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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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Berger-Marks Foundation Deadline for Edna Award Is Aug. 16

Veronica Avila, winner of the 2012 Edna Award.

The deadline for the 2013 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award is Aug. 16. The award recognizes a young woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to social justice and to improving the lives of working women and men.

Fill out the nomination form here, and read more about the Edna Award here

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80% of Low-Wage Workers Lack Even One Paid Sick Day a Year

80% of Low-Wage Workers Lack Even One Paid Sick Day a Year

More than four in 10 private-sector workers and 80% of low-wage workers do not have paid sick days. This means people, especially women who are more likely to work in low-wage jobs, constantly have to choose between their health and a paycheck. 

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Unions in Colombia: A Discussion with Journalist Stephen Franklin

The Pulitzer Center is hosting a discussion next Monday by Journalist Stephen Franklin on his project Death Stalks Colombia's Unions.

Space is limited, so RSVP to rsvp@pulitzercenter.org—specify in subject line: July 22 event.

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Update: Ingham County Judge Says Detroit Bankruptcy Filing Violates Michigan Constitution

The Detroit Free Press just reported an Ingham County judge threw a wrench in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's (R) Detroit bankruptcy filing, saying it violates the Michigan Constitution and must be withdrawn. 

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NYC McDonald's Worker Collapses After Being Forced to Work in Kitchen Without Air Conditioning

A McDonald's worker fainted today at New York City's 181st Street and Broadway location after working in the kitchen without air conditioning for several hours. The woman felt ill and asked to leave but says her boss wouldn't allow her to go home because there was no backup. Tweets and photos (see after the jump) surfaced of the woman leaving with paramedics. Outraged by the working conditions, fellow workers walked off the job in protest. 

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AFSCME and Michigan Working Families Respond to Detroit Bankruptcy Filing

From the Michigan Governor's Office.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) authorized a bankruptcy filing yesterday for the city of Detroit based on recommendations from financial manager Kevyn Orr, making it the largest city in the United States to ever take that step. AFSCME members and other public-sector workers were not consulted for input before the filing. 

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Real McDonald's Workers Discuss What It's Like to Live on a McBudget

McDonald's budget is pretty out of touch.

You may have heard by now about the McDonald's budgeting tool that assumes people only pay $20 for health insurance and doesn't account for food, gas or other living expenses. 

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Governments Get a Big, Fat 'F' for Tackling Unemployment

Trade union leaders from G20 countries are meeting this week at the Labor 20 (L20) Summit in Moscow to tackle the world's biggest problems, including rising unemployment, alarming levels of youth unemployment and the overall lack of jobs. 

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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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