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It's official: jobless rate in January at 9 percent

Unemployment dropped in January by .4 percent to 9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. It was the second straight .4 percent monthly decline in the official rate. That was the only good news in the report.

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Video: Pa. Progressive Summit - a good idea

After the 2010 elections it's a good bet that much of the battle for a progressive agenda shifts dramatically to state and local arenas.

Fight over Social Security is on

The 112th Congress is barely under way and a fight has already broken out - on partisan lines, of course - over Social Security and Medicare.

Supreme Court limits employer ability to retaliate in job discrimination cases

Retaliation against a third-party employee is illegal under federal law, the Supreme Court ruled.

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Massachusetts aims to curb modern-day slavery

Massachusetts is one of only five states without a law aimed at ending human trafficking, but a bill introduced Jan. 20 into both the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives aims to change that.

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Chicago Chamber of Commerce seeks ‘business friendly' city council

The Chicago Chamber of Commerce announced it's endorsement of 35 aldermanic candidates Jan. 26.

Filibuster curbs defeated

A campaign backed by organized labor, to curb the power of Senate minorities to halt virtually every piece of legislation by filibustering, went down in flames in the tradition-bound chamber on Jan. 27.

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Troops line up in fight to stop GOP attack on government

Senate Democrats came out swinging Jan. 26 against a GOP budget plan they said risks the loss of 1 million jobs.

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Trumka: State of the Union must be a call to action on jobs

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged President Obama to make next week’s State of the Union Address a “call to action, a call to invest in our future, to create jobs, to be the country we can and must be.”

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Black unionists link MLK Day with action

Over 200 people attended the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award Banquet here on Jan. 17

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