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Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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New Jersey Union Members Learn ‘Common Sense Economics'

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In New Jersey Monday, eight union members took part in the state’s first “Common Sense Economics” training, which at its core, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has “a clear, simple message: Raising wages works.”

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Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Nation’s Strongest Bill of Rights

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Housekeepers, nannies, caregivers for the elderly and other domestic workers in Massachusetts now are protected by the nation’s fourth and most comprehensive Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.

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Detroit Rally Aims to Turn the Water Back On

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Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of city residents with outstanding debts, even if their debt was incurred by previous owners or is only 60 days late. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of union members from local, state and national unions, community members and activists from the groups at the Netroots Nation conference will hold a march and rally to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs and restoration of water service to those who have had their water cut off.

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Organizing for Respect, Recognition, Raise in N.C. Tobacco Fields

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AFL-CIO Union Summer interns have joined members of the Farm Workers Organizing Committee (FLOC) in a drive to organize thousands of North Carolina tobacco farm workers as part of FLOC's "Respect, Recognition, Raise" campaign and fight for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, respect in the workplace and union recognition. Many farm workers who harvest and tend tobacco often live in labor camps with inadequate or nonfunctioning toilets and showers and other substandard conditions, suffer from illnesses resulting from nicotine poisoning and exposure to dangerous pesticides and work long hours for below-poverty wages.

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19 States Take Steps to Fight Back Against Privatization

19 States Take Steps to Fight Back Against Privatization

Lawmakers are beginning to recognize the widespread problems with the outsourcing of government services. According to a new report from In the Public Interest, 19 states have taken proactive steps to reverse this trend, which began in the 1970s and 1980s. The report also notes that taxpayers have begun to tire of the diminished quality and even loss of services that can arise from outsourcing them.

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Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

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California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

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I’m Going Where the Action Is: Massachusetts

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When I get frustrated with the Republican gridlock in Washington, D.C., that has put a stranglehold on so many vital working family issues like raising wages, paid sick leave, workers' rights and more, I look around and see the work the labor movement and its allies are doing in the states. That’s where the action is these days, and that’s why I’m so looking forward to my trip to Massachusetts today.

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Fifty Years: A Land of Opportunity

Fifty years ago this week, the U.S. Senate passed the version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would be passed by the House and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The bill faced a filibuster of 14 hours and 13 minutes by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Between the passage by the Senate and debate by the House, three young civil rights workers—Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Earl Chaney—disappeared into the night on June 21, 1964, driving in the rural area near Philadelphia, Miss. Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney were later found dead, having been murdered for trying to register African American voters in Mississippi.

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Loudly and Proudly, Moral Monday Calls for Workers’ Rights


After a North Carolina judge struck down the “imminent disturbance” gag rule aimed at silencing Moral Monday demonstrators, more than 1,000 rallied for workers’ rights at the state Capitol yesterday evening. Several hundred, led by North Carolina union members, marched into the building loudly chanting and singing their demands that the legislature roll back its extremist measures that have attacked voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights.

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