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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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Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Writers-Producers testify at New York City hearing about poor working conditions in the reality TV industry.

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

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When Workers Come Together, We Win: Working Families Victory Roundup

Letter Carrier Michael Shea from Georgia. Photos via Letter Carriers, NALC.

Working people scored major victories over the past several months, organizing new workplaces and winning fights to raise wages.

Check out some highlights of recent working families victories after the jump. 

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Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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Your Favorite Made-in-America Products? Here's What You Said

Your Favorite Made-in-America Products? Here's What You Said

On July 4, we asked our mobile supporters what their favorite made-in-America products are. We saw some of the usual suspects, including beer and work boots, but check out some highlights below. 

Want union-made lists sent to your phone? Text MADE to 235246. 

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BLS June Jobs Report Shows Increase of 288,000 Jobs, Marking Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008

BLS June Jobs Report Shows Increase of 288,000 Jobs, Marking Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, up from 217,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was 6.1%, a dip from last month’s 6.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This marks the lowest unemployment rate since 2008 and the best five-month stretch of job growth since the early 1990s. 

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AFL-CIO Hosts Successful Citizenship Event

Photo by Gonzalo Salvador

This weekend, 58 legal residents took the next step in becoming American citizens with the help of volunteers at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of 49 DREAMers, who came to the United States as children, also attended to receive help filling out paperwork for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and renewals under the program.

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Trumka Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Noel Canning v. NLRB

Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the Noel Canning v. NLRB Supreme Court ruling (after the jump).

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We're Lovin' It: IBEW Members Renovate New York Ronald McDonald House

We're Lovin' It: IBEW Members Renovate New York Ronald McDonald House

Just like workers are stronger together, so are families. Ronald McDonald Houses ensure children who receive treatment at a hospital far away from home can have their family close by without the burden of hotel expenses during a long hospital stay. 

A Ronald McDonald House in Albany, N.Y., was in need of repair, and Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 236 pitched in to renovate the facility. 

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Boots, Heels, Flats and Gym Shoes, Working Women Hit the Streets to Highlight Need for Collective Bargaining

Boots, Heels, Flats and Gym Shoes, Working Women Hit the Streets to Highlight Need for Collective Bargaining

The labor movement isn't just boots on the ground, said Connie Leak, a UAW member and president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). "It's heels, flats and sneakers." Working women are impacting the labor movement in a big way. 

Yesterday, more than 250 women workers and labor participants gathered in Washington, D.C., at the AFL-CIO headquarters to discuss issues that affect women workers and families and talk about collective bargaining as the solution. 

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Meet Some of the Women Attending the White House Working Families Summit

Meet Some of the Women Attending the White House Working Families Summit

Today more than 250 women workers and labor participants are in Washington, D.C., at AFL-CIO headquarters preparing to share their stories at the White House Working Families summit Monday. 

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