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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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Black History Month: IBEW Leader Breaks Down Voting Barriers for People of Color in Mississippi

Charlie Horhn. Photo via the Electrical Worker online.

It took years of hard work, but Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2262 member and former local president Charles Horhn didn't give up on his dream. Horhn, a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi and worked with the Mississippi AFL-CIO, the NAACP, as well as other community and faith groups to register voters of color all over the state starting in the 1960s.

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear workers reflect on Black History Month (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Calls House GOP Immigration 'Standards' a 'Flimsy Document'

Seven months after 68 senators overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration bill, House Republicans respond with a flimsy document that only serves to underscore the callous attitude Republicans have toward our nation's immigrants.

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Immigration Reform Without Road Map to Citizenship Is ‘Fool's Gold,’ Says Trumka

A hoax. A joke. Fool's gold. That's how AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka characterized an emerging House GOP immigration proposal that didn't include green cards or a road map to citizenship in an interview today with The Washington Post's David Nakamura

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On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act's 5th Anniversary, Our Work Is Cut Out for Us

On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act's 5th Anniversary, Our Work Is Cut Out for Us

Lilly Ledbetter found out she was being paid less than her male counterparts for nearly two decades when she was a supervisor at a Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant. And then she made the decision to fight back. 

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AFL-CIO Affiliate Unions and Allies Respond to the State of the Union Address

AFL-CIO affiliate unions and allies shared their reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address (after the jump). 

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What Do You Want to Hear in the State of the Union? Here's What You Said

What Do you Want to Hear in the State of the Union? Here's What You Said

We asked you what you wanted to hear in the State of the Union address from President Barack Obama and here are some highlights of what you said. 

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What Workers Are Saying About the State of Their Union

What Workers Are Saying About the State of Their Union

Want to hear what workers are saying about the state of their union? Here are some stories from people on what they want to hear President Barack Obama say in his State of the Union address. 

What's the state of your union? Share your ideas with us to be featured in the blog by texting SOTU to 235246 (standard data & message rates may apply).

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What Is the State of YOUR Union?

What Is the State of YOUR Union?

What's the state of your union? Share your ideas with us to be featured in the blog by texting SOTU to 235246 (standard data & message rates may apply).

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The 5 Things We Want to Hear in President Obama's State of the Union Speech

The 5 Things We Want to Hear in President Obama's State of the Union Speech

President Barack Obama will give his annual State of the Union address to the American people next week. But what is the state of our union? The vast majority of America's working families have experienced a raw deal in recent decades. Wages are falling, the gulf between the rich and everybody else is growing larger, we have a shrinking middle class and too many working families with no access to the American Dream. 

What's the state of your union? Share your ideas with us to be featured in the blog by texting SOTU to 235246 (standard data & message rates may apply).

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