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What Working People Want from a Supreme Court Nominee

It is expected that Donald Trump will announce his nomination for the Supreme Court seat previously occupied by Antonin Scalia. As always, working families take a keen interest in judicial appointments, as the courts have a significant impact on so many aspects of our lives, including our work lives.  The Supreme Court rules on whether we are paid properly for the time we work; we have jobs to return to after caring for a sick family member; we are safe from  harmful substances on-the-job; and we are protected from illegal firings when we choose to form unions.

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There Is Still Time to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act (Deadline Jan. 31)

There Is Still Time to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act (Deadline Jan. 31)

Let your friends and family, who may need coverage because they don’t get health care benefits through their jobs or Medicare, know that there's still time to enroll at Healthcare.gov or their state marketplace. The deadline is Jan. 31.

Working America can also help them learn more about their health care coverage options.  

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What Betsy DeVos Can Learn from Jack

What Betsy DeVos Can Learn from Jack

Meet my Jack. Our Jack. America’s Jack. Jack is a spunky, determined, charismatic six-year-old. He plays baseball, basketball and soccer. He swims and reads and dances. Man, can Jack dance! Jack has Down syndrome, but that doesn’t define him. It’s one of the things that makes Jack awesome. And Jack is someone who  makes his school awesome. Jack knows that. His peers know. His teachers know. We all know. 

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What President Trump’s Health Care Executive Order Does and Doesn’t Say

President Donald Trump did not say anything about health care in his inaugural address, but one of his first official actions as president was to issue an executive order focused on the Affordable Care Act. While the executive order does not tell working people a whole lot about what he plans to do, it’s worth looking at a few things he did and didn’t say in his first official action on health care.

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Who Gets Hurt if DACA Is Repealed? We All Do

Who Gets Hurt if DACA Is Repealed? We All Do

As the new administration begins, immigrant workers around the country are fearful that President Donald Trump will follow through with his campaign pledges to deport millions of members of our unions and our communities and that he also will strip away basic protections for immigrants who were brought to our country as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans and union members to live and work without fear in the United States. In light of Congress’ failure to create a pathway to citizenship for millions of hardworking immigrants, the labor movement strongly supports this deferred action program and has called for it to be expanded so that all working people will have the status to assert their rights on the job and stand up together to prevent abuse and exploitation.

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Working Families Make #OurFirstStand in Defense of Health Care

Last weekend, working people from around the country rallied in defense of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that provide health care to Americans. In opposition to proposed cuts from Washington, D.C., supporters of these programs spread news of the rallies using the #OurFirstStand hashtag. Here are highlights from the events.

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Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

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