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Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

On May 7, while recovering from an illness, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley died suddenly.  In a brief statement, his family,

Patt Moon-Updike wanted to be a nurse since she was 9 years old.

Sometimes a citizen just needs to call his or her representatives in Washington to make sure they're working and not goofing off.

So here are the direct line phone numbers for the entire Arizona delegation to Congress. Tell them you want answers!

Arizona's U.S. Senators
John McCain R (202) 224-2235
Jeff Flake R (202) 224-4521

The sheriff's race in Maricopa County has brought together an historic coalition. More than nine unions have joined forces with the communities under attack by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to vote him out of office.  On election day, the labor movement will vote against hate and vote against Arpaio.

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.

On Monday, August 8, 2016, passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport saw Union picketing by Members of the Maricopa Area Labor Federation (MALF) directed at the management of Southwest Airlines.

“This is not the Southwest Airlines management team that it used to be,” said MALF Chair Michael Broadhead. ”Just last week, four of Southwest Airlines largest Unions passed a "vote of no confidence" resolution directed at Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and COO Mike Van de Ven.”

One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material. 

“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”

Tefere, the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, has been a proud union member for most of his life, valuing the freedom of people to come together in union.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, Augusta Thomas witnessed the extreme measures elected officials would take to prevent African-American men from voting.
Culinary worker Brittany Bronson talks not only about the benefits of joining her union, but also about the opportunities being part of a unionized workforce offer women, particularly women who have long careers in the workforce.

Anniversaries can be celebratory or somber. Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it is the kind of anniversary in which we hail the success of the act, while also acknowledging the deficiencies in our democracy that make the full act necessary.