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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-Made Father's Day Shopping Ideas

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Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father's Day by getting him a gift that sports the union label. Check out some union-made Father's Day gift ideas from our friends over at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Don't forget to text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. 

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Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Asian Pacific Islanders and Mass Incarceration

Tune in today at 12 p.m. to watch a live-stream of the panel "Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Asian Pacific Islanders and Mass Incarceration" at the AFL-CIO headquarters.

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Trumka Talks Wages and Inequality in the U.S. at the International Trade Union Confederation World Congress

This week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, along with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, is in Berlin for the 2014 International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress. 

Check out this clip of an Equal Times discussion with President Trumka, where he talks about wages, the political environment and workers standing up in the United States.

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Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation—and Jimmy  Gilbert, director of the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council, will write more on that next Monday—the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. 

Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. 

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5 Reasons to Visit the Union Plus Travel Center

5 Reasons to Visit the Union Plus Travel Center

Planning a summer vacation? Here are five good reasons to use the Union Plus Travel Center. You can spend less to enjoy more.

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Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts Says Turkey Mine Disaster is a 'Punch in the Gut' for All Coal Miners

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United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement Thursday (after the jump). 

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Trumka: 'We've Been Talking About Infrastructure for a Long, Long Time. It's Time for Action'

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Today, working people and union members, including Ironworkers, Laborers (LIUNA), Bricklayers (BAC), Boilermakers (IBB), Electrcial Workers (IBEW), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Longshoremen (ILA), AFSCME, Seafarers (SIU), Railroad Signalmen (BRS), Transport Workers (TWU) and TCU/IAM rallied in front of the AFL-CIO's headquarters to lift up the need for jobs that build and move America through investing in our infrastructure. 

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Has Some Thoughts for Karl Rove

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Has Some Thoughts for Karl Rove

Responding to Karl Rove's comments about Hillary Rodham Clinton "suffering a brain injury," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had some choice words to say (see tweets after the jump). 

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Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Today, Human Rights Watch released a new report revealing child labor in U.S. tobacco fields throughout North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, where 90% of the country’s tobacco is grown.

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Trumka: Turkish Mining Disaster Is a 'Tragedy'

Responding to the news of the coal mining disaster in Manisa, Turkey, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement (after the jump). 

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