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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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UAW Files Appeal with NLRB on Outside Interference During Chattanooga Volkswagen UAW Election

UAW Files Appeal with NLRB on Outside Interference During Chattanooga Volkswagen UAW Election

It's hard enough to form a union without politicians and special interest groups interfering and using scare tactics. Which is exactly what happened in Chattanooga, Tenn., when Volkswagen workers narrowly voted against representation with UAW by 44 votes. 

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What's a 'WILD' Woman and What Does It Mean for the Labor Movement?

From Left to Right: Laurel Brennan, Charlie Wowkanech, Liz Shuler, New Jersey State Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (IBEW)

When women succeed, America succeeds, and the union movement and its female leaders are poised to make this a reality.

Equal pay, access to paid sick and family leave and quality health care are just some of the issues women will tackle March 7–8 at the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's 11th annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference in East Brunswick, N.J. 

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Check Out This County in New Jersey Making Strides for Living Wages

Raising wages. It's the topic we're all talking about, and one county in New Jersey is walking the walk. 

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What's the Greatest Economic Fraud of Our Time?

Image via UFCW's Flickr Photostream/Black Friday Albany, N.Y. 2013

What’s the greatest economic fraud of our time? The idea that large employers that make billions in profits cannot pay their employees fair wages. 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded Gap's announcement it will raise the minimum wage for its workers to $9 an hour this year and $10 an hour in 2015

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The Final Countdown: Snow Doesn't Stop Volkswagen Workers from Voting Union 'Yes' with UAW

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., are braving snow and extreme winter conditions this week to ensure their voice is heard on a union vote to be represented by UAW. Polls close tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST and the final count is expected to be announced at 10:30 p.m. EST. 

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Black History Month Reflections: 'You Don't Understand Me, My Son and I Will Eat Here Today'

James Gibbs

This month, workers are reflecting on Black History Month and strides being made to ensure everyone has access to civil and workplace rights. 

James Gibbs, a third-generation coal miner from southwestern Virginia and an at-large international vice president of the Mine Workers (UMWA), shares a story today about his mother standing up to a prejudiced restaurant owner who initially refused to serve the mother and son. 

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear more workers' Black History Month reflections (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to Appear on CNN's 'Crossfire' Tonight

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to Appear on CNN's 'Crossfire' Tonight

What's the state of the U.S. economy? Why do we need a higher minimum wage? Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST tackle these questions on CNN's "Crossfire" with co-hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

You can join the conversation online on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #Crossfire.  

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Union Plus Offers Floral Discount to Union Members and Their Families This Valentine's Day

Union Plus Offers Floral Discount to Union Members and Their Families This Valentine's Day

In addition to some union-made sweets and treats, if you're looking for flowers this week, Union Plus is offering a 25% discount through Teleflora

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NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job. 

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What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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