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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Media Matters have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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What We’re Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

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

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What We’re Reading Today: Thursday 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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Public Employee Labor–Management Partnerships Saving Money, Time and Jobs

Engineers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The facility maintains and modernizes the U.S. Navy's fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Richard Chaffee/Released)

Local, state and federal public employees and their unions are often targeted by lawmakers trying to score political points and corporate interests looking for profits in privatized public services. But a new report shows how public employees and their unions are working with management to improve the way government runs and provide better services.

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Private-Sector Union Membership Grows in 2013, but Attacks on Public Employees Take Toll

Private-Sector Union Membership Grows in 2013, but Attacks on Public Employees Take Toll

The number of workers in unions in 2013 rose by 162,000, with the increase of 281,000 workers in private-sector unions offset by the decrease of 118,000 public-sector union members, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What We're Reading Today: Thursday 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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What Would Happen if Wisconsin’s Walker Had Run Under His Anti-Union Election Rules?

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It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is still proud of himself for declaring holy war against Dairy State public employee unions, might be thinking about tossing his hat in the ring for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Because he seems to be at least mulling a “move up to the Oval Office, his undemocratic policies become an even greater threat to all American workers,” warns Joanne Ricca, who recently retired as Wisconsin State AFL-CIO legislative and research director.

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Illinois State Workers Deserve the Paychecks They Earned

It’s a matter of fairness. Illinois lawmakers need to do the right thing and pay 25,000 unionized state public service workers the back pay they are owed since July 2011.

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Executive Council: Detroit Bankruptcy Must Not Impoverish Workers, Retirees

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Detroit’s bankruptcy filing “must not be used as a tool to impoverish city of Detroit workers or retirees,” says the AFL-CIO Executive Council, in a statement from its July meeting.

City workers already have made severe concessions to keep the city afloat. They are not to blame for Detroit’s financial problems, yet they have been making sacrifices all along the way to help the city out….The AFL-CIO will continue to support our city of Detroit active and retired members in their fight to maintain dignity on the job, a safe workplace, fair wages and benefits for their labor, and against cuts in the pensions they have paid for and earned.

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AFSCME’s Saunders Slams Lack of Communication in Detroit’s Rush to Bankruptcy

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Before Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and his hand-picked emergency manager Kevyn D. Orr rushed the city’s bankruptcy filing to federal court last week, they refused to sit down and discuss the future of the city’s workers and retirees, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said this morning on "The Bill Press Show." He told Press:

They have not sat down and talked with the union at all in Detroit. They have refused to do so, to talk about how these issued can be resolved. They have said they’ve attempted to have these kinds of discussions. That is a bold-faced lie.

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