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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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A Pizza Shop Owner Wrote a Facebook Post About Locked-Out Union Members. Then Something Amazing Happened

It's good to be union. Especially when your family is by your side. 

Check out this video from the United Steelworkers (USW) about Maddio's Pizza and Subs owner Matt Struhar who wrote a Facebook post in solidarity with the locked-out steelworkers at ATI Technologies a few weeks ago. 

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Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.

Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. 

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China’s Currency Devaluation Deepens Unfair Trade Practices

China’s Currency Devaluation Deepens Unfair Trade Practices

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement after China’s latest currency manipulation:

China’s recent currency devaluation—by nearly 4% on Tuesday and Wednesday—provides further confirmation that the failure to include enforceable currency disciplines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves a gaping hole in U.S. trade policy.

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Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91

Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91

Longtime stage, TV and movie actor, as well as former president of the Actors' Equity (AEA), Theodore Bikel passed away at age 91 on July 21, 2015. 

Aside from famous stage roles, including Captain von Trapp in the "Sound of Music," Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," Bikel was a tireless advocate for actors and their right to a union voice on the job. He served as president of Actors’ Equity  from 1973–1982 and was the longtime president of the Actors and Artistes (4As).

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