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

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

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

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2.5 Million Unemployed Workers Depend on Boehner? Winners and Losers of the Week

2.5 Million Unemployed Workers Depend on Boehner? 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.

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Bangladesh Worker Rights Defense Fund

Bangladesh union members. Photo: Shawna Bader-Blau

Bangladeshi union organizer Hasina Akter was talking with garment workers in Dhaka when a group of at least 20 people accosted her, as well as the three other union organizers and a worker leader who were with her. She and her companions were threatened and beaten, one into unconsciousness. Two organizers had to be hospitalized following the assault, and the factory worker went into hiding.

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12 Elizabeth Warren Quotes to Prepare You for Her Appearance at the AFL-CIO on May 2

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be appearing at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on May 2 to promote her new book, A Fighting Chance, which chronicles her inspiring life story. From her working-class roots in Oklahoma to her successful 2012 campaign to replace incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), Warren tells the passionate story of what drives her to fight for working people. Here are 12 key quotes from her that show why she is a champion of the 99%.

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AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

Update: This afternoon AP reported Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. who don't have serious criminal records. Read more

The AFL-CIO today called upon President Barack Obama to halt deportations that tear families apart from each other, and today the AFL-CIO sent the president a memo urging him to take swift action on the urgent needs of workers and immigrant communities

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Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union members all over the country regularly participate in community service and this week, Easter was a big theme. 

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‘I Am AFGE’ and Work Inside a Federal Prison

Jill Carver teaches parenting skills to more than 100 men every day, but these are no ordinary students. She works inside a medium-security federal prison in West Virginia, and her students are inmates.

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Last-Minute Shoppers, Check Out a Union-Made in America Easter Shopping List

Last-Minute Shoppers, Check Out a Union-Made in America Easter Shopping List

Easter is this weekend, so if you're scrambling to do some last-minute shopping, here’s a good place to start from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411

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Fight for Fair Wages Continues in Haiti

Photo by Cesar de la Cruz

Even before a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated much of the country in 2010, many Haitians struggled to earn anything close to a living wage. As the country continues to rebuild, one strategy embraced by the United States and Haitian governments has been the development of export-oriented industries, particularly apparel. The apparel sector has grown by more than 45% since the earthquake. In 2013, the industry represented 9% of Haiti’s GDP and 89% of its export earnings. Unfortunately, these gains are not reaching workers.

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Encouraging Economic Leadership

Fed Chair Janet Yellen

This week, Janet Yellen made her second major speech as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank. Again, her talk as chair is fresh air compared with what is typically heard from Fed chairs. During her first speech in April in Chicago, she actually called out the names of specific unemployed workers—putting a human face on the real effects of Fed policy.

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