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Watch This Poet Slam Wisconsin's Scott Walker

Poet Dylan Garity takes on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in this compelling performance from the Button Showcase at last year's National Poetry Slam. It's hard to think of a more deserving target than Walker.

Vote for Your Favorite Labor Hero and You Could Win $500

Labor Day isn’t just a day off from work to eat good barbecue with friends and family. It’s a celebration of America’s labor movement and its workers.

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions. 

How China and Currency Manipulation Affect You

“Currency manipulation” is a term that describes the practice of a government intervening in foreign currency markets in order to change the value of its own currency to gain an advantage. For instance, a government can go into the foreign exchange market, flood it with its currency while buying up lots of foreign currency or foreign government debt. 

Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

How are working people going to be affected by an economy focused around technology, automation and contingent work?

Stagehands Help the Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church Members

Shout out to Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 31 President Michael "Mac" McAnany for helping the Foo Fighters rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.—that's him driving his pickup with Dave Grohl and a sound system! Thanks, brother!

Hateful. Racist

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, Republican candidates and corporate CEOs are seeking to undermine the unity of working people by employing the politics of fear and division. Time and again, they have tried ugly and manipulative ways to pit us against each other, but working people know that these tired attempts to divide us are simply a distraction from the important issues we face in our lives.

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.

Federal Judge: Home Care Workers Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime

In a unanimous decision, a federal appeals court reversed a district court and ruled that the Labor Department was within its authority to issue a rule change meant to provide home care workers with a minimum wage and overtime protections. The case is now remanded to the district court. 

Women Deserve a Voice on the Job and at the Ballot Box

Today, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, a day that commemorates the 19th Amendment being ratified granting millions of women the right to vote. In the 95 years since, women have used their votes to better their lives, strengthen their families and protect their communities. But women have yet to maximize their power at the polls—about one-third of all U.S. women and nearly 40% of unmarried women are not registered to vote—or in the workplace. The labor movement provides almost 7 million women with a voice on the job through union membership and is a driving force in the fight for economic equality and security for women.  

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