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McCain Amendment Could Scuttle U.S. Maritime Industry

This Jones Act tanker was built by U.S. workers at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego and launched in 2004. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

While many lawmakers are focusing on creating, maintaining and even bringing back jobs to the United States, Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.) is pushing legislation that threatens 400,000 U.S. shipbuilding, seafaring and supply chain jobs in the maritime industry.

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What’s in the State of the Union for Young Workers?

What’s in the State of the Union for Young Workers?

As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka noted, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night was filled with “eloquent and forceful advocacy for working families,” including combating income inequality, raising wages and strengthening unions. Obama’s address also contained a number of proposals that would have a significant impact on young workers and that also coincide with the recently released AFL-CIO’s youth economic platform.

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Take Action: National Call-In Week Against Fast Track

Take Action: National Call-In Week Against Fast Track

The new Republican-controlled Congress isn't wasting any time in pushing policies that will harm working families. How long will it be until they start pushing for Fast Track trade authority, potentially one of the most devastating ideas that has serious traction in Washington, D.C., right now? The good news is that you don't have to sit around waiting for it to happen, you can take action now.

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LIUNA, UAW Members Guests of First Lady at State of the Union

LIUNA, UAW Members Guests of First Lady at State of the Union

Two union members, one representing the benefits of union training and apprenticeship programs and the other the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry were guests of first lady Michelle Obama during last night’s State of the Union address.

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Trumka: Obama 'Forcefully Advocated for Working Families' in State of Union

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "President Obama eloquently and forcefully advocated for working families throughout his State of the Union Address," last night. He also said:

The  president’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access to education and earned leave sent the right message at the right time.

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Play State of the Union Bingo and Follow Our Live Twitter Feed

Play State of the Union Bingo and Follow Our Live Twitter Feed

In his State of the Union address tonight, we’re hoping President Barack Obama will talk about raising wages, making sure Fast Track doesn’t mean more failed trade policies that will hurt workers and other vital working family issues. Watch the address or follow our live Twitter feed (after the jump) and play our #winSOTU bingo game to see what President Obama says about the state of our union for working families. You can download your bingo card here (and be sure to tweet with the #winSOTU hashtag).

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Will Obama Talk About Workers’ Concerns in State of the Union?

This morning we shared with you (click here) what workers want President Obama to talk about in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka weighs in with this audio message (see above) highlighting many of the president’s successes this past year. He also underscores the challenges working people still face and the work that needs to be done.

 

Listen to the message, then tell us what you want President Obama to talk about in the State of the Union address by texting WORK to 235246.

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What Do America's Workers Want to Hear in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address?

When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, America’s workers will be listening closely. Will he outline plans and solutions that will boost working families’ wages, protect workers’ right to bargain collectively, defend America’s jobs from unfair trade and more? See what the workers in the video above want to hear, then tell us what you want President Obama to talk about in the State of the Union address by texting WORK to 235246. 

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Time to Close Wall Street’s ‘Retirement Advice Loophole’

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There is a loophole in the rules that govern Wall Street brokers and financial firms that provide retirement investment advice that can drain away thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars of hard-earned savings from a single retirement account. Today, a coalition of senior, union and consumer groups launched a new website—SaveOurRetirement.org—to mobilize support to close the “Retirement Advice Loophole” through a new rule the U.S. Department of Labor is trying to adopt.

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What Are Republicans After for Social Security? Cuts

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We told you how Republican House members last week went after Social Security on their very first day at work. Some 11 million people who receive Social Security disability benefits could see their benefits cut by 20% in 2016 and cuts to Social Security retirement benefits for everyone could also be in store. Here’s what some other folks have to say about that and other attacks Republicans may launch against Social Security.

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