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Chris Paul Is a Leader Both On and Off the Basketball Court

Growing up, I was always a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, I was from Florida, but we didn't have professional basketball back then, so I looked around for a team to support and the Lakers were it. Led by a flashy point guard, Magic Johnson, the team entertained, it had fun and it won a lot. Over the years, the team had its ups and downs but after winning back-to-back titles during the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons, the team was aging and it secured a trade for star point guard Chris Paul. Lakers fans, like myself, were salivating at the idea of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul running circles around the opposition and bringing more titles to one of the greatest franchises in sports history.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Appoints AFL-CIO Leader as Labor Commissioner

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that he is appointing Roberta Reardon, a leader with the AFL-CIO, to be the state's next commissioner of labor. Reardon will take over from acting commissioner Mario Musolino.

Support for the WAGE Act Continues to Grow

Recently, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the WAGE Act, an attempt to solidify and strengthen protections for working people. Since the legislation was introduced, more and more voices have been joining the chorus calling for Congress to approve the act. 

Swazi Union Receives 2015 AFL-CIO Human Rights Award

Over the past year, Swazi workers have not been deterred from taking part in union meetings even though the gatherings were repeatedly broken up by police. They turned out in large numbers for the annual May Day rally, although they were threatened with arrest if they did so. And they took all these actions in an environment in which unions were banned and free speech squelched.

142,000 Jobs Added in September, Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 5.1%

The U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in September and unemployment was unchanged at 5.1%, remaining at the same rate as the month before, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Trumka and Sanchez: Let's Celebrate the Contributions of Latinos to the Workforce

We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. This is a time when our nation recognizes the significant contributions Latinos make in the United States. We salute the contributions of Latino and immigrant workers and their families to our country and to our workforce. They give new strength to the American Dream and remind us that all labor has dignity. While it is a time to celebrate the diversity of a community that is projected to be one-third of our population in 2050, it is also a time to highlight the issues facing our Latino and immigrant brothers and sisters.

Worker Stories: Gawker

On Oct. 7, the White House is holding a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. Until the summit begins, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job. Today, we look at Gawker.

Senate Republicans Just Let Perkins Loans Die

The U.S. House of Representatives found a rare moment of agreement on Monday, passing a bill by unanimous vote to reauthorize a program that since 1958 has provided colleges with matching funds to provide low-interest loans to students with exceptional financial need.

5 Things You Should Know About the Labor Movement in Swaziland

This week, the AFL-CIO will award the annual George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the Trade Union Confederation of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). Created in 1980 and named for the first two presidents of the AFL-CIO, the award recognizes outstanding examples of the international struggle for human rights through trade unions. We don’t blame you for not knowing much about current events in Swaziland—it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique—but you really should take a moment to learn about how Swazi unions are leading a heroic struggle for democracy in their country against incredible odds.

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Erica Capetillo

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of Hispanics, Latinos and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Erica Capetillo.

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