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.
We celebrated Equal Pay Day last week, but really it's something we should be talking about every day, writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in her latest MomsRising column.
Cheerleading for professional sports is more than sporting sparkly midriff-baring tops, white cowboy boots and zipping off to calendar shoots...it's a job. And it's demanding.
The next time you hear someone say minimum wage workers need more education if they want to make living wages, pull this bad boy graphic up.
More than 1,000 people are deported every day. It is predicted that in April, the Obama administration will have deported 2 million people during its tenure. Amid congressional inaction, President Barack Obama and his administration need to hear from working families that we can't wait any longer for action. The president can take concrete, bold and necessary actions today to stop senseless deportations that tear families apart from each other.
Reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the court made "one of the most undemocratic and corrosive decisions in history with the Citizens United ruling."
We've seen it happen before. Global companies do business by finding the cheapest labor to gain a competitive edge. Now this type of behavior is threatening U.S. airline workers.
The AFL-CIO released its legislative scorecard today to grade how well senators and representatives served working families in 2013. The electronic voting record, which tracks where lawmakers stood on important issues for working families, was full of surprises. Guess who topped our list? Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) tied as the top champions for working families in the Senate.
For information on the scorecard and to see how senators and representatives really voted, please click here.
On the U.S.–Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., today, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border and Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, will celebrate Mass on behalf of the nearly 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.
See a collection of tweets from today's rally outside the Heritage Foundation (after the jump).
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