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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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Make the Union Choice, Switch to AT&T Wireless

Make the Union Choice, Switch to AT&T Wireless

Many union members choose to buy union-made food, gifts and other products, but did you also know you can make the union choice when it comes to your wireless provider?

All dues-paying union members and their families are eligible for AT&T’s 15% monthly discount on select monthly wireless plans. Additionally, Union Plus Credit Card holders are eligible to receive up to a $100 rebate on the purchase of a new smartphone, as well as up to a $150 rebate when switching from competing wireless providers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile.

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What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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Ga. Governor Agrees His State Is Great for Business Because Workers Are Cheap

Here's your rage-inducing video clip of the day. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal agrees in a CNBC interview his state is a real "deal" for businesses because workers are paid so little. Oh yeah, he directly ties this with being a "right to work" state. 

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Throwback Thursday: Look for the Union Label

Try getting this song out of your won't be easy. 

Text MADE to 235246 and get union-made products lists right to your phone (standard data & message rates may apply). 

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'Must Read' Raising Wages Story of the Week: 6 Ways to Reconnect Hard Work with Decent Pay

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly?

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If You're in Michigan's 14th Congressional District, Don't Forget to Vote Aug. 5 for Rudy Hobbs

Rudy Hobbs

Primary season is upon us already and if you're in the 14th Congressional District in Michigan, Aug. 5 is when you get to cast your ballot for the person you best think represents working families. 

Candidate Rudy Hobbs is that kind of person. Hobbs worked his way through college, taught first grade in the Detroit Public Schools and serves in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was awarded the Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League. 

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Why You Should Care About the Hobby Lobby Decision

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By now you've probably heard all about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. We don't need to get into all the details here, but the bottom line is: This is a blow to workers' rights, especially for women. 

The AFL-CIO Executive Council today condemned the Hobby Lobby decision made by five male justices as "radical" and said the ruling is a "major blow in the struggle for women’s health and threatens the Affordable Care Act’s goal of ensuring that all working families have access to cost-effective preventive health care."

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The High Cost of Walmart's Low Wages in One Handy Graphic

We've all heard about the negative impact of Walmart's low wages, but this handy graphic from Sum of Us lays it out nicely. 

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Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

Netroots Nation: Organizing the South and Women Workers Acting Collectively Engage Netroots Nation Audience

It's a simple message but it resonated strongly with the Netroots Nation crowd: "When workers stick together, they can't lose." This morning, two panels highlighting the importance of collective action sparked lively conversations with Netroots Nation goers at the Cobo Center in Detroit. 

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Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Writers-Producers testify at New York City hearing about poor working conditions in the reality TV industry.

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

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