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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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NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job. 

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What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

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

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Made in America: Union-Made Wines

Made in America: Union-Made Wines

National Drink Wine Day is coming up Feb. 18 (let's be honest, we don't really need a special occasion to pop a cork), so don't forget to check out this list of union-made in America wine and champagne from our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Beverages include those brought to you by the United Farm Workers (UFW), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Teamsters (IBT). 

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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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