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Orlando, Hillary and John Legend: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Working People of the AFL-CIO Endorse Hillary Clinton for President: "Working people in the AFL-CIO's affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents."

Why Hillary Inspires Me: "Born and raised in South Dakota, I am proud to come from a working class family. To this day, my parents both work in manual labor for hourly wages without the benefit of a union, retirement plans or much in the way of benefits. But they, and my entire family for that matter, have always been there for me and provided the support I needed to be the first in my family to attend college and eventually end up in Washington, D.C., working for the AFL-CIO. My working class background shaped who I am and it's always who I will be. And it's why I believe in giving working people a fair shot at making a better life."

The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job: "Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction industry than ever before: Nearly 70% of new construction jobs between 2012 and 2015 were filled by Latino workers. The job fatality rate among Latino workers has declined by 38% since 2001, when the rate of Latino worker fatalities reached its highest (6.0 per 100,000 workers). But Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of death on the job, with a fatality rate that is 9% higher than for workers overall."

AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign: "I am so thrilled that we at the AFL-CIO are partnering with John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign to raise awareness of the need to end mass incarceration. Our first step in this historic partnership was taking 30 labor leaders to Washington Corrections Center for Women, an all-women’s prison in Washington state, to hear from those affected by the system and to learn about effective ways to reduce recidivism. The experience was truly transformational and liberating for myself and for those involved."

John Oliver Takes a Closer Look at Retirement Plans: "Have you ever wondered about the ways Americans plan and save for retirement and why the whole process seems so complex? John Oliver has and he explains why saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice."

AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council's Statement on Orlando: "The AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council released a statement today on the Orlando massacre: 'The AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council extends its deepest sympathy and solidarity to all who have been affected by the unspeakable violent act, fueled by hatred and bigotry, which took the lives of 49 innocent people and injured at least 50 more at Pulse in Orlando early Sunday morning.'"

AFL-CIO Statement on the Orlando Massacre: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre released the following statement today in response to the murder of 49 people at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando."

Strengthening the State of Women: "In 2016, women are rising to the top in every field and industry, and breaking down boundaries that held former generations back."

AFL-CIO Union Summer Celebrates 20 Years of Organizing, Heads to the South: "Yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s annual Union Summer program kicked off in Jackson, Mississippi, marking the 20th anniversary of the one-of-a-kind internship program that places young activists on various organizing campaigns."