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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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Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

This week is a big one for workers fighting for a voice and fair treatment on the job. Northwestern football players are voting on union representation on Friday and Sherpas who work as guides for Mount Everest thrill seekers are on strike for safer conditions and fair pay. 

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AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

Update: This afternoon AP reported Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. who don't have serious criminal records. Read more

The AFL-CIO today called upon President Barack Obama to halt deportations that tear families apart from each other, and today the AFL-CIO sent the president a memo urging him to take swift action on the urgent needs of workers and immigrant communities

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Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union members all over the country regularly participate in community service and this week, Easter was a big theme. 

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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.

By Stasiland/Flickr

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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