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Labor Secretary Perez vows to grow middle class, "so help me God"

LOS ANGELES (PAI)-New Labor Secretary Tom Perez virtually threw away his script at the AFL-CIO Convention here, with a stem-winder speech, pledging worker protections, promising labor and the administration would do it together and with several blasts at corporate greed thrown in for good measure.

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Apple's iPod, iPhone, Macs made in inhuman working conditions

Apple made over $14 billion in the fourth quarter of last year alone - yet workers in companies that supply its products overseas, particularly in China are paid low wages

U.S. last in unionization among developed countries

The U.S. is dead last among 21 top developed nations in both unionization rates and union coverage of the workforce  and it's not because of globalization or high technology.

Oklahoma AFL-CIO Convention maps coalition to fight ultra-right

In a show of solidarity, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO has voted to unite all public sector unions in a coalition to coordinate a defense against ultra-right anti-labor legislative efforts.

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Trumka: New GOP bill would gut workers’ rights

Republicans are backing a new bill they introduced after the NLRB filed a complaint against Boeing, which the board says retaliated against workers for exercising their rights.

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Joint session of Congress to hear the president on jobs

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agreed Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress, ending yet another GOP attempt to embarrass the president.

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Congressional Black Caucus jobs hearings begin in Cleveland

With African American unemployment at over 16 percent, the Congressional Black Caucus has launched a series of public hearings and jobs fairs across the country during the month of August.

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Across Ohio, thousands protest Kasich slash-and-burn plan

More than 10,000 Ohioans held angry protests Tuesday in dreary cold rain in 18 cities and towns throughout the state against Republican Gov. John Kasich's extremist, slash-and-burn budget proposals.

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"States' rights" Republicans killing democracy, state by state

Major assaults on democracy are underway on the local level in dozens of states.

Trumka: Voters don't want to go back

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said as he wrapped up campaigning in Philadelphia on Election Day that voters "don't want to go back to the times when Wall Street controlled everything."

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