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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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A 90-by-60-Foot Light Display on the Side of Our Building Makes a Pretty Big Statement on Deportations

A 90-by-60-Foot Light Display on the Side of Our Building Makes a Pretty Big Statement on Deportations

On the eve of May Day, the AFL-CIO joined the #Not1More deportation hunger strikers at our headquarters to lift up the plight of immigrant families who are being torn apart from each other. 

Check out the statement we made on the front of our building, after the jump, and watch a video of the program here.  

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How Will You Celebrate May Day?

How Will You Celebrate May Day?

On International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, working families are standing up across the United States, demanding action be taken on senseless deportations that hurt workers, families and communities. 

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What These Workers Need to Decide at the End of Every Week

Should they buy gas? Should they pay their bills? Buy groceries? Listen to minimum wage workers explain why they can't survive on $7.25. 

Do you agree that America’s working people need a raise? Sign the petition.

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Working Families Send Messages of Solidarity to Immigrant Workers on Hunger Strike

Photo courtesy of the National Day Laborer Network (NDLON)

Last week AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council met with hunger strikers who are protesting deportations that rip families apart from each other. These hunger strikers are camped out in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. 

If you want to send your own message to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage: Trumka Breaks It Down in Less than a Minute

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Spread the Love: Let Your Union Friends Know About AT&T Savings and Win Prizes

Spread the Love: Let Your Union Friends Know About AT&T Savings and Win Prizes

Union members and retirees can save 15% on select monthly voice service and select data plans with AT&T Wireless and Union Plus. They also can qualify for up to $250 in rebates when they switch from another carrier or upgrade to a new smartphone. You already may know about these savings, but do your union friends?

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Ohio Working Families Remind Speaker John Boehner to Renew Unemployment Insurance

Photo courtesy of Michael Gillis, Ohio AFL-CIO

A group of Ohio working families staked out House Speaker John Boehner's district office yesterday, reminding him he needs to renew unemployment insurance for the more than 2.8 million workers and counting who lost this vital lifeline. In Ohio, 65,000 unemployed workers lost these benefits. 

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Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

This week is a big one for workers fighting for a voice and fair treatment on the job. Northwestern football players are voting on union representation on Friday and Sherpas who work as guides for Mount Everest thrill seekers are on strike for safer conditions and fair pay. 

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AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

Update: This afternoon AP reported Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. who don't have serious criminal records. Read more

The AFL-CIO today called upon President Barack Obama to halt deportations that tear families apart from each other, and today the AFL-CIO sent the president a memo urging him to take swift action on the urgent needs of workers and immigrant communities

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Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union members all over the country regularly participate in community service and this week, Easter was a big theme. 

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