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In Case You Missed It: Highlights from Trumka's Speech on Ferguson and Labor Confronting Racism

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:00pm

In case you missed it, on Monday AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke some powerful words at the Missouri State AFL-CIO convention about racism and why the labor movement should care about the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Above is the full speech, but below are some highlights. 

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

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00am

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

Push My Buttons (You Know You Want To)

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:00am

We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. 

Michigan Says, 'Sorry We Slapped Your Wrist Too Hard': Winners and Losers of the Week

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:00am

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.

Trumka in Missouri: Racism Is Not Somebody Else's Problem, It's 'Our Problem'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:00pm

In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members.

New Website Keeps You on Top of Southern California Carwash Workers' Fight for Justice

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:00am

We’ve been reporting on the fight for justice for Southern California carwash workers—and their CLEAN Carwash campaign's many victories—since the carwasheros launched their campaign. Now with a new website, you can keep up with the latest developments in the workers’ campaign.

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

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:00am

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

7 Reasons Why Paul LePage Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:30am

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Maine Gov. Paul LePage.