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'I Thought I Wouldn't Survive': Rana Plaza Survivors Tell Their Stories

'I Thought I Wouldn't Survive': Rana Plaza Survivors Tell Their Stories

“I thought I wouldn’t survive,” Aklima Khanam said, as she described how she felt when she was trapped under machinery in the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, one of the most deadly workplace accidents in history. Khanam and Aleya Akter, both garment workers, came to the AFL-CIO on Monday to discuss the ongoing struggle to obtain justice and prevent more needless deaths in the garment industry.

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Global Labor Film Festival Returns in May

Global Labor Film Festival Returns in May

The second annual Global Labor Film Festival (GLFF) once again circles the world with cinematic solidarity, touching down this year in Turkey, London, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Rochester, N.Y., and Monterey and San Jose, Calif. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Series Exposing Coal Companies’, Lawyers', Doctors’ Roles in Black Lung Denials Wins Pulitzer

Retired miner Steve Day, 67, needs supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day to breathe. Photo by F. Brian Ferguson/Center for Public Integrity

An investigative series by Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity about how coal companies fighting claims of black lung disease, and the disability benefits that sick and dying coal miners are due when they are diagnosed with the crippling and fatal disease, employ “cutthroat” law firms and a select group of physicians—including a small unit of Johns Hopkins radiologists—was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

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Trumka Answers Redditors' Most Burning Questions on CEO Pay, Unions and Duck-Sized Horses

Trumka Answers Redditors' Most Burning Questions on CEO Pay, Unions and Duck-Sized Horses

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took to the online community of Reddit yesterday to participate in an "Ask Me Anything" on CEO pay for the launch of the AFL-CIO's Executive PayWatch site.  

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Maryland Passes Responsible Contracting Law

Maryland Passes Responsible Contracting Law

Yesterday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill that protects taxpayers by prohibiting private contractors who have broken the law from obtaining contracts with the state. SB 669 would prevent companies from signing contracts with the state if they have been convicted of a variety of offenses, including tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the federal government, or willful violation of state prevailing and living wage rates, state wage and hour laws or state occupational safety and health laws.

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No More 'Mad Men' Pay

No More 'Mad Men' Pay

We celebrated Equal Pay Day last week, but really it's something we should be talking about every day, writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in her latest MomsRising column

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PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’

PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times.

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), National People's Action (NPA), the Center for Effective Government, and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks.

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Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

In the latest feature on the AFL-CIO’s Our Values @Work site, Ashley Lewis speaks with Sara Ziff, the founder of the Model Alliance that is bringing about dramatic change for models and other workers in the fashion industry. As a 14-year-old model barely out of middle school, Ziff found that sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common.

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