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  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • AFL-CIO to help Hispanics take advantage of immigration relief measures

    03/31/2015 4:14:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 31, 2015
    The largest labor organization in the United States on Tuesday launched a national immigration training plan called "We Rise!" to help Hispanics take advantage of the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama last November. The effort is designed to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers in their workplaces and in their communities. The AFL-CIO on Tuesday in Washington began preparing representatives who have arrived from all over the country to support and teach undocumented workers how to request protection under Deferred Action, or DACA, for children born in the United States and under DAPA for parents of permanent...
  • The H-1B Visa

    03/29/2015 6:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the wages or jobs of American workers, then Washington ought to keep its promise. This month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, held a congressional hearing on the H-1B visa program that eliminated any doubt that some corporations are gaming the system to the severe...
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Unions and Wages [Governor Scott Walker helps top 10%]

    03/19/2015 2:05:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | CRAIG BECKER General Counsel, A.F.L.-C.I.O. Washington
    "......Right-to-work laws make collective bargaining more difficult by requiring that union members pay for the representation of nonmembers. Burdening those who desire union representation does not make economic sense, particularly now when, as researchers at the International Monetary Fund just concluded, the decline in union representation is “a key contributor” to the increasing share of income going to the top 10 percent instead of into workers’ pockets. That is what the juxtaposition of your two articles demonstrates, and that is what Governor Walker appears to want.
  • U.S. unions freeze campaign contributions over trade

    03/11/2015 5:40:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2015 | Krista Hughes
    (Reuters) - The largest U.S. federation of labor unions said on Wednesday it is freezing contributions to federal candidates in next year's elections as it waits to see the outcome of key trade votes. The AFL-CIO said in a statement defeating legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress was a top priority.
  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    02/28/2015 11:35:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Dana Ferguson
    Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a “right-to-work” proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event jeered Walker’s comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year. “What we are doing here today is the heart and soul of...
  • AFL-CIO plans rallies against right-to-work at Wisconsin Capitol this week

    02/22/2015 12:28:03 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies
    Das Kaptiol Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jayson Joyce
    Almost immediately following Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's announcement that the Legislature will take up a right-to-work bill next week, speculation about the size and intensity of the opposition from unions and labor allies arose. That speculation will end on Tuesday noon when the first of two rallies planned by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO takes place at the Capitol in Madison. "Republicans are planning to ram this legislation through in an extraordinary session at lightning pace. An extraordinary session changes the rules, limits debate and makes a mockery out of our democracy," reads a statement on the WI AFL-CIO blog....
  • Trumka Says Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action a ‘Temporary Setback’

    02/17/2015 3:08:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 2/17/2015 | Mike Hall
    A federal judge in Texas Monday temporarily blocked President Obama's November executive action on immigration. The judge’s action threatens immigration relief for as many as 4 million people. The Obama administration will appeal the ruling. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.This temporary setback will not deter the AFL-CIO’s work on the ground to ensure that as many workers as possible are eventually able to gain protections and work authorization under the new deferred action programs. Around the country, we will continue educating workers, training union activists and helping eligible applicants gather the documents they will need to qualify.This lawsuit represents...
  • AFGE Activists Heat up a Cold Afternoon on Capitol Hill

    02/14/2015 10:07:08 AM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | February 13, 2015 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Chanting “What time is it? Union time!”, “AFGE! AFGE!,” “AFL-CIO!” the nearly 500 AFGE members who attended the union’s legislative conference marched to Capitol Hill to demand an end to attacks on the federal workforce and job-and-morale-killing sequestration. To remind Congress that our Government Works for America, they held signs that read, “Food Inspectors Keep Our Food Safe,” “VA Doctors and Nurses Serve Our Veterans,” “TSOs Keep Us Safe,” “BPAs Keep Our Borders Safe,” “DoD Employees Protect the Troops,” and “SSA Workers Support Our Seniors.” “We are here to tell Congress that they cannot lift America up without lifting you,” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer...
  • Obama’s Budget: Tax Grandma to Fund the AFL-CIO?

    02/03/2015 8:20:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Peter Morici
    Posturing as champion of needed public investments and fairness, President Obama wants new taxes on the overseas earnings of American businesses. That would kill jobs and punish retired Americans. Although special deals permit some corporations to pay low taxes, most pay a heavy burden. The estimated effective U.S. corporate tax rate is about 27 percent, and well above the 20 percent imposed by other industrialized countries. The United States is virtually alone by taxing the overseas profits of its multinationals when those are repatriated. This has encouraged U.S. firms to invest nearly $2.1 trillion of their earnings abroad, instead of...
  • AFL-CIO:Raising Wages Will Be Single Standard to Judge Politicians(BARF ALERT!)

