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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 Member and Sheet Metal Worker Joe Rabito Says Hillary Clinton Has Always Supported 9/11 First Responders

Sheet metal worker and 9/11 first responder Joe Rabito takes 14 medications a day so he can breathe. Joe was one of the tens of thousands of first responders in New York City who went out to help survivors of the World Trade Center attacks.

These people, many of them union members, are still feeling the physical and mental long-term health effects from the work they did as first responders. 

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Why Should We Believe Anything Donald Trump Says? He Buys His Steel from China

Why Should We Believe Anything Donald Trump Says? He Buys His Steel from China

Another Donald Trump bombshell dropped this week—and it's not pretty. 

Trump talks a big game on creating good manufacturing jobs in the United States, but his business practices say otherwise. 

new Newsweek study shows Trump purchased steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than from U.S. producers in at least two of his three recent construction projects.

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Union Veterans Council Fires Back at Donald Trump for Saying Veterans with PTSD Are 'Weak'

Will Fischer, the executive director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO, had some strong words for Donald Trump after he said veterans with PTSD are "weak":

“Trump’s comments about veterans with PTSD reveal his total disdain for veterans and military families and highlight just how disconnected he is with our community. Calling combat veterans weak is mighty bold coming from someone who's kept awake at night over a mean tweet and who leveraged a minor injury and family privilege to dodge service during Vietnam.

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That Awkward Moment When Donald Trump Shouts Out Union Members at His Rally and Hears Crickets

We're not surprised that working people in unions aren't so hot for Donald Trump. He supports a dangerous national "right to work" law, has never said he supports people's right to collectively bargain and even refuses to negotiate with his hotel staff who formed a union

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Union Women Step Up to the Plate to Elect Worker-Friendly Candidates

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler

On Sept. 13, more than 40,000 union women from across the country joined a telephone town hall to discuss what’s at stake this election cycle for working women and their families. The event was hosted by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, the highest-ranking woman in the labor movement, and featured AFT President Randi Weingarten; Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE general vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity; and Linda Hinton, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4 vice president. These leaders rallied their sisters to join the fight to elect worker-friendly candidates up and down the ballot who reflect the economic priorities of working women and families.

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'We Must Build a More Just System for Migrants and Refugees': AFL-CIO's Tefere Gebre to the United Nations

'We Must Build a More Just System for Migrants and Refugees': AFL-CIO's Tefere Gebre to the United Nations

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre addressed the United Nations today about embracing this historic opportunity to create a more just system for migrants and refugees

Gebre is a refugee from Ethiopia and walked 93 days through the desert as a teenager to find his freedom in America

Here are Gebre's remarks to the United Nations (after the jump). 

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