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Denying ALEC: Winners and Losers of the Week

Denying ALEC: 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, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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This Is an Emergency

Ohio AFL-CIO NextUp members show us their collective student loan debt.

Senate Republicans this month blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) bill that would let students refinance their college loans. It’s not the first time. They also did it in June.

Don't they realize "student loan debt is an emergency?" writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler in her recent MomsRising column

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Yet Another Reason Mitch McConnell Is Bad for Working Families: Right to Work

We previously told you about 11 reasons why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is bad for working families. Seems we left out a pretty big one—right to work. Along with his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, McConnell introduced an amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have established a national "right to work" law.

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The Labor Movement Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

LACLAA 10th Anniversary meeting, 1994

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) honors the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement is tweeting daily on milestones for Hispanic workers and Latino labor leaders. You also can find out more on its Facebook page.

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Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Living Wage

Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Living Wage

In a vote that establishes one of the highest living wages in the country, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12–3 to establish a $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers. The historic victory was the culmination of two years in a row of hard work by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and organizers say it will lift up many working families living in difficult financial situations while the L.A. hotel and tourism industries are booming. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said that this victory sets the stage for a broader minimum wage increase.

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Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work'

Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work'

Three times each month, dozens of women gather in dusty courtyards in rural towns in Manikganj, Dinazpur or other districts across Bangladesh to learn all they can about the only means by which they can support their families: migrating to another country for work.

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Ky. AFL-CIO Launches Young Workers Effort

Berry Craig photo

Chris Ormes says this year will be a double milestone for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.

First, we’re starting a statewide Young Workers Program. Second, we’re doing it in the year that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the youngest secretary of state in the country, is going to beat one of the oldest obstructionists in Washington [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell], as far as the labor movement is concerned.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

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

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Respecting Labor Rights Must Be Part of Building a Lasting Peace in Colombia

Respecting Labor Rights Must Be Part of Building a Lasting Peace in Colombia

With unions from the Americas and Europe, the AFL-CIO is participating in the 6th Congress of the Central Union of Workers (CUT) Colombia, the country’s largest labor federation, from Sept. 23–26. The congress takes place as Colombia moves forward with a negotiation and peace-building process to end a 50-year conflict that has killed more than 170,000 civilians. The armed conflict has been used by the government for decades to systematically deny basic labor and human rights. More than 3,000 trade unionists were murdered by paramilitary, government and armed guerilla forces for exercising fundamental labor rights since 1987. In spite of strong recent economic growth, Colombia continues to have the third highest social inequality in Latin America after the much poorer countries of Haiti and Honduras. Any sustainable solution to this long-term crisis must include respect for workers’ rights and shared prosperity. 

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Still Without a Contract, Golden Gate Ferry Captains Hold One-Day Strike

Golden Gate Bridge District photo via Facebook

The ferryboat captains—members of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)—who operate San Francisco’s commuter ferries between Sausalito, Larkspur and the city are holding a one-day unfair labor practice strike today. The action follows another round of negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge District that failed to reach a settlement.

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