    01/08/2015 3:24:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Setting the tone for 2015, the country’s largest federation of unions, the AFL-CIO, this week announced a Raising Wages Call to Action in which politicians and candidates will be judged based on their actions on raising wages.At the AFL-CIO’s first-ever Summit on Raising Wages held Jan. 7, 2015 in Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launched the Raising Wages campaign, putting in motion plans to raise wages for working Americans and rejecting the notion that nothing can be done about stagnant wages. The AFL-CIO will take the Raising Wages campaign to Atlanta, Columbus, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and...
  • NYC Labor May Break With Police Union

    01/01/2015 6:58:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 1, 2015 | Jacob Fischler
    New York City’s top progressives have backed away from any direct confrontation with the city’s largest police union, even as union leaders continue to criticize the mayor following the shooting of two officers. But the silence of non-police unions may not last long into the new year. That will depend on the actions of Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and whether he continues his public campaign against Mayor Bill de Blasio, sources with knowledge of union thinking say. Unions were instrumental in getting de Blasio elected and are considered among his closest allies. “Those that are...
  • Sweetheart deal? Unions allowed to cut retiree benefits rather than fix underfunded pensions

    12/30/2014 7:16:07 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a heavyweight on the labor scene. It pays its president $350,000 a year. It’s holding its next executive board meeting in February at a swanky beachfront resort in Hollywood, Florida. And it just doled out nearly $8 million to influence the last election and lobby Washington. But when it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired.“Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have...
  • AFL-CIO Supports Black Friday Strikes Against Walmart

    11/28/2014 2:44:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | November 28, 2014 | Doreen McCallister
    The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Bargain hunters heading to Walmart, in addition to looking for holiday deals, may find workers participating in Black Friday Strikes.Since 2012, Our Walmart, which is an employee labor group, has been staging strikes on the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Trumka on Ferguson: We Cannot Deny the Perception That the System Is Not Yet Color Blind

    11/25/2014 6:37:53 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/24/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the grand jury decision in the shooting case of Michael Brown:The reactions to today’s grand jury decision in the case of the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown reflect a deeper feeling that our justice system is biased against communities of color. While we can all agree that justice must take its course, we cannot deny or marginalize the perception that the system itself is not yet color blind. As a labor movement, we have begun working with local community organizations to address issues of racial and economic inequality...
  • Obama huddles with civil rights leaders

    11/20/2014 6:48:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama met with more than a dozen prominent civil and immigration rights activists Thursday ahead of his speech debuting a series of new steps that will extend deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. Attendees at the meeting included AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, NAACP president Cornell Brooks and Al Sharpton. The MSNBC host has come under fire in recent days after The New York Times reported he and his companies were at one point subject to $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens. Also in attendance was Janet Murguía, the head of...
  • AFL-CIO forwards e-mail about Obama immigration plans to reporters by mistake

    11/19/2014 5:20:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Colby Itkowitz
    File this under always double-check before hitting send.As reporters fell over themselves Wednesday morning to confirm the breaking news that President Obama had plans to announce his immigration executive order Thursday and expand upon it  Friday, some received an e-mail confirmation by mistake.AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser inadvertently forwarded an e-mail intended for immigration activists to a long list of national reporters, including several at The Washington Post.
  • Trumka says labor wants Keystone built,believes green issues can be resolved(FLASHBACK)

    11/18/2014 4:08:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Ben Geman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is backing construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in comments that downplay divisions among unions in the labor federation over the controversial project. “They are not divided on the pipeline itself,” Trumka said in a C-SPAN interview when asked about differences among unions over Keystone. “They are divided on how the pipeline is done.” ADVERTISEMENT “I think we are all unanimous by saying we should build the pipeline, but we have to do it consistent with all environmental standards, and I think we can work that out, I really do, and we are for...
  • Obama to detail immigration order Thursday night

    11/19/2014 9:00:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is expected to announce his executive order to grant legal status for millions of illegal immigrants in an address Thursday night, according to sources close to the administration. Mr. Obama will give a broad outline of his action Thursday and follow it up with a trip Friday to Las Vegas to provide more details. The White House would not confirm the report Wednesday morning, nor have Mr. Obama’s aides announced any travel plans for later this week. But a spokesman for the AFL-CIO inadvertently disclosed the tentative plans in an email Wednesday. “We hear there will be a...
  • Incoming Senate Panel Chairman Wants to Cut Your Pay, Pension

    11/14/2014 5:09:18 PM PST · by mdittmar · 107 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | November 14, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been outspoken about his plans to cut federal employees’ pay and pensions. Besides his previous proposal, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spoke with the Washington Post this week and discussed what he wants to do when he takes over the committee in January. On his chopping block are federal employees’ pay, health insurance, pensions, and the right to join a union.“I think it’s unrealistic for public-service employees to believe they are immune from modifications to their pay and benefit packages,” said Sen. Johnson, who was elected to...
  • Trumka: Labor Prepared to Combat Assaults on Workers' Rights

