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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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Dr. King: 'No Work Is Insignificant'

Today, as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and working families all over the country are coming together in marches for civil and workplace rights, we ask you to join them in a simple pledge.

Wherever you are, you can commit to stand with us in the fight for equality and justice for all workers' civil rights in 2014.

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

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Show your solidarity Super Bowl Sunday by not only cheering on your favorite NFL Players Association (NFLPA) members, but also buying union-made-in-America food and drinks for your party. Check out these union-made Super Bowl party products.

Want more union-made products? Text MADE to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply).

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NLRB Files Formal Complaint Against Walmart, Internal Anti-Union Documents Also Leaked

Photo via Our Walmart/blackfridayprotests.org

The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint yesterday against the retail behemoth Walmart, alleging that the company violated the rights of nearly 70 workers rallying over workplace conditions in 14 states.

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UAW's Bob King Talks About the Real 'Enemy' in the Fight to Restore Wages and Bargaining Power (and How We Can Stop It)

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The social compact is gone, said UAW President Bob King yesterday in Detroit, and if we want a growing middle class again, we need to restore it.

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What We're Reading Today: Thursday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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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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Trumka: Senate Republicans’ Failure to Support Unemployment Insurance Extension Is 'Appalling'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement last night responding to the Senate Republicans' failure to support an extension of the emergency unemployment benefits (after the jump).

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Are You Unemployed?

Are You Unemployed?

While working families are urging Congress to renew the emergency unemployment insurance benefits for the 2.5 million workers left without a lifeline, MomsRising is asking people to share their stories so we can raise the profile of this important issue.

Share your unemployment story with MomsRising

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What We're Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Meet the People Who Could Save the Labor Movement

Ai-jen Poo. Image via Women Together/Flickr

Women. 

Labor leaders like AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Emerita Arlene Holt Baker, National Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai and National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo are some of the women Bryce Covert mentions in her article for The Nation, How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement.

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