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Patt Moon-Updike wanted to be a nurse since she was 9 years old.

On Feb. 15, just days after massive layoffs at Activision Blizzard, the AFL-CIO issued a powerful public statement of support to game developers in the United States. Its message, published in an open letter at Kotaku, was both simple and profound.

Last year, in communities all across the country, millions of Americans mobilized and called for an economy that works for all of us.

Working people are taking fewer vacation days and working more. That's the top finding in a new national survey, conducted by polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the AFL-CIO in collaboration with the Economic Policy Institute and the Labor Project for Working Families. In the survey, the majority of America's working people credit labor unions for many of the benefits they receive.

As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another.

On Labor Day, we recognize and honor the achievements of all of America’s working people. As we enjoy the fellowship of our loved ones at a barbecue, fireworks or other community event, it also is important to reflect on the best ways working people can come together to build an economy that works for all of us. This Labor Day, we stand together for the freedom to collectively bargain together with your coworkers as a team for a better life. 

In January, I was invited to serve on President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, along with my boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. At the time, I was deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO (the largest federation of trade unions in America) and a spokesperson for the organization on trade, manufacturing, and economic policy. President Trumka and I agreed to serve because we believed — and still do — that working people should have a voice in crucial government decisions affecting their jobs, their lives, and their families.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Family-supporting wages, strong workplace safety, freedom to stand together as a team in union are hallmarks of good job creation

As the Wisconsin Legislature begins a special session to adopt a multi-billion-dollar incentive package to subsidize Foxconn, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO is outlining key principles that must be included in order for the deal to be fair for Wisconsin workers and taxpayers.  

Working families have been attending Joint Finance Committee budget hearings with our budget summary in their back pocket to sound the alarm on many of the harmful proposals outlined in the budget.

Our voices are working!

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has been analyzing and breaking down Gov. Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 biennial budget. The budget is 989 pages long and make no mistake, there’s many provisions that will hurt working families and rollback workplace rights in Wisconsin.

We’ve put together a budget summary document that outlines some of the most egregious parts of Walker’s budget.

View the full document here.