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What Working Families Need to Know About the Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

What Working Families Need to Know About the Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the United States v. Texas case was a setback for working families. The court could have cleared the way for millions of hardworking immigrants to finally gain a measure of increased dignity on the job and security in their lives. Instead, hardworking members of our communities, our families and our unions will continue to live in limbo and in fear.

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AFL-CIO Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA/DACA Case

After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks:

Today's Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. While we are deeply disappointed by the court's failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.

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Medical Experts, Union Veterans Council Say, 'Don’t Shut Down Veterans Hospitals'

Medical Experts, Union Veterans Council Say, 'Don’t Shut Down Veterans Hospitals'

A wide range of experts, including veterans service organizations, leading academics and medical experts came together in Washington, D.C.., to oppose cuts to the VA and to explore the future of veterans' health care. They explained that the VA provides an array of important services that are vital to the lives of U.S. veterans. In addition to taking care of veterans and their medical needs, the VA also trains doctors, researchers and other health care providers, provides telehealth services to our communities, legal services for veterans and takes part in disaster response efforts.

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Why Hillary Inspires Me

Why Hillary Inspires Me

Born and raised in South Dakota, I am proud to come from a working class family.  To this day, my parents both work in manual labor for hourly wages without the benefit of a union, retirement plans or much in the way of benefits.  But they, and my entire family for that matter, have always been there for me and provided the support I needed to be the first in my family to attend college and eventually end up in Washington, DC working for the AFL-CIO.  My working class background shaped who I am and it's always who I will be.  And it's why I believe in giving working people a fair shot at making a better life.   

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Working People of the AFL-CIO Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Working people in the AFL-CIO's affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents.

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AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

I am so thrilled that we at the AFL-CIO are partnering with John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign to raise awareness of the need to end mass incarceration. Our first step in this historic partnership was taking 30 labor leaders to Washington Corrections Center for Women, an all-women’s prison in Washington state, to hear from those affected by the system and to learn about effective ways to reduce recidivism. The experience was truly transformational and liberating for myself and for those involved.

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AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council's Statement on Orlando

AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council's Statement on Orlando

The AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council released a statement today on the Orlando massacre:

"The AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council extends its deepest sympathy and solidarity to all who have been affected by the unspeakable violent act, fueled by hatred and bigotry, which took the lives of 49 innocent people and injured at least 50 more at Pulse in Orlando early Sunday morning."  

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AFL-CIO Statement on the Orlando Massacre

AFL-CIO Statement on the Orlando Massacre

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre released the following statement today in response to the murder of 49 people at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando: (After the jump.) 

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Nabisco Worker Addresses Democratic Drafting Committee in Washington

The 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee on Thursday in Washington held its second session of the Mid-Atlantic Democratic Platform Forum, the first in a series of regional events designed to engage every voice in the Democratic Party. Platform Drafting Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry led the forum. The committee heard from policy experts as well as Democrats from all walks of life in an effort to inform the Democratic National Platform.

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Trumka: Donald Trump Puts Greed Over Working People

Trumka: Donald Trump Puts Greed Over Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka commented on Donald Trump’s meeting with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), warning that the meeting shows that Trump is siding with the 1% on Wall Street instead of working people.

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