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Donna Jablonski working hard at the phone bank.

I’m the AFL-CIO’s deputy director of public affairs for publications, Web and broadcast. Prior to joining the AFL-CIO in 1997, I served as publications director at the nonprofit Children’s Defense Fund for 12 years. I began my career as a newspaper reporter in Southwest Florida, and since have written, edited and managed production of advocacy materials— including newsletters, books, brochures, booklets, fliers, calendars, websites, posters and direct response mail and e-mail—to support economic and social justice campaigns. In June 2001, I received a B.A. in Labor Studies from the National Labor College. Most important: I’m the very proud mom of a spectacular daughter.

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UAW Head Says Romney’s Jeep Claim Is a Wreck

UAW Head Calls Foul on Romney's Jeep Claims

UAW President Bob King has blasted presidential candidate Mitt Romney's false claim that Jeep is "thinking of moving all production to China," in a USA Today op-ed.

Romney's "meandering statements and plain falsehoods about the auto industry finally caught up to him earlier this week when he told a big whopper that cannot be squared with the truth," King said. "And, rather than take the opportunity to exhibit honesty and presidential character by correcting his misstatement, Romney doubled down with a misleading campaign spot about Jeep running in Ohio."

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‘Expand the Debate’ with Democracy Now

Before the presidential debate tonight, tune in to Democracy Now as the “Expanding the Debate” series continues. At 8 p.m. ET, Democracy Now will host and air a pre-debate community roundtable, live from Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y.

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Chicago Teachers, Students Heading Back to School

Chicago teachers vote to end strike. CTU full membership will vote on the framework for an agreement in the upcoming weeks.

Chicago's striking teachers will head back to school today after the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted to suspend their strike while members consider an agreement framework.

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Mitt, Meet the 47%

Mitt, Meet the 47%

Just who was Mitt Romney referring to in his secretly recorded comments at a Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser as people who don’t “take personal responsibility and care for themselves”?

  • 61 percent of them work but don’t earn enough to owe income tax.
  • 17 percent are students (who will pay plenty of taxes once they’re out of school), military families, people with disabilities and people who have lost their jobs—including victims of outsourcers like, well, Mitt Romney.
  • 22 percent are elderly. 

(Data source: www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3505#_ftn9.)

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No Suspension of Chicago Teachers Strike for Now

Photo by Orlando J. Velez, director of Chicago Federation of Labor "Community Services Activities - Labor Liaison with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

The Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted today not to suspend the strike that started Monday, but to take the tentative contract deal to the picket line for discussions over the next two days with the 26,000 striking teachers and school staff.

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Hey, Folks. You Just Got Labor Day All Wrong

Eric Cantor gets Labor Day all wrong.

Those of us who spent Labor Day thanking people for their hard work and reflecting on the contributions of the labor movement got the point of the day all wrong.

Fortunately, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was on Twitter to set us right.

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What's Wrong with Paul Ryan?

In case you’re having trouble remembering just how bad for working families the budget plan written by vice presidential contender Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would be, here’s a handy excerpt from a Top 10 list by the Center for American Progress.

1. It caters to the 1%.

Ryan’s proposed tax cuts for the rich are larger than the windfall they received from former President George W. Bush.

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Union Consensus on Romney’s VP Pick: Wrong for America

AFL-CIO unions reacting to presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul “End Medicare as We Know It” Ryan as his running mate say the Romney-Ryan ticket is the wrong choice for America.

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "Whether it's outsourcing American jobs or picking his running mate, Mitt Romney's proven just how bad his decision making is for working people. Aligning himself with the poster-child for ending Medicare and Social Security puts to rest any suggestion that Romney has a clue what the middle class needs. We're witnessing the radical Tea Party extremes drive the final nail in what was once the Republican Party."

Here’s what unions had to say:

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A Green Thumbs Up to UAW Local 723 Members

Mike Smith

Squash (lots of it), peppers, green beans and tomatoes will be sprouting soon at the 11,200-square-foot community garden in Monroe, Mich., planted recently by workers at the Chrysler Dundee engine plant, members of UAW  Local 723. The annual community garden provides fresh produce to community food pantries, Godworks Community Meals and local families hurt by the economic downturn.

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Revisions to Alabama’s HB 56 Are No Fix

Crowd rallies in Montgomery after reenacting 1965 march.

Despite promising a veto, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Friday signed into law revisions to the state’s notorious anti-immigrant measure HB 56. The new version (HB 658) maintains the worst of the original law’s provisions.

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