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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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If You're in Michigan's 14th Congressional District, Don't Forget to Vote Aug. 5 for Rudy Hobbs

Rudy Hobbs

Primary season is upon us already and if you're in the 14th Congressional District in Michigan, Aug. 5 is when you get to cast your ballot for the person you best think represents working families. 

Candidate Rudy Hobbs is that kind of person. Hobbs worked his way through college, taught first grade in the Detroit Public Schools and serves in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was awarded the Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League. 

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Why You Should Care About the Hobby Lobby Decision

Photo via DangApricot/Wikimedia

By now you've probably heard all about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. We don't need to get into all the details here, but the bottom line is: This is a blow to workers' rights, especially for women. 

The AFL-CIO Executive Council today condemned the Hobby Lobby decision made by five male justices as "radical" and said the ruling is a "major blow in the struggle for women’s health and threatens the Affordable Care Act’s goal of ensuring that all working families have access to cost-effective preventive health care."

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The High Cost of Walmart's Low Wages in One Handy Graphic

We've all heard about the negative impact of Walmart's low wages, but this handy graphic from Sum of Us lays it out nicely. 

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Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

It's a simple message but it resonated strongly with the Netroots Nation crowd: "When workers stick together, they can't lose." This morning, two panels highlighting the importance of collective action sparked lively conversations with Netroots Nation goers at the Cobo Center in Detroit. 

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Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Writers-Producers testify at New York City hearing about poor working conditions in the reality TV industry.

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

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When Workers Come Together, We Win: Working Families Victory Roundup

Letter Carrier Michael Shea from Georgia. Photos via Letter Carriers, NALC.

Working people scored major victories over the past several months, organizing new workplaces and winning fights to raise wages.

Check out some highlights of recent working families victories after the jump. 

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Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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Your Favorite Made-in-America Products? Here's What You Said

Your Favorite Made-in-America Products? Here's What You Said

On July 4, we asked our mobile supporters what their favorite made-in-America products are. We saw some of the usual suspects, including beer and work boots, but check out some highlights below. 

Want union-made lists sent to your phone? Text MADE to 235246. 

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BLS June Jobs Report Shows Increase of 288,000 Jobs, Marking Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008

BLS June Jobs Report Shows Increase of 288,000 Jobs, Marking Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, up from 217,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was 6.1%, a dip from last month’s 6.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This marks the lowest unemployment rate since 2008 and the best five-month stretch of job growth since the early 1990s. 

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AFL-CIO Hosts Successful Citizenship Event

Photo by Gonzalo Salvador

This weekend, 58 legal residents took the next step in becoming American citizens with the help of volunteers at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of 49 DREAMers, who came to the United States as children, also attended to receive help filling out paperwork for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and renewals under the program.

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