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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

9 hours 7 min ago

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

10 hours 17 min ago

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

You Have a Secret Weapon in this Election (Tell Your Friends)

11 hours 22 min ago

It's not news to anyone that the Koch brothers have billions to spend on influencing elections. But they only have two votes to cast between them. That's where you come in. 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Afraid to Debate Steelworker Mike Michaud

11 hours 47 min ago

Apparently Maine Gov. Paul LePage (you know, the guy who previously removed the labor mural from the Maine Department of Labor and said the state's child labor laws were too burdensome for business) has indicated he will not debate his challenger in this election, United Steelworkers member Mike Michaud. 

Voter Registration, Just a Click Away

11 hours 52 min ago

Today is National Voter Registration Day and while volunteers around the country will be on street corners, outside of groceries stores, at bus and subway stops and elsewhere to help people register, you can get started right now, right here with just one click.

The End of the NLRB as We Know It? Winners and Losers of the Week

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:00pm

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

More Than 100 Workers, Environmentalists and Activists Came Out to Tell Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim That El Salvador Is Not for Sale

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:00am

Last week, more than 100 people gathered outside the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which is housed in the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Inside, three individuals sat down to decide whether or not the government of El Salvador will be forced to hand over $300 million to a mining corporation for prioritizing community needs and clean water over a gold mine.

Vote! Vote! Vote!: A Q

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:00am

Joyce and Karen Koch, aka the "Koch Sisters," (not related to each other but sisters where it counts) came to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with lawmakers to talk about working families' issues—and several taxi drivers, members of Teamsters, were thrilled when the sisters hailed down their cab after seeing their commercials on MSNBC

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:45am

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

7 Reasons Mark Begich Is a Candidate Who Cares About Working Families

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:00am

It's an election year, and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote for candidates who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few. We're going to focus our spotlight on some of the key candidates who care about working families, and one of those candidates is Mark Begich, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alaska.