Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Read more >>>

An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart. Read more >>>

The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights. Read more >>>

Last week, long-time college athletes’ rights advocate and former UCLA football player Ramogi Huma and former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter who led the high-profile campaign to unionize Northwestern football players delivered a powerful message at the Indiana State AFL-CIO State Convention in Indianapolis. Read more >>>

As we do each year, this Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and celebrate all those who make our country run day in and day out.

Many of us will be busy this weekend with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events. However, this is also a time to truly consider what strengthens our families and to take a hard look at how failed public policies have diminished working peoples’ ability to sustain a good living.

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Representing more than 300,000 working Hoosiers from around the state in more than 800 affiliated local unions, today the Indiana State AFL-CIO officially endorsed John Gregg for Governor.

“On behalf this great statewide federation of local unions we are proud to endorse John Gregg in his campaign for Governor,” said Indiana AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies. “John has spent his entire career standing up for working families and we know that he will continue to do that as our next Governor.”

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Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies issued the following statement this evening in reaction to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s announcement tonight that he would seek re-election in 2016:

“On behalf of the 300,000 working men and women who are represented by the Indiana State AFL-CIO and all Hoosiers who work for a living, my reaction to Mike Pence seeking a second term as our governor is: No, thank you. We’ve had enough.

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We are proud to welcome Iron Workers Local 395 of Portage to the Indiana AFL-CIO!

As is done every year, the Indiana AFL-CIO, with the help of our affiliates, has complied a scorecard for the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

This Legisatlive Scorecard tracks and scores key votes made by the members of the Indiana General Assembly in 2015. These votes, along with votes taken in other legislative sessions, will impact organized labor's endorsement of candidates in the 2016 elections.

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According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, released this morning, Indiana S&P 500 CEOs made an average of $12,556,710 in 2014 – 306 times more than the average Hoosier worker who earned an average of $41,033 over the same period. Read more >>>

Fifteen years ago, there were roughly 17 million American manufacturing jobs. Today the number of those manufacturing jobs, which pay a significant wage premium for middle-skill workers without a college degree, is closer to 12 million. In Indiana alone, one out of every five manufacturing jobs disappeared during that time.

Nowadays there are a lot more of us working in minimum-wage retail positions at places like Wal-mart.

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