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Shelby's Story: The Case for Paid Family Leave

9 hours 15 sec ago

The latest video in the Workonomics series by Upworthy takes a look at Shelby, a mother who was forced to choose between taking care of her family and getting paid, a choice all too many workers in America are forced to make. The AFL-CIO supports expanding paid family leave as a way to make fewer Americans have to make such tragic and difficult decisions.


Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:57pm

Memory is how individuals and societies recall past events.  History, in contrast, seeks to collect the actual data of events. In society, memory is important because it forms the narrative on which we build basic concepts that drive policy. 

Auto Workers to Form Chattanooga Local

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:00pm

UAW members didn't give up after a vote to unionize at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., barely missed passage in February. They continued to move forward, and the union announced Thursday that it had reached a consensus with VW and will form Local 42 for workers at the Chattanooga plant. While no formal agreement has been reached, UAW officials say they expect the automaker to recognize the union once enough of the plant's employees have signed up, although no specific threshold was announced.

Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:00am

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

U.S.-China Trade Deficit Is One More Reason We Need Trade Policies that Lift Up Working People

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:00am

In case you missed it at the end of June (and who can blame you, really?) trade numbers between the United States and China were recently released for the month of April 2014, providing us with another month’s worth of reasons for why U.S. trade policy needs to change.

10 Truths About Tipped Workers You Might Not Know

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:30am

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) takes a look at a variety of myths about tipped workers and the truths behind those myths. It has been 23 years since the federal minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $2.13 an hour, was last raised. Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage for other workers, which also has lost much of its value in recent years because of wage stagnation, is set at $7.25 an hour. Here are 10 truths about tipped workers and the tipped minimum wage from the EPI report.

SUN Taylor Branch: College Athletes' Unpaid Labor Is Un-American

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:28pm

Speaking to the American Enterprise Institute, author and civil rights historian Taylor Branch tackled the concept of the unpaid labor that college athletes engage in while large profits are made off of their labor.  

Read more why college athletes need a union voice