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Will the 2016 Presidential Election Be Decided by Voter Suppression Laws?

In 2016, 10 states will be putting into place restrictive voting laws that they will be enforcing for the first time in a presidential election. These laws range from new hurdles to registration to cutbacks on early voting to strict voter identification requirements. Collectively, these 10 states are home to more than 80 million people and will wield 129 of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.

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'Lunch Ladies Rock': Winners and Losers of the Week

'Lunch Ladies Rock': Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families or working people who have fought for or won a significant victory. The losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights or the working people who have lost a right or a battle for expanding or keeping their rights. 

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The Republican Candidates Hate Retirement Security: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Union, Yes: Machinists Win Back-to-Back Organizing Drives in Texas

Exciting things are happening in Texas. The Machinists (IAM) today announced a second important organizing victory, this time for 475 office and clerical personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi. This follows an April organizing win for 450 helicopter mechanics and technicians at the same facility.

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I Am AFGE: Meet Paul Ferris

Paul Ferris is the president of AFGE Local 2516 in El Paso, Texas. He and the other members of his unit work at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, treating active duty service members who are between tours of duty or preparing to go overseas. The latest episode of the "I Am AFGE" video series takes a look at the work Paul and his fellow AFGE members do on behalf of our troops.

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Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

Labor Leaders See Promise Organizing in Texas

The AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Texas this week as a sign of confidence that the southern state has great potential for workers who are organizing on the job. A Houston Chronicle profile takes a look at efforts in Texas and goals for broader organizing efforts in the South.

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When We Win, We Win Together

Photo via Fe y Justicia Worker Center

This past Wednesday, after two years of neighborhood organizing, street actions, community forums, strategy meetings and justice buses led by the Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Houston workers won a historic Wage Theft Ordinance. The Houston City Council made history passing the first municipal ordinance cracking down on wage theft in Texas and only the second in a major metropolis in the U.S. South.

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Is Texas Going to Let Wendy Davis Vote for Herself for Governor?

Photo courtesy the Texas Tribune

The answer, it seems, is "not without an affidavit." Davis, a Democrat who is running for governor of the Lone Star State in 2014, attempted to vote early in this year's elections in Fort Worth when she was told by poll workers that she had to sign an affidavit in order to vote under Gov. Rick Perry's new voter disenfranchisement law. The candidate's identification showed both her maiden and married names, Wendy Russell Davis, while the voter registration rolls only included her married last name, reading "Wendy Davis." Because the names didn't match exactly, she was required to sign an affidavit to vote.

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Austin Passes Some Pretty Cool Laws for Construction Workers

Workers Defense Project

Several hundred construction workers in Austin, Texas—mostly immigrants—and their supporters from faith, union and community groups saw their months-long fight for respect and fair wages come to a successful conclusion when the Austin City Council last week passed an ordinance requiring employers on construction projects that receive city economic incentives pay prevailing wages, provide safety training and other worker protections.

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Company Turns to IBEW and Brings Jobs Back from China

Neutex Advanced Energy Group, a Houston-based maker of LED lights, light bulbs and fixtures, brought its core manufacturing operation from China back to the United States last year and turned to the Electrical Workers (IBEW) to staff its facility.

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