    11/13/2014 4:32:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/13/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don't pass. He said the labor federation would continue to focus on the agenda that working families want, one of raising wages and creating an economy that works for all Americans.Trumka's full statement:In the wake of last Tuesday’s elections, many state and local politicians have already begun to signal their intent to wage assaults on working people in their states....
  • Scott Walker Embarrasses Labor Unions…Again

    11/07/2014 2:57:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Politically, are labor unions finished? It appears that might be the case. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker once again humiliated organized labor with his comfortable re-election last Tuesday. While polls showed a close race, Walker beat his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, by a 6-point margin 52/46. Labor unions had put Walker in the cross hairs ever since his 2010 gubernatorial victory, failed to oust him in the 2012 recall (Walker received more votes in this election than in the 2010 race), and came up short again in this contest. Walker is now a definite 2016 contender, with a reputation...
  • Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks for AFL-CIO/AFT Career and Technical Education Summit

    11/07/2014 1:34:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/07/2014 | Mike Hall
    Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at next week’s AFL-CIO/AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development.    The Nov. 13 event at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., will focus on the importance of career and technical education (CTE) in preparing K–12 students for both college and career pathways. It also will examine the role of unions as collaborating partners with business, policy makers and local communities to create opportunities that prepare workers for good jobs, raise wages and spur economic development and community revitalization.Scheduled speakers include AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Snap-On Tools Chairman and CEO...
  • Trumka Calls on Obama to Take Executive Action on Immigration

    11/06/2014 1:34:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 43 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/06/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    Wasting no time after the midterm elections, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka immediately stepped back into the policy arena, calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration. Executive action is particularly important now that a historically obstructionist Congress is likely to be followed by one that takes even less action on issues important to working families.Trumka's statement:The President needs to take executive action to support immigrant rights. But he also needs to take action on immigration to ensure the rights of all of us.You see, in our country today, nearly 12 million people, and 8 million workers, are...
  • New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

    10/29/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/28/2014 | Angela Delli Santi
    The AFL-CIO national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.The We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center officially opened on Oct. 28 in Jersey City. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for the opening ceremony, along with Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan...
  • Biggest Labor Union Throws Support Behind "Independent" Greg Orman ( Kansas )

    10/18/2014 6:44:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    This week the AFL-CIO threw its considerable weight behind Democrat-turned-independent Greg Orman in his bid for U.S. Senate in Kansas. This came on the heels of a debate that was all about defining who Greg Orman really is: ... The AFL-CIO won't run TV ads for Orman, spokesman Jeff Hauser said, but his campaign will now be incorporated into the union's extensive ground game there. The AFL-CIO had previously endorsed Kansas's Democratic Party's gubernatorial nominee, Paul Davis, who is locked into one of the country's most competitive gubernatorial contests with incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. During Wednesday's debate, incumbent Sen....
  • You Know the Koch Brothers: Now Meet the 'Koch Sisters'

    10/17/2014 8:18:31 AM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 6, 2014 | Erin Dooley
    Joyce and Karen Koch aren’t related to each other. But that’s not important; they’re sisters “in spirit.” Besides, what they really want you to know is that they’re not related to the Koch brothers, the billionaire conservatives funding political candidates and causes nationwide. more...
  • Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

    10/13/2014 2:56:08 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/11/2014 | Jackie Tortora
    As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. See updates from Ferguson October (Oct. 10–13) by following the hashtag on Twitter: #FergusonOctoberIn the meantime, check out AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's speech on confronting racism. 
  • The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Explained in One Chart

    09/11/2014 8:54:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    Koch Brothers go on offensive to expose dark money in politics. The Koch brothers—taking a break from such nefarious endeavors as spending money in support of their political positions and, worse, donating to hospitals—are going on the offensive with a campaign to expose the vast web of dark money spun by the Democracy Alliance. The Democracy Alliance is a secretive left-wing organization which connects big-money progressive donors to a long list of progressive organizations. A chart mapping out all the groups financed by the Democracy Alliance was distributed by Republicans on the Senate floor on Monday, and it makes clear...
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • Immigration Reform: Workers’ Voices Needed in Washington

    09/06/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 9/06/2014 | Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO President
    The AFL-CIO has been calling on the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since spring 2013. Our dysfunctional and antiquated immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. Every day that the White House does not act, more than 1,000 people are torn from their worksites, their families and their communities, driving down wages and standards in the process.The time to act on immigration was more than a year ago, when the Senate passed a comprehensive, bipartisan framework for real reform. House Republicans refused to do...
  • Statement of by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Today’s Fast Food Strikes

