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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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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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Stories from the Women Workers Who Make Our Country Great

Stories from the Women Workers Who Make Our Country Great

Women are coming together and improving their workplaces by fighting for policies that include everything from raising the tipped and minimum wage, making equal pay for equal work a reality, demanding more consistent and adequate hours in retail scheduling to making sure everyone has access to affordable child care and can receive basic workplace accommodations during pregnancy. These women workers know collective bargaining and collective action are important for achieving workplace policies that work for women and families. 

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What Working Women Need: Fair Wages, Consistent Scheduling, Affordable Child Care, Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

What Working Women Need: Fair Wages, Consistent Scheduling, Affordable Child Care, Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Bene't Holmes is a 25-year-old single mother who works at Walmart in Chicago and struggles to survive on low wages. In February, she suffered a miscarriage while at work, after a manager denied her request for job duties that were less physically demanding. She asked for a leave of absence after the miscarriage to recover and was denied that request as well and was subsequently discipined for time she took off. Bene’t realized she needed a voice on the job and took action with the OUR Walmart campaign. Along with her fellow Walmart associates who are speaking up for respect and rights on the job, they are winning. Read more on Bene't's story

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Never Felt so Good: Michael Jackson's New Music Video with Justin Timberlake Features Dancers with a Union Contract

We already know Justin Timberlake is awesome for negotiating a fair union contract with the dancers on his 20/20 Experience World Tour—the first touring contract of its kind for SAG-AFTRA tour dancers—but now Dancers' Alliance informs us Michael Jackson's new music video with Timberlake, "Love Never Felt so Good," features dancers covered by a union contract. 

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Let's Talk About Working Women and Raising Wages

Aisha Thurman, a waitress and mother of two, has been a restaurant worker for the past 20 years. Her base salary for each of those years has been $2.65 an hour. The minimum tipped wage has been frozen at $2.13 since 1991. Thurman joined the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United in Michigan because she wants to change the restaurant industry for the better and make it a better place for women, especially single moms like her.

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