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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Julie Gonzales

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of Hispanics, Latinos and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Julie Gonzales.

Sen. Sanders and Rep. Pocan Continue Washington-Led Fight for Workers' Rights

Working people across the country are making significant gains by speaking out for a better life, and Washington’s leaders are starting to listen.

Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) will unveil legislation that represents a leap forward for working people in their fight to have a greater voice in the workplace: the Workplace Democracy Act.

Labor Movement to Join White House in Momentous Effort to Lift Up Voices of Working People

Tomorrow, the broad efforts of working people across the country will coalesce in Washington, D.C., as the White House convenes its Summit on Worker Voice. The executive officers of the AFL-CIO will all be in attendance, along with a broad coalition of labor unions, worker organizations and all those driving action in the workplace.

Worker Story: Abbey Parrish

On Oct. 7, the White House is holding a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. Until the summit begins, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job. 

Today, we take a look at Abbey Parrish.

Tell Verizon to Keep the Union Sportsmen's Alliance on the Air

Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel have been removed from Verizon Fios carriage service. The contracts for both networks with Verizon have expired.
Unfortunately, for those who enjoy hunting, shooting and fishing, Verizon has taken away access to this outdoor lifestyle channel.

Worker Stories: Vincent Louque

On Oct. 7, the White House is hosting a “Summit on Worker Voice,” allowing working people to share their stories on how we can rewrite the rules to create an economy that works for everyone. Every day until the summit, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job.

Today, we take a look at Vincent Louque and the workers at Kinkisharyo who recently formed their own union with Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11.

Is Justice Finally Here for Mine Workers and Their Families? 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.

Introducing the Seven Principles of Collective Action

Across the country, working people have spoken out in favor of better wages and fair treatment—and Wednesday’s White House Summit on Worker Voice is a positive step in the raising wages agenda.

The actions that drove us to this point were based on Seven Principles. These principles are universal and enjoy the support of anyone who supports collective action. 

The Digital Domino Effect: Young Working People Continue to Organize in New Media

Young working people organizing on the job will be a hot topic at the first ever, White House Summit on Worker Voice. To shed some light on the latest in a series of digital worker wins, I had a one on one with Alice Ollstein of Think Progress. Alice is a political reporter at Think Progress and has been writing for newspapers since her tween-years. She has always wanted to be a journalist, but today she sits on the other side, sharing her story on why she is a “union yes.” 

TPP Deal Rushed Through; Working Families Respond

In Atlanta this weekend, negotiators rushed through a deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and working families were quick to respond, asking why the deal has to be rushed when there are many unanswered questions, and demanding that the details of the agreement be released as soon as possible so the people most affected by the deal—working people—know what to expect. Here are the responses from the AFL-CIO and other working family organizations.

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