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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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Economists React to October Jobs Report

Economists React to October Jobs Report

October provided good news for the economy. The economy added 271,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a big increase over September's number of 137,000 jobs. The unemployment rate also fell fractionally from 5% to 5.1%.

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'The Hardworking Families of the AFL-CIO Will Join with Our Allies to Defeat the TPP,' says Trumka

'The Hardworking Families of the AFL-CIO Will Join with Our Allies to Defeat the TPP,' says Trumka

From what we have reviewed so far, we are deeply disappointed that our policy recommendations and those of our trade reform allies in the environmental, consumer, public health, global development and business sectors were largely ignored. The investment rules still provide expansive new legal rights and powers to foreign businesses to challenge legitimate government actions, the labor enforcement provisions are still inadequate to address the enormous challenges posed by this deal and the lack of enforceable currency rules subject to trade sanctions mean the promised new export markets may never materialize.  

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When You Have to Remind Your Boss That You're a Human, Something Has to Change

Lafondra Brown wasn't a licensed welder, but her boss told her if she didn't finish up a welding job, she would be out of work. So Lafondra finished the project with no safety gear. Hours later, she was in the hospital, her eyes the size of golf balls. 

On top of a dangerous work environment, Lafondra dealt with sexual harassment, assault and racism in her construction job, where she was the only woman.

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The 'Most Progressive Trade Deal Ever'? We Don't See It

We've heard a lot about how great the Trans-Pacific Partnership is. But that's just it, we've heard about it but haven't seen the text. As they say, the devil is in the details. 

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Are Unions Useful Anymore?

From our Canadian brothers and sisters, a great video reminder that arguments against unions and a voice for working people are pretty stale. Happy "Throwback Thursday."

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142,000 Jobs Added in September, Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 5.1%

142,000 Jobs Added in September, Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 5.1%

The U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in September and unemployment was unchanged at 5.1%, remaining at the same rate as the month before, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Young Union Member Speaks at Large NYC Rally on Global Goals

Young Union Member Speaks at Large NYC Rally on Global Goals

Last night, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in cities all over the world to stand in solidarity around global goals to alleviate poverty, economic inequality and climate change. Even though people were in separate continents, countries and cities, from Australia to South Korea to the United States, they all gathered "Under One Sky" to come together for these common aspirations. 

Lorraine Barcant, a member of AFSCME Local 375, AFL-CIO Next Up and the Young Worker Advisory Council, made the following speech at the Under One Sky rally in New York City last night (after the jump). 

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7 Quotes from Chicago Archbishop Cupich on Solidarity Between Working People and the Catholic Church

We have to do more together. This was the central message of solidarity Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich gave to the Chicago Federation of Labor this week at the Plumbers union hall in anticipation of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States.

Here are some highlights from Cupich's speech (after the jump). 

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day from the AFL-CIO, America's unions. 

How do you push for a more fair and just economy? Text LABOR to 235246 with your thoughts. 

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Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 5.1% in August

Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 5.1% in August

Jobs numbers released this morning show workers continue to suffer the negative effects of a global economy where the rules are written to keep wages low. The U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August and unemployment was 5.1%, down from July's 5.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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