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Union-Made in America Holiday Gift Ideas

by Kenneth Quinnell

It's not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America!

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Nearly 15,000 Passenger Service Workers Win Industry-Leading Wages, Working Conditions

Passenger service workers with American Airlines, who are members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Association, have voted to ratify a groundbreaking five-year agreement.The contract covering nearly 15,000 workers provides for initial average wage increases of 30 percent and improved benefits, among a number of other industry-leading gains.

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AFL-CIO EVP Tefere Gebre: ‘Refugees Look Like Me’

International events have led to talk of refugees dominating recent news cycles. In a new video, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre explains that refugees look like him.

Gebre expanded on these ideas in a recent interview with The Huffington Post.

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‘Catching Fire’: 9 Ways Working People Are Leading the Rebellion Against Our Out-of-Balance Economy

Crosspost from AFL-CIO on Medium 

In the dystopian world of the popular book and movie franchise “The Hunger Games,” working people out in the districts are starving. They work all day, some in dangerous coal mines without proper safety gear and some out in the fields all day with no breaks, to provide food, clothes, goods and technology that all goes to the Capitol…the ultimate 1 percenters (think of President Snow as the long-lost third Koch brother).

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Labor 411’s Secret Family Stuffing Recipe

By Michael Teitelbaum, crosspost from Labor 411

You’re in charge of the stuffing and want to impress, so you’ve promised a secret family recipe, passed down through the generations. You may have fibbed a little.
Never fear, my family has a mouth-watering recipe that has never failed, and in the tradition of Labor 411, we’re putting it together with union-made ingredients.

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7 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Union

By Rachel Warino

Family and friends gathering in one place, cooking together, and sharing all of the things they’re most grateful for is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My family takes the being grateful thing seriously and this year I’m going to take time to say why I’m grateful for my union (but really: all unions). We spend most of our time working so anything that improves that part of our lives is worth our gratitude. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are are 7 reasons why I’m thankful for my union...

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Underpaid Workers across California Mobilize to Win $15 and a Union

By Steve Smith

Thousands of underpaid workers across California mobilized Tuesday in a historic show of solidarity for higher wages, social justice and equality in cities from San Diego to Sacramento.

Striking workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s joined home care, child care, and other low-wage workers at a massive afternoon rallies at City Halls Tuesday afternoon – part of 500 protests nationwide to demand that elected leaders everywhere stand up for $15 an hour and union rights.

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Honor Those Who Have Served with the California Labor Movement

By Rachel Johnson

With Veteran’s Day around the corner, the California labor community is preparing to honor those who have risked their lives to protect our country and the freedoms that define America. Men and women who serve our country in uniform have shown courage defending our nation. Yet far too often a return home is met with a distressing reality: good jobs are few and far between and the services and support they have earned are lacking in their communities. Recent reports have shown veterans often face difficulty finding a job with good wages and decent benefits, particularly younger veterans between 18 and 24 years old. Our veterans deserve the best resources to ensure their transition from military to civilian life is as smooth as possible.

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On November 10th We’re Fighting for $15

by Rachel Johnson

Over 6.5 million workers in California are paid less than $15/hr. And on Tuesday, November 10th workers, labor unions, and community allies will take to the streets to demand $15/hr and a union.

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Taking time to honor those who care by fixing our long-term care crisis

Homecare is the fastest growing industry in the country. Every day, 10,000 people in this country turn 65—but even as the need for long-term care increases daily, the work of homecare providers remains undervalued and underappreciated.

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On Workers’ Rights, California Makes the Grade

By Steve Smith

This week the Congressional Democrats released a report showing how states stack up on a range of workplace issues from minimum wage and paid sick day laws to nondiscrimination protections for LGBT workers and accommodations for pregnant workers.  California made the grade, with a perfect score on the issues the report graded.

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UDW member champions law that keeps people with disabilities safer in their communities

by Astrid Zuniga

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On October 3, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bills 11 and 29. These new laws mandate training for California law enforcement that will give them the skills needed to safely interact with people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse disorders.

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Our Days, Our Lives: Working Women Need a Voice on the Job

By Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO

Shirley Chisholm broke ground as the first African-American woman elected to Congress. But back in 1970, she knew her story was the exception, not the rule. Speaking during a debate on the Equal Rights Amendment, she said and I quote: “Discrimination against women, solely on the basis of their sex, is so widespread that it seems…normal, natural and right.”

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