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Every week, 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. Read more >>>

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories

Latina Equal Pay: Campaigns for Economic Justice Continue Beyond Single Day of Action

One month ago, scores of organizations and individuals came together to register our outrage about the enormous gender wage gap that Latinas face in the workplace. Nov. 1 marked the 11 additional months that it would take the average Latina worker, or trabajadora, to work to earn what a white, male non-Hispanic worker in the same job was paid in just one year. This is how long it takes when you get paid 54 cents to the dollar paid to white, male workers. Collectively we sounded an alarm marking both our discontent and our commitment to close this gap and win equitable wages for Latinas and all workers.

Union-Made in America Holiday Gift Ideas

It's not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).

AFT Pledges to Support Immigrants in Face of Trump Presidency

In the wake of Donald Trump winning the presidency after a campaign that often targeted and scapegoated immigrants, Latinos and Muslims, the AFT has pledged to take concrete action to assist these groups, with a particular emphasis on assisting and defending undocumented students. AFT President Randi Weingarten said the AFT will "do everything in our power to stop any kind of action against our immigrant families, our Muslim families, our Latino families and especially our undocumented students."

The Economy Adds 178,000 Jobs in November, and Unemployment Down to 4.6%

The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November and unemployment was down to 4.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the recovery of the labor market at a tempered rate. With the report that wage growth moderated in November, it means the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee should continue to let the economy grow at this rate and not raise interest rates.

Yes, We Can Do Something About Insecure Work

Some people are claiming that bad jobs are inevitable and there is nothing we can do about insecure work. These people need to read an important new study from the International Labor Organization, which highlights smart policies that have been used to improve insecure work.

   
The comprehensive study by the ILO documents the rise of “non-standard” forms of work—temporary work, seasonal work, casual or intermittent work, daily work, involuntary part-time work, on-call work, temp agency work, subcontracted work, and employment misclassified as independent contracting—around the world in recent decades.

'These Decisions by President-Elect Trump Are Deeply Inconsistent with the Pledges He Made': Trumka Responds to Cabinet Nominations

Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the recent Cabinet nominations made by President-elect Donald Trump:

After the election, we made clear that we would hold Donald Trump accountable to the promises he made to working people throughout the campaign.

His initial nominations fundamentally threaten these promises. Taken together, the appointments push President-elect Trump away from the values and issues that working-class voters said were most important to them. 

DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

"I sometimes imagine how my life would be different if my mom had the option of paid family leave," says Travis. The District of Columbia resident was born prematurely. Because his mother could not get the time off from work to make necessary hospital visits to care for her fragile son, "She had to give me up to be raised in Florida by other family members."

The Critical Need for the Right Kind of Infrastructure Investment

Investing in infrastructure is one of the critical problems that America faces. Infrastructure improvements are necessary to keep up with a modern global economy, to create jobs and to make sure that America is ready to face unknown challenges the future brings. A new report from AFL-CIO Director of Policy Damon Silvers and the Roosevelt Institute makes the case that such investment is vital for our future and lays out the types of investments that will do the most to help us move forward.

Meet Tom Price: Trump's HHS Secretary Pick Who Wants to Destroy Medicare

Ever heard the saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it?

   
That's how most Americans feel about Medicare. It works, so don't touch it (unless you're going to make improvements). Medicare provides comprehensive health care coverage to millions of seniors, and it's more cost effective than private insurance. 

   
But not everyone loves Medicare so much. And one of those people is Rep. Tom Price from Georgia, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health and human services secretary

What to Do if You Are Targeted at Work for Violence, Harassment or Hate Speech

Since Donald Trump won the election, nearly 900 incidents of violence, hate speech and harassment have been reported. In light of these attacks, it's important that you know what your rights are and what you can do if you or someone you know is the target of one of these attacks in the workplace. Click on the links to learn more about your rights, what constitutes illegal activity and what you can do about it if you are targeted.

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