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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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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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A Pizza Shop Owner Wrote a Facebook Post About Locked-Out Union Members. Then Something Amazing Happened

It's good to be union. Especially when your family is by your side. 

Check out this video from the United Steelworkers (USW) about Maddio's Pizza and Subs owner Matt Struhar who wrote a Facebook post in solidarity with the locked-out steelworkers at ATI Technologies a few weeks ago. 

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What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions. 

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Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

How are working people going to be affected by an economy focused around technology, automation and contingent work?

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