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Worker Wins Update: From Coast to Coast, Workers Winning on Raising Wages Agenda

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

AFL-CIO Remains Committed to Raising Wages, Better Trade Policy, Racial Justice and a Just Immigration System

The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued several important policy statements at its July meeting. In addition to discussing policy priorities, the council met with five 2016 presidential candidates. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement last night (after the jump). 

Medicare Plays Vital Role in Long-Term Financial Security of Working Families

On today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement.

It's Past Time to Stop the Revolving Door Between Wall Street and Financial Regulators

The job of U.S. financial regulators is a vitally important one. A well-regulated Wall Street is essential to create an economy that works for working people. Regulators protect the stability of financial markets and help us avoid crises. Because of the important role these regulators serve, it's vital that there be no conflict of interest when it comes to protecting the health of our economy and working families' investments. 

Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Fabulous news for working people in Myanmar: The government has officially recognized the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and registered the federation as representing “all Myanmar.”

Maybe It's Time to Phase Out Jeb: 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.

Trumka Calls on Congress to Cancel Early Recess

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the House Republican leadership's decision to go on recess.

What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. 

IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

The notion that unionization and higher wages decrease income inequality is a fundamental premise of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center and our allies. But now a surprising source has reached the same conclusion: the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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