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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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Last-Minute Shoppers, Check Out a Union-Made in America Easter Shopping List

Last-Minute Shoppers, Check Out a Union-Made in America Easter Shopping List

Easter is this weekend, so if you're scrambling to do some last-minute shopping, here’s a good place to start from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411

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Trumka Answers Redditors' Most Burning Questions on CEO Pay, Unions and Duck-Sized Horses

Trumka Answers Redditors' Most Burning Questions on CEO Pay, Unions and Duck-Sized Horses

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took to the online community of Reddit yesterday to participate in an "Ask Me Anything" on CEO pay for the launch of the AFL-CIO's Executive PayWatch site.  

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No More 'Mad Men' Pay

No More 'Mad Men' Pay

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

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AFL-CIO Stands with NFL Cheerleader and Oakland Raiderette Lacy T.

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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. 

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Go to School if You Don't Like Making Minimum Wage...Oh, Wait a Minute

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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. 

Hat tip to Upworthy's Workonomics section

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2 Million, 2 Many: Yes, President Obama Can Stop Deportations

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. 

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McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling 'Dangerously Broadened Its Skewed View of Money in Politics,' Says Trumka

McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling Is 'One of the Most Undemocratic and Corrosive Decisions in History,' Says Trumka

Reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election CommissionAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the court made "one of the most undemocratic and corrosive decisions in history with the Citizens United ruling."

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Norwegian Air's Foreign Air Carrier Permit Application Threatens to Undermine Wage and Labor Standards

Photo via Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia

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. 

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AFL-CIO Salutes Champions of Working Families: Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, John Boehner

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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.

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Watch Live: Catholic Bishops Hold Mass on the Border Highlighting Humanitarian Crisis from Failure to Act on Immigration Reform

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.

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