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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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Made in America: What's Your Favorite?

Made in America: What's Your Favorite?

Back by popular demand, this week we're asking you what your favorite Made in America products are and posting lists every day to help you find items that really say "proud to be U.S.A." Maybe it's the classic Oreo cookies, the Louisville Slugger, Red Wing Shoes or a hotel in your favorite vacation spot staffed by UNITE HERE members. 

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AFT Teacher Chris Hall Makes a Difference

Chris Hall, a teacher at a school in Dorchester, Mass., and a member of the Boston Teachers Union/AFT Local 66, is making art with students with autism—and his students are making impressive strides, thanks to his unique teaching gifts.

“Chris brought something out of my child and out of our kids at the Lee School. He made the impossible possible,” said Liz Gomes. Her son, nine-year-old Mason, is one of Hall’s students. Non-verbal until the age of five, Mason deals with autism and ADHD.

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Workonomics: The Most Important Upworthy Series You're Probably Not Reading Yet (But You Should)

Workonomics: The Most Important Upworthy Series You're Probably Not Reading Yet (But You Should)

Did you know 75% of minimum wage earners are adults? That there's a website that will literally help you fix your job? On some farms in New York, 15 to 16 workers are forced to live together in tiny trailers? On average taxpayers subsidize Walmart $6,000 per employee because of poverty wages?

These stories appear in the Upworthy series, Workonomics, brought to you by the AFL-CIO. The series is designed to lift up shareable content about labor unions, America's middle class and the need for collective action to make real change around wages, paid sick days, economic inequality and workers' rights. 

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Watch Live: Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

Watch Live: Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

This morning, the panel "Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?" is discussing the potential sale of the group of newspapers to Charles and David Koch at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at 9 a.m. EDT. As we've covered on the blog before, the Kochs are interested in buying the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and other leading newspapers owned by the Tribune Co.  

Watch the event live after the jump or here: www.aflcio.org/koch-brothers.

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What Would a Broad and Inclusive Labor Movement Look Like?

What Would a Broad and Inclusive Labor Movement Look Like?

Join Dorian Warren on Wednesday, June 26, from 2–3 p.m. EDT for the eighth in the AFL-CIO series of live online discussions on how we build a movement for the future of working people. The AFL-CIO and Warren, an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, want to hear your ideas on new ways the labor movement can open its doors to people who aren't in a union. He poses this question:

What would a broad and inclusive labor movement look like and do, and what would it need to provide for you to join it?

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Massachusetts AFL-CIO Applauds Election of Ed Markey to U.S. Senate

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Applauds Election of Ed Markey to U.S. Senate

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman released the following statement following the election of Congressman Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate (see statement after the jump).

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United Farm Workers Launch #FieldFotos Online Action

Image via United Farm Workers Facebook page.

The United Farm Workers (UFW) is launching a digital day of action today urging farm workers and supporters to support the Senate immigration bill (S. 744) and a road map to citizenship for aspiring citizens. 

Using the hashtag #FieldFotos on Facebook and Twitter, the UFW is asking supporters to share stories and images of farm workers online. Here are ways you can help, via the #FieldFotos campaign page:

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Your Afternoon Dose of Cute: Union 'Thugs' Rescue Pugs

D.C. firefighters rescue a pug puppy from a hot car.

Sarah Lewis, policy researcher at the AFL-CIO, sends us this tweet about Washington, D.C., Fire Fighters Local 36 (@IAFF36) rescuing a pug puppy from a steaming hot car. See the tweet after the jump:

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Pink Floyd Finds Pandora’s Dark Side: Radio Company is Asking Musicians to Support 85% Pay Cut

Members of Pink Floyd—Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason—are calling out Internet radio company Pandora to cease sending out a misleading email that's asking musicians to support a campaign they say is really intended to cut musicians’ Internet royalties by 85%.

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Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

Photo via FreePress: http://act.freepress.net/sign/koch/

Some say the press is the fourth branch of government. It serves as a "check and a balance" to our elected and non-elected leaders and informs the public of news for the greater good. But what if that was compromised by a corporate power grab?

That's exactly what the panel "Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?" will examine this Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

You can watch the event live at 9 a.m. EDT at www.aflcio.org/koch-brothers

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