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An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart. Read more >>>

The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights. Read more >>>


Video - Workers Memorial Day observances at the Arizona State Capitol.

 Arizona Republic spotlighted Sheet Metal Workers Local #359 work with area Scouts.

 A Major victory for organized labor in Arizona. A U.S. District Court judge says that two of the Arizona Legislature's anti-union bills are unconstitutional.

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The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

The Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs in January, and Unemployment Remains Essentially Unchanged at 4.9%

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January and unemployment was 4.9%, slightly less than December's 5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

The Latest Chapter in AFL-CIO's Discussion on Racial and Economic Justice Comes from Oakland

In February 2015, the AFL-CIO launched the Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice to broaden our frank and thoughtful discussion on racial inequality and its economic impact. The commission is facilitating conversations with local labor leaders around racial and economic disparities and institutional biases and to identify ways to become more inclusive as the new entrants to the labor force diversify. Here is part of the discussion from a recent forum in Oakland, California.

Colombia Must Protect All Workers

The government of Colombia continues to allow employers to undermine workers' rights and fails to effectively inspect and prosecute alleged violations of labor laws. Violence against trade unionists often occurs without any effective government response.

Trumka: TPP Is a New Low

In a new op-ed for the Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains the key reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for working people, both in the United States and overseas. Trumka describes the deal by saying that "the TPP is a giveaway to big corporations, special interests and all those who want economic rules that benefit the wealthy few."

5 Reasons that Rosy Predictions About the TPP Are Wrong

One of the billionaires crusading to cut working people’s Social Security now has his sights set on making the Trans-Pacific Partnership look like a sweet deal. Hint: It’s not.

Pete Peterson’s think tank, Peterson Institute for International Economics, just released a study in January 2016 predicting great economic growth from the TPP.  But the PIIE methods are so detached from reality that the conclusions are wrong. Here are the reasons why. 

Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Santa Clara, California, at Super Bowl 50. While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from players to broadcast crews to stadium workers—your Super Bowl party spread can, too, with union-made in America food and drinks.

West Virginia, the Latest Battlefront in the Conservative Assault on Working People

The story is very familiar. It comes right out of the extreme, pro-corporate playbook. In this case, literally.

Working People Battle Snowzilla: Winners and Losers of the Week

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights.

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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