Democratic Nation Convention Day 1

(CNN) Fueled by grievances over the party’s treatment of Bernie Sanders and doubts over Hillary Clinton’s progressive credentials, tens of thousands of protesters are putting a fragile post-primary detente to the test on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Pro-Sanders groups chanted “Debbie is done” during demonstrations Sunday, celebrating Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s announcement she will step down after the convention. But even as they cheered news of her long lobbied-for departure, the broad […]

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Finally… Sanders Endorses Clinton

Democrats have coalesced around Clinton’s candidacy since she defeated Sanders in primaries last month in California and five other states, led by endorsements from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others. Sanders has spent the past month seeking to influence the party’s platform at the Philadelphia convention and promote electoral reforms including allowing independents to participate in future primaries. The platform includes many of his proposals, including a $15 an hour minimum wage, tougher restrictions on Wall Street […]

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Trump/Pence Bad for Working Families

Well, it’s official. Donald Trump announced his pick for vice president—Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—and it’s bad for us all. Trump’s choice to make Pence—who supports “right to work” laws and opposes the minimum wage—his VP pick just proves again he’s no friend to working families and only cares about lining the pockets of CEOs. Every day it becomes more clear that Donald Trump would be the wrong choice for our country—and that’s why we need to make every effort to […]

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Meanwhile, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence…

Donald Trump tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Friday, picking a political partner who has executive and congressional experience as well as support within the GOP’s conservative base. “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate,” Trump tweeted, confirming what had been widely reported as likely the previous day. Trump added that a news conference would be held Saturday. A formal announcement of his running mate […]

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Today in Labor History

Many thanks to Voices of Labor for keeping us aware of history. Albert Parsons, who was later wrongly executed as one of the Haymarket martyrs, joined the Knights of Labor today. He later became the president of the Trades Assembly of Chicago, ran for County Clerk, and became the first Workingman nominated by Workingmen to run for President of the United States. – 1876 First issue of the Yiddish “Freie Arbeiter Stimme” (Free Voice of Labor) was published in New […]

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Make Your July 4th Barbecue Union Made

It’s Made in America week and we’ll be spotlighting a different product area every day so that working families can show their solidarity for their sisters and brothers. First up, we know many of you will be planning barbecues for the Fourth of July. Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made in America product lists. Our lists are courtesy of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s website Labor 411; Union Plus; the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); and […]

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Hillary Plans to Win Millennials

Courtesy MSN News Official site. Click here for full article. Hillary Clinton is making a direct pitch to millennial voters who overwhelming backed her vanquished rival Bernie Sanders and have been slow to join the fold of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Clinton on Tuesday plans to unveil a technology agenda in Denver—including student loan deals for young entrepreneurs and their first hires—before heading to California to launch a national effort to woo young voters, advisers said. As a whole, […]

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McClendon Has His Own Ejection Tirade

Originally posted at Michigan Live: It wasn’t on the level of Brad Ausmus’ epic tirade last month, but Toledo Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon made his own scene Sunday. McClendon was ejected with no outs in the sixth inning of Toledo’s 8-5 loss to the Rochester (N.Y.) Red Wings, then decided to get his money’s worth with home-plate umpire Eric Gilliam. Read full article.

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What Dads Really Want for Father’s Day

Posted at AFSCME – June 19, 2016 If you’re a working father in today’s labor force and you’re splitting child care equally with your spouse, then it’s likely you feel overwhelmed at times. This is because only 13 percent of American workers have access to paid family leave, and even those who do don’t have nearly enough. The United States is the only developed nation in the world with no guaranteed paid leave of any kind. Seventy countries guarantee paid […]

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