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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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Here's a Law Walmart Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Here's a Law Walmart Doesn’t Want You to Know About

We already know CEOs of major corporations took home 354 times more pay than the average rank-and-file U.S. worker in 2012. Now, we have the opportunity to see what CEOs make compared with the typical worker in their own companies.

rule proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would require companies to disclose the ratio of total compensation between CEOs and the pay of the typical worker. The SEC rule is part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Major corporations like Walmart really don't like this, which is why we need your help.

Tell the SEC companies must disclose CEO-to-worker pay ratios. 

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New Mexico Union Members Pitch in with Mobile Food Bank

Union members in New Mexico fed their brothers and sisters in need as part of a new mobile food pantry initiative.

The Central New Mexico Labor Council Community Services Committee started the program in conjunction with the Feeding America affiliate, Roadrunner Food Bank. See an interview with Mike Swisher, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison, here

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House Republican Hostage Crisis: America's People, Our Jobs and Our Economy Held for Ransom

House Republican Hostage Crisis: America's People, Our Jobs and Our Economy Held for Ransom

We are now 10 days into the House Republicans hostage crisis and counting. The GOP is holding America's families, our jobs and our future hostage. 

Check out our new hostage watch page: www.aflcio.org/GOPshutdown.

You can share your shutdown story, find ways to take action and locate resources if you are shut out of your job. 

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President Obama to Nominate Janet Yellen as First Female Chair of the Federal Reserve

Janet Yellen

The AFL-CIO applauds President Barack Obama for nominating Janet Yellen as the next chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Professor Yellen is a brilliant economist with a strong record of leadership as vice chair of the Federal Reserve. Yellen also will be the first woman to serve as the chair of the Federal Reserve. We commend President Obama for breaking the glass ceiling at this critical public institution.

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Wisconsin Organizer Jennifer Epps-Addison Named Winner of Edna Award

Jennifer Epps-Addison at Wisconsin action. Photo via citizenactionwi.org

Jennifer Epps-Addison, J.D, the executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, has been named winner of the 2013 Edna Award.

The Edna Award, which carries a $10,000 prize, honors women age 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. It is named after Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild-CWA and the inspiration behind the Berger-Marks Foundation.

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D.C. Labor Film Fest: In Search of Solidarity

D.C. Labor Film Fest: In Search of Solidarity

This year’s D.C. Labor Film Fest—Oct.11–17 at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.—is taking place at a time when even a normally impervious establishment press has noticed that most Americans’ economic lives are in a long-term decline. There are just too many 20-somethings still living with their folks, too many young college grads working in jobs requiring no more than a high-school diploma, too many middle-aged workers dropping out of the labor force after failing to find employment, too many 60-somethings with insufficient savings to retire and way too many American workers with dim, if any, memories of getting a raise.

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Locked-Out AFGE Workers Volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank

Locked-Out AFGE Workers Volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank

In Massachussetts, AFGE locals are encouraging members to do volunteer work while they are locked out of their jobs. "Locked out of our offices, but not out of public service," says Carolyn Federoff, vice president of AFGE's Housing and Urban Development Council and an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Boston.

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