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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

A Billionaire’s Guide to Increasing Profits Through Our Broken Immigration System

"[Temporary work visas are] something that I frankly use and I shouldn't be allowed to use it. We shouldn't have it. Very, very bad for workers." —Donald Trump

Racial and Social Justice: The Intersection Between Professional Athletes and the Labor Movement

This is a historic moment at the intersection of sports and politics. While the anthem protests of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against police violence are the most visible manifestation of this, we are witnessing an unprecedented number of athletes—from the pros to the NCAAs to high school and even to middle school teams—using their hyper-exalted platform and community standing to try and say something about the issues of racial and social justice. This new generation of “jocks for justice” has been inspired to act by struggles in the streets like the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as the ability of athletes to leverage social media in order to go around traditional sports media filters to speak directly to fans. They also are inspired by impatience and the guiding principle that justice delayed is justice denied.

How Donald Trump's Agenda Hurts Real People: The Case of the Nabisco Workers Who Used to Make Oreos

In this new video, we hear the stories of Ladonna and Michael, two Nabisco workers who made Oreos in Chicago. They are hardworking people who put their heart and soul into making products that provide joy for many Americans. When Mondelez International, Nabisco's parent company, announced that 600 jobs would be leaving the country, the ensuing stress made Ladonna lose her hair. Literally.

Gubernatorial Candidate Roy Cooper Will Stand with North Carolina's Working Families

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has "signed enough bad legislation to fill a library, and his administration has enacted one misguided policy after another," according to The Charlotte Observer, and working people agree. 

U.N. Special Report: U.S. Workers Restricted in Exercising Basic Union Rights

A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states "support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association." The report cited examples such as Tennessee officials’ opposition to unionization at a Volkswagen plant and the "government of Mississippi [which] touts the lack of unionization as a great benefit when courting potential employers."

Working Families Respond to the (Thankfully) Last Debate

In the (thankfully) last debate, Donald Trump was his typical dishonest, disrespectful self, while Hillary Clinton made it clear she was on the side of working people. She's with us, so we're with her.

Working Families in Action

When they aren't on the job, working people put their time and effort into helping our community and working for the issues and political leaders who fight for us. Here are some recent examples of working people in action.

Why Russ Feingold Is Better Than Ron Johnson on Working People’s Issues

For working people, it’s clear who would be the better U.S. senator from Wisconsin. On the important issues, Russ Feingold will fight for us, while Sen. Ron Johnson’s track record in Washington shows he works against us time and again.

Catherine Cortez Masto Is the Right Choice for Nevada's Working Families

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto received the highest praise possible when she stepped down as Nevada’s attorney general. Her successor, Republican Adam Laxalt, called her a “role model in how she has run the office during the past eight years.”

Ted Strickland Will Stand with Ohio's Working Families

While Ted Strickland has resolutely fought to protect working people, Rob Portman has instead chosen to defend corporations and Wall Street over those who work for a living. Check out where they each stand on the issues: it is clear that Ted Strickland is the best choice to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate.

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