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The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement.

Thousands of working people across the country joined together on June 17 in a national day of action. We called for the Senate to pass the HEROES Act and for Congress to take actions to address structural racism. The HEROES Act is grounded in America’s Five Economic Essentials that are desperately needed to keep working people safe and financially secure. This day of action was just the beginning. Today and every day that follows, working people will mobilize like never before to make the HEROES Act the law of the land and rid our institutions of systemic racism.

Support for the labor movement is the highest in nearly half a century, yet only one in 10 workers are members of unions today. How can both be true?

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.