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Stay Union, Stay Strong: N.J. State AFL-CIO Calls for Solidarity in Face of Friedrich’s U.S. Supreme Court Case

Strong unions empower working people to fight for justice, fairness, dignity and respect. No matter the challenges that we face, your solidarity will ensure a strong and enduring labor movement for generations to come.

Fed Up: Stop Breaking Up Families to Undermine Worker Organizing

In 2014, President Barack Obama said that U.S. immigration enforcement policies should focus on actual threats to our security and not interfere with workers' rights. Yet some employers have used immigration law as a way to bust union organizing and collective bargaining efforts. UNITE HERE represents workers at the Ruprecht Co., based in Mundelein, Ill. Watch the video to see what's been happening to working people at the company.

'Lunch Ladies Rock': 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 or working people who have fought for or won a significant victory. The losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights or the working people who have lost a right or a battle for expanding or keeping their rights. 

Gebre: 'I Don't Think We Can Afford as a Country to Say No to These People'

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre spoke with The Huffington Post last week about the Syrian refugee crisis and what it was like when he was a refugee himself, fleeing his home in Ethiopia at the age of 14.

It's Not Playing the Victim When You Are Attacked

Last week, the Republican Party had drifted too far into attack mode for the health of American Democracy and the pluralistic society we pride America to be.  America prides itself as a nation that is not based on country of origin, race or religion; but a nation meant to stand for the principles of liberty and justice and for all. The unchecked rhetoric of the Republican-controlled House and the extremes of the Republican presidential candidates are a threat to that consensus; as they seek to redefine the nation in terms of religion, race and country of origin.

UAW-Ford Members Ratify National Contract

The members of the UAW-Ford unit in Michigan ratified a national agreement, joining the workers at the other Big Three automakers who ratified contracts earlier.

Student Loan Debt Is a National Problem That Needs a Solution

This month, the class of 2015 will start to receive their student loan repayment schedules now that the six-month grace period is over. This graduating class of undergraduates owes close to $70 billion in student debt, averaging out to around $35,000 a person, making the class of 2015 the most indebted class ever.

The Working People Weekly List

Every Sunday, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

What You Need to Know About Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

We've shared a lot this week about the upcoming Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case of major importance for working people. Here is a round-up of our recent stories about the case so you have the facts you need

We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

A year ago the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Today is a fitting time to honor those who compelled him to act.

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