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As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. We worry about setting aside enough for a secure retirement, health expenses and our children's educations. We need to elect leaders who care about working people and side with us, not just the wealthy and corporations. What issues will be on your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. Read more >>>

Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by. Read more >>>

Santa Fe Labor Day [PDF 445K]

Albuquerque Labor Day, Tigeux Park [PDF 445K]

Albuquerque Labor NIGHT, Tractor Brewing [PDF 445K]

This Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and
celebrate all who make this country run.

Many hardworking people are frustrated because despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many of us struggle to support our families. We recognize the need for change, because the costs of living continue to rise while stagnant wages and
disappearing benefits are making it harder to get by.

Working people are frustrated that the economy is growing and we are more productive than ever, but corporate CEOs and the 1% are the ones seeing the rewards. No one should work for a living and struggle to support a family.

This is why the AFL-CIO launched the Raising Wages campaign this year. The labor
movement is fighting back against our nation’s rising inequality, which has captured the attention of everyone from the president to the pope.

We are determined to counteract widening income inequality and diminishing economic opportunity because we know it did not happen by chance. It has been the result of failed public policy and a rise in political and corporate attacks on working people.

Working people are united under the banner of Raising Wages because America should have an economy of shared prosperity that truly works for all workers, not just the wealthy.

Workers everywhere are standing up and speaking out for fundamental, lasting change, regardless of whether they work in manufacturing, engineering, service or retail.

This has led to some incredible achievements this year that are raising wages for working families. Dozens of towns, cities and states are acting to raise their minimum wage and establish family-friendly policies.

Every day, workers labor and sacrifice to achieve the American Dream. This Labor Day should be a celebration for working families because we are ready to secure a better future for all.

 

Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

The New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO represents more than 110,000 members of 30 unions and community affiliates throughout New Mexico.  The mission of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, is to improve the lives of working families:to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. Read more >>>

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