May

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California launches innovative plan to expand voter registration

California's Secretary of State is designating the state's new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act.

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AFL-CIO hails vote on immigration bill, vows work to improve

"This reflects an enormous step toward healing an injustice, the deportation crisis that has wrecked families, communities, and workplaces for far too long."

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Catholic “union” refuses to back Carla Hale, but AFL-CIO will

The AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for Central Ohio, meanwhile, unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution this past week supporting Hale in her fight to be reinstated.

Unions: Keep immigration open to family members

Unions and their allies, led by the AFL-CIO, back changes to the draft comprehensive immigration law that would keep immigration rights open for family members of current permanent residents.

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Minimum wage earners: “You have to swallow your pride”

The Minnesota state legislator who spent a week living on the minimum wage met that week with three Minnesotans for whom the minimum-wage challenge is an everyday reality.

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Union and growers split on immigration plan

And that split could imperil immigration legislation overall, since the GOP-run House has made it clear that it may deep-six the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul.

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Ohio unions remain vigilant against anti-worker blitz

"The right-wingers are out to destroy unions because we are the only line of defense workers have. Without unions, nobody is there to stop the corporate power-grab!"

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Today in labor history: Congress passes notorious Sedition Act

On May 16, 1918, Congress passed the Sedition Act, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, execution and deportation of dozens of unionists, anarchists and communists.

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On minimum wage, it's peanut butter OR jelly

Minnesota is one of several states that aren't waiting for the dysfunctional U.S. Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, now $7.25 hourly.

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GOP backs down on “right to work” in two states

GOP state legislative leaders in Ohio and Missouri effectively stopped drives for so-called "right to work" laws in those legislatures.

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