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Union Federation Gets Vocal On Harsh Prison Sentencing: 'It's A Labor Issue'

Dave Jamieson Huffington Post
Mass incarceration is a labor issue because those same people who work for pennies in prison, once they have served their time, find themselves locked out of the job market by employers who screen applicants for felony convictions, declares AFL-CIO President Trumka.

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AFL-CIO President Trumka Says Labor Must Confront Racism

Richard L. Trumka AFL-CIO Website
"… the question of unity brings up a hard subject, a subject all of us know about but few want to- acknowledge -- race. Because the reality is that while a young man named Michael Brown died just a short distance from us in Ferguson, from gunshot wounds from a police officer, other young men of color have died and will die in similar circumstances, in communities all across this country. … Because the reality is we still have racism in America."
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