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In the States Roundup

It’s time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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Building Immigrant Worker Power

If you are organizing workers in California, it’s likely you are organizing immigrant workers. It’s also very likely the employer has threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the workers begin to assert their rights and talk about forming a union. Employers too often use the threat of deportation as a form of intimidation, harassment and retaliation against workers and their families. Nothing chills an organizing drive quicker than the threat of calling ICE; it can separate workers from their children, parents and spouses. 

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Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), whose attempt to strip tens of thousands of public employees of their bargaining rights in 2011 failed, lashed out last week at the state’s 10,000 child care and home care workers when he issued an executive order stripping them of their collective bargaining rights.

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Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Jim Kenney, a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter, won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia after running a campaign as a strong raising wages champion. Once considered a long shot to win the primary, Kenney's victory joins a growing list of candidates who win elections by focusing on lifting workers up and creating pathways to the American Dream. In 2013, union member Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral race and Bill de Blasio won in New York City after similarly advocating strongly on behalf of working families.

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State Battles Roundup

Photo courtesy WFIU Public Radio on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have ended recently or are about to end and local governments are often active year-round. This means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that recently have passed or could be on the agenda this week or next.

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D.C. Residents Can Now Support Good Jobs with Every Dollar They Spend

D.C. Residents Can Now Support Good Jobs with Every Dollar They Spend

The American middle class is at risk, with rising income inequality, the continued loss of good jobs and retirement security vanishing. As workers fight back by organizing at workplaces across the country, they now have another tool that reaches every American, a powerful good jobs consumer movement that promotes the interests of America’s workers and high-road businesses while ensuring the growth of the nation’s economy.

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Young New Jersey Workers Look to Past for Clues for Future

More than 25 young workers in New Jersey took a step back in history during a tour of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon. By understanding the past, young workers are developing the knowledge necessary to ensure a robust future for the labor movement. This is an ongoing theme of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers program, and we thank Passaic County Youth Engagement in Solidarity (YES), the Passaic County Labor Council, the American Labor Museum and union affiliates for making this special event possible.

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N.J. AFL-CIO Proud to Be Part of Pension Funding Fight Before State Supreme Court

N.J. AFL-CIO Proud to Be Part of Pension Funding Fight Before State Supreme Court

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our affiliated public employee unions in the fight for state pension funding before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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State Battles Roundup

Photo of the NY State Capitol, courtesy Wally Gobetz on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have recently ended or are about to end, which means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that could be on the agenda this week or next.

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Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank, the largest majority union-owned bank in the United States, is teaming up with We Are One New Jersey to make it easier for aspiring Americans to apply for U.S. citizenship.  The new program will offer short-term, low-interest loans to legal U.S. residents who are unable to afford the $680 citizenship application fee. Borrowers will be offered below market interest rates and will have six months to repay the loans. We Are One New Jersey will offer the loan applications at their centers in Hudson and Union counties in May.  

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