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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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AFL-CIO, Chamber and United Way Urge Congress, President to End the Shutdown Now

AFL-CIO, Chamber and United Way Urge Congress, President to End the Shutdown Now

Signaling how wide a swath of America the federal government shutdown is affecting, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the United Way sent a joint letter today to Congress and President Barack Obama urging them to end the shutdown now. 

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Major World Markets Not Warming to Walmart

Walmart may be the world’s largest retailer, but the seemingly omnipotent company hasn’t made its way into some of the world’s largest markets, Bloomberg Businessweek reports

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Activists Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect

Art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Today is the National Day for Dignity and Respect and in 150 events a broad and diverse coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, civil rights and family groups are marching and rallying to demand Congress pass immigration reform with a road map to citizenship and policies that keep families together and protect workers’ rights.

Click here to find an event near you and follow the action on Twitter at #Oct5 and #TimeIsNow.

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Has Education Paid Off for Black Workers?

Has Education Paid Off for Black Workers?

Although African American workers are significantly better educated than they were three decades ago, they're actually less likely to be in good jobs, according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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Making Mondays Moral

Making Mondays Moral

If you’re in or anywhere near Raleigh, N.C., the North Carolina State AFL-CIO urges you to join Moral Monday on June 24 to let Republican state legislators know what you think of their assault on working families.

Moral Mondays began in late April and have been growing, standing up to the legislature’s unemployment benefit cuts, higher taxes for the poor and working families, rejecting federal funds for Medicaid expansion and attacks on public schools and voting rights.

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House Extremists: Starve the Poor

If anyone still has questions about just exactly how much extremist House Republicans loathe low-income families, they got answers last night when the U.S. House voted down its agriculture spending bill in a 195 to 234 vote.

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Capitalist Calls for $15/Hour Minimum Wage

Capitalist Calls for $15/Hour Minimum Wage

Guess who’s calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage? A self-proclaimed capitalist.

Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer made our case for a minimum wage increase yesterday in Bloomberg.

“The fundamental law of capitalism,” he says, “is that if workers have no money, businesses have no customers.”

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Businesses Lobby to Kill Summer Work Program Protections

Businesses Lobby to Kill Summer Work Program Protections

The immigration reform bill being debated now in the U.S. Senate, which would provide a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, includes protections for foreign students who come to this country under a “summer-work travel” program.

But a USA Today story says au pair agencies, amusement parks, summer camp operators, hotels and others who count on this “cultural exchange” program for summer labor are lobbying to kill them.

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Join Robert Reich Today for Online Discussion

Join Robert Reich Today for Online Discussion

Don’t forget to join the live online discussion with Robert Reich today from noon to 1 p.m. EDT. Reich, former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton and Chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, is posing this question to you:

The rich keep getting a bigger share of the economic pie while everyone else’s share keeps shrinking. What should be done to reverse this trend?

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Cosmopolitan Workers Rally on the Strip for a Contract

Cosmopolitan Workers Rally on the Strip for a Contract

Some 6,000 hotel workers and community supporters rallied Friday in front of The Cosmopolitan hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Members of Culinary Workers Union/UNITE HERE Local 226 picketed to support Cosmopolitan workers who have been trying to negotiate a contract with their employer for more than two years, since they first voted to join the union.

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