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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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What Are the Top Issues for Women in the Workplace? Here's What You Said

What Are the Top Issues for Women in the Workplace? Here's What You Said

The AFL-CIO, MomsRising.org and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler hosted a tweetchat yesterday on what workplace issues women care most about. 

See some highlights from the tweetchat after the jump. 

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Secretary of Labor Nominee Tom Perez Receives 60-40 Cloture Vote, Paving Path for Confirmation

Secretary of Labor Nominee Tom Perez Receives 60-40 Cloture Vote, Paving Path for Confirmation

Today the Senate in a 60-40 cloture vote ended debate on President Obama's Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez. This means the nomination will move to a full Senate vote, which is expected tomorrow. 

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Join the Tweetchat Today: How Can We Do Better Lifting Women's Voices on Workplace Issues?

Join the Tweetchat Today: How Can We Do Better Lifting Women's Voices on Workplace Issues?

The AFL-CIO and MomsRising.org invite you to a tweetchat today at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the well-being of and most pressing issues facing women and moms in the workplace. Join us to share your comments, resources or questions by adding the hashtag #WellnessWed to your tweets at that time.

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McDonald's Budget Tool Advocates for $15 an Hour and We're Lovin' It

Want some truth with those fries? Want to super size it? McDonald's this week is being mocked (rightfully so) for its nonsensical budget tool that assumes a person has two jobs (sure, who doesn't these days?), pays $20 a month for health care and $0 for heating. Don't rub your eyes, that's a big fat zero. Oh, and the budget also ignores food, child care, gas and other obvious necessities.

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AFL-CIO Unions React to Acquittal Verdict in the Death of Trayvon Martin

While working families, civil rights groups and people from all over gathered in cities across the United States yesterday to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, AFL-CIO affiliate unions, constituency groups and allies also expressed their shock over the verdict. 

AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in the fight for justice, it's time to stand our ground.

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Hostess Brands Returns to Snack Cake Market, Will Not Hire the Professional Bakers

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) President David B. Durkee issued the following statement in response to the impending re-entry by Hostess Brands, LLC, into the snack cake market:

“This coming week, Hostess Brands, LLC, is expected to re-enter the wholesale snack cake market.  Despite the fanfare, the long-term viability of this effort is highly uncertain. Rather than hire professional, experienced bakers who have produced quality snack cakes in the company’s bakeries for decades, Hostess management has chosen instead to hire primarily workers with little or no experience in the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry.

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Walmart Employee Says: 'Walmart is Where the Poor Go to Work Until they Die'

The popular blog Gawker has been running an occasional series about Walmart built from the employees’ personal experiences and stories. The tales of Walmart's reported disrespect towards workers are so powerful that Walmart posted a message on its internal employee website urging employees to share positive stories, Gawker's Hamilton Nolan reported yesterday.

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Mainstream Media Really Like the Idea of Cutting Your Social Security Benefits

Photo by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Sick and tired of hearing and reading news stories about the pressing need to cut your earned Social Security benefits? So are we. Media Matters shed some light on this fatigue by pointing out a whopping 68% of media coverage on Social Security in the first six months of this year focused on cutting, not strengthening, benefits. 

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Does the NLRB Confirmation Fight Confuse You? MSNBC's Chris Hayes Breaks It Down

Chris Hayes

Check out this great clip from "All In With Chris Hayes" featuring Panera Bread worker Kathleen Von Eitzen. Von Eitzen and her co-workers voted to join the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 70 in Battle Creek, Mich., but Panera Bread refused to bargain with them. Even though the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the company had to negotiate with Von Eitzen and her co-workers, their case is in limbo because of a federal circuit court of appeals ruling that President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB are "invalid."

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How Can We Better Lift Up the Voices of Women in the Workplace?

Photo via the Adios Arpaio FB page

How can the labor movement do more to include women’s perspectives and issues in our work? How can we do better on strengthening community partnerships and lifting women’s voices on policy issues? We want your ideas.  

The AFL-CIO and MomsRising.org invite you to a tweetchat on Wednesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the well-being of and most pressing issues facing women and moms in the workplace. Join us to share your comments, resources or questions by adding the hashtag #WellnessWed to your tweets at that time.

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