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AFL-CIO Calls for Presidential Action on Worker Protections Against Ebola

To protect the nation’s health care workers and the public from exposure to the Ebola virus, President Barack Obama should use his executive authority to put in place mandatory protections and other workplace standards for hospitals and other health care facilities, the AFL-CIO urged today.

Worried About Retirement? Beware of Joni Ernst

If you're in Iowa and following the U.S. Senate race, you may have heard about Senate candidate Joni Ernst's thoughts on Social Security...and they're pretty alarming. 

IBEW, CWA Members Strike for Fairness at FairPoint

Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) struck FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Oct. 17 over what the unions say is the company’s unwillingness to bargain in good faith.

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

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

Scott Walker Doesn't Like the Minimum Wage or Voting Rights: Winners and Losers of the Week

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.

Viewpoint from Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

At the deportation center in San Pedro Sula, planes land with more than 100 Hondurans a day, returned from our border prisons to their native land. They are mostly young men, with shackled hands and legs, who have harrowing tales of days in what they call the “ice box,” the U.S. detention centers on our borders that are so crowded they must stand up for hours, taking turns lying down to sleep. These were heartbreaking conversations, nearly hopeless tales through tears, of failed attempts to unify with families or find work.

Atento Workers in Mexico Fight for a Fair Union Vote

Workers at the 6,000-employee call center company Atento Servicios in Mexico face daily challenges on the job. These mostly young workers make low wages, work long shifts, face high stress demands from callers, and are subjected to yelling, sexual harassment, and other abuses. They are treated like an expendable workforce and are hired and fired at a nearly 80 percent annual turnover rate.

Meet the Madison Volunteers Who Are Making History in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO Labor 2014/Workers’ Voice campaign is in full swing across the state and volunteers are working the phones, leafleting worksites and knocking on doors in every corner of Wisconsin.  The race for governor is a dead heat and voter turnout will undoubtedly be the deciding factor.  Saturday dozens of volunteers were active in Madison doing the needed work to elect Mary Burke as the next governor.

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

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

Baayork Lee, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer Wins Equity’s Robeson Honors

Baayork Lee, who made her Broadway debut at the age of five as “Princess Ying Yaowalak” in the 1951 original production of The King and I and went on to a career as actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author, is the recipient of the 2014 Actors’ Equity (AEA) Paul Robeson Award.

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