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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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Throw Your Hands Up at Me: Beyoncé Drops Some Real Talk on Gender Equality

Photo via Hollywood Branded/Flickr

Gender equality is not a reality yet, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter writes for the Shriver Report. Knowles-Carter points out that even though women make up half of the workforce, the average female worker only makes 77% of what a working man makes. 

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Being Hungry...'It Messes with You'

One out of every two children in the United States at some point will be on federal food assistance. The hunger problem is not because of a shortage of food, it's because of poverty. 

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What Are You Willing to Do to Make Your Job Better?

Jess Kutch, founder of, a group that helps workers come together to make their workplaces better, gave a very powerful speech at the recent RootsCamp conference

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Cheer on Your Union Brothers and Sisters at the 2014 Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

This Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, union talent will be on full display at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. 

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74,000 New Jobs in December; Jobless Rate Dips to 6.7% Because People Are Dropping Out of the Labor Force

74,000 New Jobs in December; Jobless Rate Dips to 6.7% Because People Are Dropping Out of the Labor Force

The nation’s unemployment dropped to 6.7% in December from November's 7%, and the economy added 74,000 new jobs last month compared to the 203,000 new jobs in November, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Trumka: Fast Track Trade Promotion Is 'Undemocratic' and 'Bad for American Workers'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today released the following statement in opposition to Fast Track trade promotion (after the jump).

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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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Congress: Do the Right Thing, Renew Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Since the House GOP left 1.3 million people out in the cold this holiday season when it refused to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits, working families advocates, including President Barack Obama, are continuing to urge Congress to do the right thing. 

Call your representative today and ask him or her to renew the emergency unemployment insurance benefits: 877-318-0483.

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The People Who Expect You to Pick Up the Tab

In restaurants and other industries where workers earn the tipped minimum wage ($2.13 an hour), employers expect the customer to pay their employees. 

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What Millionaire Is Behind the Cynical Campaign to Keep the Minimum Wage Down?

Photo by the Other 98%/Facebook.

Raise the minimum wage? Psshh, let's lower it. 

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