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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

Trumka: Minimum Wage Will Pass — or Republicans Will `Pay a Price’

For all the resistance to raising the federal minimum wage in Washington, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, predicts Congress will pass it. If not, the labor leader said today, Republicans will “pay a price for it at the polls.”...

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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC on Jan. 17, 2014.

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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC on Jan. 17, 2014.

Lobbyists Win Revival of Suit Against Obama Administration

Federal lobbyists have won revival of a lawsuit arguing that an Obama administration rule barring them from serving on federal advisory panels violates their free-speech rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today sent the case back to the...

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A taxi leaves the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel.

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A taxi leaves the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel.

Hotel Union Protests Obama Commerce Nominee

Updated 3:20 p.m. EST Hotel and restaurant union workers plan to protest President Barack Obama’s pick of billionaire Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce. “Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst hotel employer in...

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Workers erect an exterior wall panel in an apartment building under construction in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2013.

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Workers erect an exterior wall panel in an apartment building under construction in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2013.

Low-Skilled Visas: Cap Key to Deal

Two years ago, the U.S. certified about 75,000 low-skilled laborers for guest-worker visas. Under the first year of a new plan that business and labor leaders have tentatively approved as part of a Senate proposal to revise the nation’s immigration...

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People repeat an oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in San Diego, California, on March 20, 2013.

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People repeat an oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in San Diego, California, on March 20, 2013.

H-1B Visa Lottery: April’s Full Day

Filing season for the U.S. temporary, high-skilled H-1B visas opens April 1. If you ask immigration lawyer Shanon R. Stevenson, that will also be the day the visa cap is reached. That would be bad news for her clients. If...

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Union members and community activists gather during an AFL-CIO demonstration in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Union members and community activists gather during an AFL-CIO demonstration in Trenton, New Jersey.

Labor Tries to Flex Post-Election Muscle

Labor and other progressive activists are kicking off a final flurry of lobbying to keep Congress from taking a wrong turn in trying to avoid the fiscal cliff, the end of the year deadline when automatic spending cuts and tax...

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Delegates listen to President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Delegates listen to President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Labor’s 65% Love for Obama: Trumka Says Not Stopping There

The majority of union members voted for President Barack Obama, helping to secure his win in key battleground states including Ohio and Wisconsin. Union members voted for Obama by 65-33 percent, according to a national survey conducted by Peter D....

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United Steelworkers union members Brett Butler, left, and Joshua Keirsey, center, canvas for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in a residential neighborhood in Steubenville, Ohio.

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United Steelworkers union members Brett Butler, left, and Joshua Keirsey, center, canvas for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in a residential neighborhood in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ground Game: Not Just for Candidates

Legions of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama supporters will spend this weekend knocking on doors as their get-out-the-vote efforts enter the final, critical stage. They won’t be alone. Just as outside groups chimed in on television, in mailers and over...

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Protesters march through Uptown, the Charlotte business district, before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

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Protesters march through Uptown, the Charlotte business district, before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

Parties Fail Working Class: Protest

Southern labor activists didn’t shy away from taking a swipe at their natural allies as they met on the sidelines of this week’s Democratic National Convention to talk about speeding up organization in a region where unions have been historically...

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