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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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UMWA Reaches Settlement with Patriot Coal but Fight Still Continues with Peabody Energy

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The Mine Workers (UMWA) union just announced it has reached a settlement with Patriot Coal on new terms and conditions of employment that makes significant improvements over what federal Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States ordered on May 29, and what Patriot implemented on July 1.

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Workers Defense Project Is Making a Huge Difference in the Lives of Texas Construction Workers

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Immigrant construction workers in Austin, Texas, have a fierce advocate fighting for back pay, safety on the job and basic workplace rights. 

The Workers Defense Project, profiled by Steven Greenhouse in this weekend's New York Times Business section, is an example of a worker center that is highly successful in its campaigns. 

Read the rest of The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit

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Trumka Talks to USA Today about the Future of the Labor Movement and the Upcoming AFL-CIO Convention

Trumka Talks to USA Today about the Future of the Labor Movement and the Upcoming AFL-CIO Convention

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sat down with USA Today's Susan Page to discuss the upcoming quadrennial AFL-CIO Convention to be held in Los Angeles in September, and how the federation is looking to make the labor movement more open and inclusive to anyone who wants to join, and creating a movement for all working people. 

Read Page's story here and watch the video of the interview after the jump. 

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Trumka Says Wall St. Has Not Been Asked to Contribute a Dime in the Name of 'Shared Sacrifice,' Revenue Neutral Tax Reform Is 'Offensive'

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called on corporate America today to pay its fair share, saying, "At a time when the 1% have demanded so much sacrifice from working people in the name of deficit reduction, we must ask something of big corporations. That means “revenue positive” corporate tax reform that raises significant amounts of new tax revenue."

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Are Organizing Victories in Los Angeles a Model for the Future of Labor?

It's not every day a former manufacturing hub for middle-class jobs gets to reinvent itself after the factories and plants shut down and ship off. But that's exactly what's happening in Long Beach, Calif., in Los Angeles County. 

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Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett Gets a Big, Fat 'F' for Fiddling with Charter School Grades

Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett Gets a Big, Fat 'F' for Fiddling with Charter School Grades

Detractors of public education received a big blow last week when it was revealed that former Indiana schools superintendent Tony Bennett manipulated the state's school grading formula to ensure a charter school run by a major Republican donor received an "A" grade. 

Bennett, who was just recently Florida's education commissioner before he resigned last week, was pressured to step down after the Associated Press published the following email to his chief of staff:

This will be a HUGE problem for us….They need to understand that anything less than an A for Christel House compromises all of our accountability work.

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AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Holt Baker, CWA President Cohen Among Immigration Activists Arrested on the Hill Today

Photo by Michael Saldarriaga, Campaign for Community Change

Outside the Cannon House Office Building this afternoon, immigration activists, including AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, took arrest for blocking traffic during a sit-in protest. 

Watch a video of the arrest from NBC News here

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How Do We Make Our Movement Better for Working Women? Here's What You Said

How Do We Make Our Movement Better for Working Women? Here's What You Said

Yesterday, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.) led an online discussion on how we can make our movement all it can be for working women, as the AFL-CIO continues its crucial conversation about the future of working people and of unions.

See what people said about working women here and check out some highlights of the conversation after the jump.

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Today: Chat with AFL-CIO Leadership and Reps. Linda Sánchez and Donna Edwards About Lifting Up Women's Voices

Chat with AFL-CIO Leadership and Reps. Linda Sanchez and Donna Edwards about Lifting Up Women's Voices

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.) are leading an online discussion on how we can make our movement all it can be for working women, as the AFL-CIO continues its crucial conversation about the future of working people and of unions.

They will be moderating the online discussion on Wednesday, July 31, from 1–2 p.m. EDT. Please join the conversation at http://go.aflcio.org/ConvQ9 and encourage others to participate. We need broad and diverse voices to help shape the future of working people.

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On Medicare's Birthday, Let's Pass the Commonsense Medicare Drug Savings Act

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As working families celebrate Medicare's 48th birthday, the Alliance for Retired Americans and other advocates are urging Congress to pass the Medicare Drug Savings Act. 

Read some powerful stories about people who would be affected by Medicare benefit cuts

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