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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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Join the Upworthy Workonomics #UpChat Thursday on Twitter to Talk Labor Day

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The popular social sharing website Upworthy is tackling the minimum wage, the dignity of work and other important issues around Labor Day during its Twitter chat this Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT. 

Join the conversation using the hashtag #UpChat, and don't forget to check out the AFL-CIO Labor Day website for shareable graphics and placards

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On Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Dignity of Work Remains a Common Goal

Today, as thousands of people come to Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we wanted to share a powerful quote from King on the dignity of work:

So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs. Of those who are not in the so-called 'big jobs.' But let me say to you tonight, that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth.

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Why Are Things So Unequal? Let Robert Reich Break It Down for You

Of all developed nations in the world, the United States has the most unequal distribution of income...and it's getting worse. 

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says in his new documentary, "Inequality for All," "If workers don't have power, if they don't have a voice...their wages and benefits start eroding."

Check out the trailer for this film and see more content like this on the Upworthy Workonomics site

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Dancers' Alliance Launches Massive Campaign to Unionize Tours

What's choreographer Marty Kudelka's favorite part of being on tour? He doesn't have to make his bed every morning.

Kudelka, who has worked with Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake, is part of a group of performers, including singers, dancers and choreographers, who regularly tour with big name acts as part of their jobs. While many performers have a voice on the job when they work in music videos or on TV and film, they do not have the union contract for their tour work. This affects everything, from access to health insurance to retirement benefits and safety on the job. 

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IAM Wins Election to Represent Workers at US Airways

IAM Wins Election to Represent Workers at US Airways

The Machinists (IAM) sends us this update:

In a contest overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the IAM today won the election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways. The IAM received 1,903 votes, or 58% of all votes cast in the five-week election, while the Teamsters (IBT) received 1,418 votes, less than 42%.

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BART Strike Delayed for at Least 60 Days

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It was announced yesterday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike was blocked for a 60-day cooling-off period. A San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered the period requested by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

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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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