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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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Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Every year on Labor Day weekend, people of faith and people concerned with social and economic justice come together to celebrate Labor Day and the contributions America's working families have made. 

We know that communities of faith aren't so different from workers who come together on the job for a voice and a better life. That common thread is solidarity. 

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How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You or Someone You Know? Here's What You Said, Part 2

How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You or Someone You Know? Here's What You Said, Part 2

This week, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and the people you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s more of what you’ve said so far.

Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246.

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Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by.

How would you or someone you know be affected if we raised the federal minimum wage? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246, and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Summer’s about gone, and kids and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.

Back-to-school isn't the most fun time of year, but it is especially hard for teachers and students when there are billionaire families, like the Walmart-owning Waltons, gearing up to use their riches to attack public education and shift much-needed resources to for-profit corporate schools.

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The Elections Are Coming

The Elections Are Coming

As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. 

What issues will be on  your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. 

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Now THIS Is What We Call the Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

Leave it to union members to take the meaning of the word "solidarity" to a whole other level. Hat tip to Bridget Nee-Walsh, a staff member of the Ironworkers, for sharing this video on Facebook of union building trades members doing a collective "ice bucket challenge."

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Have You Ever Heard of the Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened

For you labor history buffs, Upworthy has a special treat. As part of the Workonomics series that examines the importance of collective action and economic policy that lifts working people and shines a light on inequality, labor history now has its own miniseries

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Not a Union Member But Love the Labor Movement? Join Working America

Not a Union Member But Love the Labor Movement? Join Working America

Many people don't have access to a union on the job, but support workers' rights and the labor movement. 

In case you haven't heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy.

Become part of the labor movement and join Working America today

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What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

May 2013 Fast Food Strike in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Cathy Sherwin.

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

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What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

Union Summer interns were pretty busy this summer at sites all over the United States. Check out some highlights in the photo slideshow (after the jump). 

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