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We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. If you don’t want 2014 to be a repeat of 2010, it’s time to pick up that phone and make a call to make sure working people in critical states turn out to vote in this election. Read more >>>


In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members. Read more >>>

TIGER HAMMOND - DEMOCRAT OF THE WEEK Read more >>>

The Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates for the NOVEMBER 4, 2014 ELECTION for Statewide Elections, including Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and Lafourche Parishes: Read more >>>

Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AFL-CIO 16th ANNUAL LABOR DAY PICNIC IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 Read more >>>

Did One of Our Senators Vote to Prolong the Shutdown?

The shutdown is over - but not before the U.S. Senate first voted to end the GOP-led government shutdown. The vote was 81-18, one of the most bipartisan votes held in the upper chamber in recent months. And yes, eighteen U.S. Senators voted to continue the shutdown. And yes, all of them were Republicans.

So what happened? Read the full Huffington Post article here, and find out which Louisiana Senator voted to keep government closed.

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