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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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Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts Says Turkey Mine Disaster is a 'Punch in the Gut' for All Coal Miners

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United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement Thursday (after the jump). 

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Trumka: 'We've Been Talking About Infrastructure for a Long, Long Time. It's Time for Action'

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Today, working people and union members, including Ironworkers, Laborers (LIUNA), Bricklayers (BAC), Boilermakers (IBB), Electrcial Workers (IBEW), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Longshoremen (ILA), AFSCME, Seafarers (SIU), Railroad Signalmen (BRS), Transport Workers (TWU) and TCU/IAM rallied in front of the AFL-CIO's headquarters to lift up the need for jobs that build and move America through investing in our infrastructure. 

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Has Some Thoughts for Karl Rove

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Has Some Thoughts for Karl Rove

Responding to Karl Rove's comments about Hillary Rodham Clinton "suffering a brain injury," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had some choice words to say (see tweets after the jump). 

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Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Today, Human Rights Watch released a new report revealing child labor in U.S. tobacco fields throughout North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, where 90% of the country’s tobacco is grown.

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Trumka: Turkish Mining Disaster Is a 'Tragedy'

Responding to the news of the coal mining disaster in Manisa, Turkey, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement (after the jump). 

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Musicians Deliver More than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate, Urging Them to Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas

Musicians Deliver More than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate, Urging Them to Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas

Today in Santa Monica at Lionsgate headquarters, a group of musicians dropped off a petition with more than 12,000 signatures urging the production company, which benefits from taxpayer-funded film credits, to uphold industry standards and score their films in the United States, ensuring America's musicians are recording the music that makes movies come alive. 

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AFT's Randi Weingarten Energizes Newark, N.J., Voters and Volunteers for Today's Special Mayoral Election

If you're in Newark, N.J., don't forget to cast your ballot today in the special mayoral election. 

Check out this video (above) of AFT President Randi Weingarten energizing the working family volunteers to get out the vote for Ras Baraka. 

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

It's been more than three years since producers and associate producers who write reality TV shows for the British-owned mega-corporation ITV Studios voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), but no progress has been made on contract negotiations that would offer health care and other basic benefits to freelance producers. 

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Perez Points Out Collective Action by Workers Is Integral to Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Photo courtesy of the Metro Washington Labor Council

In New York City this morning at a forum discussing the need for family-friendly workplace policies, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez acknowledged working people coming together in unions is a driving force behind making strides in this area. Check out some tweets from Perez (after the jump).

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ICYMI: Champion of Working People, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Comes to the AFL-CIO

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't afraid to say the word "union." In fact, she says it "long and loud." 

Warren stopped by the AFL-CIO last week to read excerpts of her new book, A Fighting Chance

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