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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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Working Families Take to Capitol Hill to Protect Social Security from Cuts

Image via the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Working families activists led by the Alliance for Retired Americans and Congressional Progressive Caucus are taking their message to Capitol Hill today in a Human Chain Against "Chained" CPI rally, telling Congress it is absolutely unacceptable to cut Social Security benefits.

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Nation's Capital Closed for Business: GOP Shutdown Locks Out America's Working Families

National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

While the House GOP-engineered government shutdown will have devastating effects on our nation's veterans, women with children and federal workers furloughed without pay, America's working families visiting the U.S. capital were locked out of the national parks and monuments paid for by their hard-earned tax dollars. 

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Tell the House Republicans: Don't Shut Us Down

Tell the House Republicans: Don't Shut Us Down

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement on the House Republican-forced government shutdown:

The moment we have been dreading has arrived. The House of Representatives has shut down the federal government, locking out 800,000 federal employees who want to go to work to support the American people.

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Trumka Says Shutting Down the Government to Prove a Point is a 'Temper Tantrum Worthy of a 4-Year-Old'

Trumka Says Shutting Down the Government to Prove a Point is a 'Temper Tantrum Worthy of a 4-Year-Old'

A looming federal government shutdown is slated to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the House Republicans' hostage taking:

As of today, it is clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party have become one and the same when it comes to federal fiscal policy. House Republicans have decided that they will shut down critical public services, stiff public servants, hold America’s credit rating hostage and kill off jobs because they are upset that President Obama decisively defeated Mitt Romney last November. That some Republicans are participating in this fiasco against their better judgment does not obscure their responsibility. All responsible voices must speak and act against policy making by hostage taking.

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SAG-AFTRA Kicks Off National Convention, '90210' Actress Gabrielle Carteris Elected as Executive Vice President

SAG-AFTRA Kicks Off National Convention, '90210' Actress Gabrielle Carteris Elected as Executive Vice President

SAG-AFTRA National President Ken Howard officially opened the union's national convention yesterday, in the most important governance event since the merger of SAG and AFTRA. “What we have created today is an overwhelming and moving tribute to the power of this union to improve the lives of its members all across the country,” he said. “When we work together, we are a powerful voice. When we work together, we are proud and strong. When we work together, we are an unstoppable force that diligently and selflessly works to empower and strengthen the union and our fellow members. We are taking the first, early steps on a remarkable journey. There will only ever be one first SAG-AFTRA convention.”

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