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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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Give Responsible Student Loan Borrowers a Chance

Student loan borrowers are trying to do the responsible thing by paying off their loans but are being punished with high interest rates.

When you take out a mortgage or car loan, you can refinance the loan to get a better interest rate. With student loans, however, you’re stuck with the interest rate set by Congress, even though that rate is high enough to produce massive profit beyond the costs of operating the student loan program. And that's just not fair. 

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Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win. 

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Take the Quiz: Which Labor Leader Are You?

Take the Quiz: Which Labor Leader Are You?

Which labor leader are you? Take the quiz, courtesy of Union Plus

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Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Every year on Labor Day weekend, people of faith and people concerned with social and economic justice come together to celebrate Labor Day and the contributions America's working families have made. 

We know that communities of faith aren't so different from workers who come together on the job for a voice and a better life. That common thread is solidarity. 

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How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You or Someone You Know? Here's What You Said, Part 2

How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You or Someone You Know? Here's What You Said, Part 2

This week, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and the people you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s more of what you’ve said so far.

Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246.

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Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Richard Trumka Has a Question for You this Labor Day

Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by.

How would you or someone you know be affected if we raised the federal minimum wage? Share your story by texting LABOR to 235246, and it could appear on the AFL-CIO Now blog

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Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Let’s Keep Walmart out of Our Classrooms, OK?

Summer’s about gone, and kids and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.

Back-to-school isn't the most fun time of year, but it is especially hard for teachers and students when there are billionaire families, like the Walmart-owning Waltons, gearing up to use their riches to attack public education and shift much-needed resources to for-profit corporate schools.

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The Elections Are Coming

The Elections Are Coming

As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. 

What issues will be on  your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. 

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Now THIS Is What We Call the Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

Leave it to union members to take the meaning of the word "solidarity" to a whole other level. Hat tip to Bridget Nee-Walsh, a staff member of the Ironworkers, for sharing this video on Facebook of union building trades members doing a collective "ice bucket challenge."

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Have You Ever Heard of the Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened

For you labor history buffs, Upworthy has a special treat. As part of the Workonomics series that examines the importance of collective action and economic policy that lifts working people and shines a light on inequality, labor history now has its own miniseries

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