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Happy Holidays from America's Unions

Happy holidays from the AFL-CIO, America's unions. In case you missed it, there were a lot of great videos and stories this year about the importance of raising wages, collective action, unions and economic and social justice. 

Check out some of these stories on Upworthy's Workonomics channel.

Get Ready for First National Summit on Raising Wages

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver the keynote address during the first National Summit on Wages Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C. The summit—sponsored by the AFL-CIO—will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the United States.

Tune In for ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Season Premier Jan. 4

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance kicks off the seventh season of its award-winning TV series, “Brotherhood Outdoors,” with Missouri sheet metal worker Dan Riegler’s Idaho elk and mule deer hunt. The show airs Sunday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. on the Sportsman Channel.

N.J. State AFL-CIO Sees ‘Buy American’ Bills Through State Legislature; Labor-Backed Bills Now Head to Governor

Two labor legislators in New Jersey have shepherded a package of “Buy American” bills through the state legislature. The bills were approved by the state Assembly during the final voting session of 2014. The state Senate passed the jobs-creation package in June.

NLRB Says McDonald’s Retaliated Against Workers for Speaking Out

McDonald’s and several of its franchisees have retaliated against workers who have taken part in the series of fast-food worker protests, according to complaints filed Friday by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel.

A History of the Minimum Wage

As working families across the country fight to raise the minimum wage, it's important to keep in mind the history of the wage. This entertaining video, created by the people at Time magazine, gives a pretty good overview and makes it clear the minimum wage is worth a lot less now than it used to be.

When 59 Children Died on Christmas Eve 1913, the World Cried with the Town of Calumet, Mich.

It was the night before Christmas in 1913 in Calumet, Mich., and disaster was about to hit for the 7,000 miners and their families who had been on strike against the C&H Copper Mining Co. since July.

AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

Yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s own Thea Lee joined AARPDoctors Without BordersOxfam America and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in urging President Obama to fix proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade and economic governance deal currently under negotiation—that could leave us all paying more for life-saving prescription medicines.

Powerful Members of Congress Oppose Special 'Corporate Court' Rights for European Firms

Yesterday, five members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (Reps. Bill Pascrell, Lloyd DoggettJohn LewisLinda Sánchez and Jim McDermott) stood up for working people by opposing the destructive “corporate courts” in the proposed trade and economic deal with Europe known as the “TTIP.”

USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

The United Steelworkers (USW) extended a warm welcome to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers of Mexico (Los Mineros), as he visited Pittsburgh last week.

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