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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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New Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Solar Cells

New Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Solar Cells

China has been dumping solar cells on the U.S. market at artificially low prices, the U.S. Commerce Department ruled today, imposing stiff new tariffs of about 31 percent on 60 Chinese firms to provide U.S. manufacturers a fair playing field.

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Technicality Snarls Fairer NLRB Union Election Rules

Based on a technicality, a federal judge today rejected commonsense rules making National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union elections fairer.

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Romney Saved the Auto Industry—and I'm Santa

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

We don't usually spend time following presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch flip-floppery. But this one goes too far to ignore.

Romney, of "Let Detroit go bankrupt" fame, now says he should get credit for the resurgence of the U.S. auto companies.

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Trumka on 'Newsmakers': Jobs, Republicans, the NLRB and Walker

Trumka on 'Newsmakers': Jobs, Republicans, the NLRB and Walker

When Republican candidates ask Americans if they’re better off than they were four years ago when President Obama was elected, here’s what working people will be thinking about, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Former President George W. Bush lost U.S. jobs during a good economy. Obama has created jobs during the disastrous economy he inherited.

Trumka, questioned on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program this morning by Peter Wallsten of The Washington Post and Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal, challenged viewers to imagine how improved the economy could be today if Republicans in Congress had worked with Obama on job creation rather than pursuing their stated top priority of making him a one-term president.

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'Ideological Center of Republican Party Must Change'

A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute teamed up on a blunt op-ed in today's Washington Post, which is quite a stunner considering their establishment credentials.

"Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem" is the title.

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Adviser Left Romney Campaign During NLRB Ethics Probe

Former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Peter Schaumber, involved in an ethics probe by the board’s inspector general, no longer is an adviser to presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a report in The Hill.

“It’s hardly a coincidence that Schaumber resigned from the Romney campaign the same time that his inside source at the board was notified he was being investigated,” says AFL-CIO spokesperson Alison Omens.

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Is Wal-Mart Too Big, Powerful, Influential to Obey the Law?

This week’s reports from The New York Times that found “credible evidence that bribery played a persistent and significant role in Wal-Mart’s rapid growth in Mexico” are breathtaking, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a Huffington Post column

Nothing like this has happened since the collapse of Enron and Worldcom in 2002. And Wal-Mart is, of course, a more important company than either Enron or Worldcom. Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the United States.

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Machinists Reject Lockheed's Health Care, Pension Cuts

Machinists (IAM) members at three Lockheed Martin locations are on strike after voting overwhelmingly to reject a company contract offer that reduced health care benefits and dropped defined-benefit pensions for newly hired workers. Some 3,700 members are on strike in Fort Worth, Texas, Edwards Air Force Base in California and Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

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Another Call for Increasing Social Security Benefits

A Los Angeles Times column today echoes the AFL-CIO's call to increase Social Security benefits and shut down talk of benefit cuts.

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ALEC: A Political Liability

From corporate defections to a challenge to its tax-exempt status, “the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] has gone from a little-known acronym to a political fireball.”

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