problems in the Central Appalachia community of McDowell County, W.Va.

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Overtime Rule Proposed For Home Care Workers

Home care  workers will have a measure of justice if a rule proposed by the Dept. of Labor goes into effect.

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Report: Federal Intervention Needed to Stem African American Unemployment

The misery of U.S. joblessness has everyone’s attention, but in the African American community, high unemployment has been the norm for 50 years, in good times and bad.

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Coalition to Congress: No Corporate Tax Holiday

What’s that saying about death and taxes? For multinational corporations, nothing is certain except a permanent campaign to avoid paying their fair share.

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Weigh In on Prototype Credit Card Agreement

While Republicans in Congress were busy undermining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB was busy doing its job.

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