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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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Minimum Wage Victory Celebrated on the New Jersey Senate Floor

Minimum Wage Victory Celebrated on the New Jersey Senate Floor

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO this week celebrated a milestone in its campaign to raise the state minimum wage by joining partners and advocates from across the Garden State in a recognition ceremony held in the Senate.

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Why Won't Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint Debate Trumka on the Minimum Wage?

Why Won't Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint Debate Trumka on the Minimum Wage?

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has reached out to Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint to engage in a public forum on the minimum wage. DeMint declined. What's he afraid of? Check out the video (after the jump) to see what Trumka thinks. 

If you think America's working families need a raise, sign the petition 

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Hey, Walmart, Isn't It Time for a Raise?

Image via American Rights at Work

Richard Wilson, a Walmart worker and OUR Walmart member from Chicago, sent the following email to working families' supporters yesterday:

I’m 27 years old, I’m trying to finish my college degree and I work at Walmart.

Sign the petition to tell Walmart it’s time to give workers like me a raise to a minimum of $25,000 a year.

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Actor James Rebhorn Penned His Own Obituary, Thanked His Union Family

Image via David Shankbone/Wikimedia

Actor James Rebhorn, who many know from the TV series "Homeland" (I personally love his performance as the father of the groom in "Meet the Parents"), passed away last week after a more than 10-year battle with skin cancer. Rebhorn had written his own obituary, which you can view on his New Jersey church's website.

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Global Labor Unions Lead the Fight to Advance Rights and Equality for Working Women

ICYMI, the United Nations this month examined women's equality worldwide and invited some special guests (including AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler) to discuss ways to improve the lives of working women across the globe. 

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Massachusetts Fire Fighters Sing 'Let It Go' to Calm a Scared Girl Stuck in an Elevator

Massachusetts Fire Fighters Sing 'Let It Go' to Calm a Scared Girl Stuck in an Elevator

Members of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1640 of Reading, Mass., not only rescued a four-year-old girl, her mom and younger brother from being stuck in an elevator, but they serenaded her with the song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" to alleviate her fears. 

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Big Thanks to Hip-Hop Star Common for Standing with Nissan Workers

Big Thanks to Hip-Hop Star Common for Standing with Nissan Workers

This weekend hip-hop star Common, famous for songs like "I Used to Love H.E.R." and acting roles such as "Terminator Salvation" and "Happy Feet Two," performed as part of a free show in support of workers who are organizing for a voice on the job at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. (Check out his awesome T-shirt.) The workers are pushing for a vote to organize as part of the UAW.

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What Happens When You Build a State-of-the-Art Training Center? The City Names Part of the Highway After You

George Bove poses with the new IBEW highway sign.

Knoxville, Tenn., is pretty proud of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Electrician Training Academy. So proud, in fact, it renamed 2 miles of Interstate 75 after the union training facility. 

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Lifelong Indiana Ironworker Wins National United Way Community Services Award

Photo below from left to right—Nancy McCormick, AFL-CIO/CSL Midwest Regional Director, United Way Worldwide; Dan Murchek, President, Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor; Deb Townsend, AFL-CIO/CSL Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, Lake Area United Way; Sharon Wright, Women's Leadership Council, LaPorte County United Way; James Stemmler, Local #395 Ironworkers retired, Beirne Award Winner; Kathy Ertle, President, Indiana Association of United Ways; Chris Brickey, President, Central Indiana Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Mrs. Karen Husky and Mr. Gary Husky, #395 Ironworkers, retired.

James Stemmler of Michigan City, Ind., has spent more than 20 years leading labor volunteers in community improvement. He initiated the Union Workers Street Collection for United Way in 2007, when he invited four trade unions to volunteer. During the most recent event, 20 union volunteers raised more than $3,100 in four hours.

Stemmler was presented with the prestigious national Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award for his longtime work with United Way and the labor community in La Porte County. The award was presented at the Indiana Association of United Ways State Leaders Conference on March 13 in Indianapolis.

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Hey, DREAMers with DACA, Learn Your Rights at Work

Hey DREAMers with DACA, Learn Your Rights at Work

Join the “Working with DACA: Workplace Rights Webinar” this Thursday March 13, at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) and find out all you need to know about DACA and employment.  

Register NOW.

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