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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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U.S. Secretary of Labor Perez Points Out Collective Action by Workers Is Integral to Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Photo courtesy of the Metro Washington Labor Council

In New York City this morning at a forum discussing the need for family-friendly workplace policies, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez acknowledged working people coming together in unions is a driving force behind making strides in this area. Check out some tweets from Perez (after the jump).

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ICYMI: Champion of Working People, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Comes to the AFL-CIO

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't afraid to say the word "union." In fact, she says it "long and loud." 

Warren stopped by the AFL-CIO last week to read excerpts of her new book, A Fighting Chance

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Don't Forget to Leave a Bag of Non-Perishable Food at Your Mailbox Saturday, May 10, for the 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler leaves a bag of food next to her mailbox for NALC's "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, organized by the Letter Carriers (NALC), is tomorrow, May 10, and millions of working people are pitching in. All the cool kids are doing it, even AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.

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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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Union Members Brighten Up the Easter Holiday for Boulder City, Nev., Children Displaced from Their Families

Members of the Transport Workers (TWU) pitched in this Easter to give children who are wards of the Boulder City, Nev., county an Easter egg hunt to remember.

Check out the video in the post from TWU. 

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Union, Yes: Let's Take Back the Word

On May Day, North Carolina State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan is asking working people and union members to reflect on why unions are important and taking back the word itself. Listen to her poem in the video or the sound clip (after the jump). 

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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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