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New DVD Documents the Rise of UAW and One Family's Search for Social Justice

As we celebrate May Day, a new documentary has been released that takes a look at the rise of the UAW. The film, "Brothers on the Line," also explores one family's crusade for social and economic justice. Learn more, and purchase the film online at

Amalgamated Bank and We Are One N.J. Team Up to Make Citizenship Easier for Aspiring Americans

Amalgamated Bank, the largest majority union-owned bank in the United States, is teaming up with We Are One New Jersey to make it easier for aspiring Americans to apply for U.S. citizenship.  The new program will offer short-term, low-interest loans to legal U.S. residents who are unable to afford the $680 citizenship application fee. Borrowers will be offered below market interest rates and will have six months to repay the loans. We Are One New Jersey will offer the loan applications at their centers in Hudson and Union counties in May.  

‘No’ to Fast Track, ‘Yes’ to Fair Trade

Union members and allies raised their voices in loud protest Thursday to oppose so-called Fast Track authority to pass a multination trade agreement that would ship good-paying American jobs to Asia, Central America and other low-wage regions, pushing down wages of U.S. workers. 

Oregon: Wyden Trying to Pull a Fast One on Fast Track

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced agreement with Republican leaders April 16 over the terms of a “Fast Track” bill introduced in the Senate and House. The bill would make it easier to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a NAFTA-style trade deal that the Obama administration has been negotiating in secret with representatives from 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

Welcome to Baltimore, Md. My home for the entire 27 years I’ve been on this earth. Home of crab cakes, Old Bay and our nation’s national anthem, "The Star- Spangled Banner." Baltimore also is home to some not-so-great things like poverty, high unemployment, crime, drugs and a public education system that lacks the proper resources for students and teachers. Baltimore could be any city in the United States today.

3rd Annual Global Labor Film Festival Showcases Workers

Workers’ lives on the silver screen are the focus of this year’s third annual Global Labor Film Festival. In true global solidarity, London viewers will watch the struggle for civil rights in the United States in “Selma,” while Washington viewers will see Welsh miners find solidarity with gay and lesbian supporters in “Pride.” And in New York, they’ll see Irish workers support South Africans struggling against apartheid in “Blood Fruit.”

U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

This week, the United Nations released its annual report on the Progress of the World’s Women. Called “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights,” this year’s edition is focused on economic empowerment. As the report highlights, while there has been important progress regarding gender equality, entrenched economic and social inequality remains throughout the world.

Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sets the record straight when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track in this short audio clip. If you want to know what's really happening on the trade front, give it a listen.

What Ellen Pao and Sheryl Sandberg Overlooked…and Gawker Writers Get Right

Earlier this month, the CEO of Reddit, Ellen Pao, announced the company would no longer allow employees to negotiate their salaries. Pao explained the move was an attempt to close the pay gap between women and men since, based on her experience, women are worse negotiators than men and as she put it, “From what I've heard from women, they…feel like there’s no way to win.”

The Art of Labor

Hanging on the wall above my desk as I write is a poster of Diego Rivera’s sumptuous painting, “The Flower Carrier,” with a peasant bent double, an overfilled, oversized basket on his back, packed with splendid pink and purple flowers, capturing the burdens and beauty of labor. To me, it’s hard to imagine labor or a labor movement without art—without novels like “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Hard Times,” without songs like “Joe Hill” and “Union Maid,” without paintings like Millet’s “Man with a Hoe” and Van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters,” without films like “Norma Rae,” “On the Waterfront” and “Harlan County U.S.A.”

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