    09/04/2014 4:10:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | September 4, 2014 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    “Working families everywhere applaud the courage of the fast food workers who are striking today and engaging in acts of civil disobedience in over 150 cities. And we applaud the unity and the collective spirit displayed by members of AFL-CIO state federations and labor councils who have joined today’s protests in solidarity.This nation was built on the fundamental beliefs that work should be a gateway to the middle class, and that no job should ever trap someone in poverty. That’s why the ‘Fight for Fifteen’ movement is surging and the protests are getting ever louder. It’s time for corporations to...
  • AFL-CIO goes after Koch brothers in ad campaign

    09/04/2014 6:48:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 9:08 AM EDT | Philip Elliott
    The nation’s largest labor federation took aim Tuesday at the conservative Koch brothers in ads designed to highlight the billionaire industrialists’ political clout and to gin up liberal voters. […] “For years, the Koch brothers have epitomized how corporations and the super-rich have tried to systematically destroy our democracy,” president of the 12 million-member AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “Today, they’re finally meeting their match.” …
  • The New Republic’s Hit Job on Scott Walker: The Real Reason They Ran This Cover Story

    06/16/2014 1:31:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/16/2014 | Ron Radosh
    With its cover story [1] on Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, The New Republic has hit an all-time low. Written by TNR Senior Editor Alec Macgillis, it reads as a commissioned hit job meant to lessen Walker’s chances of entering the GOP presidential race.Let’s start with the cover: superimposed over a photo of the governor standing by his desk is the title: “Scott Walker is So Hot Right Now: Too bad he owes his success to a toxic strain of Racial Politics.” Inside the issue, the title becomes: “The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker: A Journey Through the Poisonous,...
  • Trumka: 'Act Without Delay to End the Deportation Crisis'

    05/29/2014 3:41:18 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 5/28/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to the ongoing deportation crisis in the U.S.:We face a grave moral crisis on immigration reform.  Our long-held belief is that every possible step that could be taken should be taken with great urgency.  We reiterate our urgent plea that all political leaders, in both branches, act without delay to end the deportation crisis.That means that the executive branch must provide all those who would qualify for citizenship under the bipartisan Senate Bill affirmative status with work authorization, as laid out in our policy statement. And that means that Republican leaders...
  • Effecting Change...300,000 Strong!(650,000 now)

    05/12/2014 7:57:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | May 12, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    With the Allied victory in Europe and Japan complete and the greatest war the world had ever seen coming to a close, AFGE continued to secure major victories of its own.By taking our message to the streets, airwaves, and halls of Congress, AFGE achieved groundbreaking advances for federal workers as it embarked on a decades-long march toward a membership 300,000 strong. Starting in 1946, AFGE won uniformity in salary increases and extended benefits to an additional half-million federal workers. In doing so we secured a 14 percent wage increase for federal workers.Into the 1950’s AFGE continued to break new ground...
  • National Leader of Douglas County Teachers’ Union Joins Ultra-Left Democracy Alliance ( Colorado )

    05/10/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Observer ^ | May 8, 2014
    The Democracy Alliance, a top-secret collective of ultra-rich left-wing political donors, has a new member — Randi Weingarten, who heads the labor union that represented Douglas County teachers until two years ago when the district went union-free. ... Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an arm of the AFL-CIO whose affiliates include the Douglas County Federation. ... Ben DeGrow, Independence Institute senior education policy analyst, said Weingarten’s joining the Democracy Alliance shows that the union is using dues collected from teachers to pursue an extreme political agenda. ... Unlike other school districts, Douglas County no longer...
  • Today’s Death Toll:150 Workers

    05/09/2014 3:04:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 5/08/2014 | Mike Hall
    Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety over the past four decades, 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today, reports the 2014 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released this morning.And that daily death toll, which has remained steady for the past several years, plus the 11.4 million work-related injuries and illnesses a year show:The nation must renew the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death and make this a high priority. We must demand that employers meet their responsibilities to protect...
  • Working Families Send Messages of Solidarity to Immigrant Workers on Hunger Strike

    04/28/2014 6:22:39 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 4/28/2014 | Jackie Tortora
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visited hunger strikers last week outside the White House who are protesting deportations that rip families apart from each other. We asked our mobile supporters to send messages of solidarity and encouragement to the hunger strikers. Here are some highlights from what you said: Keep up the fight. Hasta la Victoria. Carry on one day longer for justice. We all do better when we all do better—Paul Wellstone. Stay strong! New York teacher and child of immigrant supports you! No more breaking up families. America supports family values. You are fighting a good fight, I stand behind...
  • How the GOP Lost Middle America

    01/31/2014 10:25:32 AM PST · by KGeorge · 106 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 18 hours ago (January 30, 2014) | Patrick J. Buchanan
    <p>"Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship.</p> <p>A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with.</p> <p>To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I.</p>
  • 2 Million, 2 Many: Yes, President Obama Can Stop Deportations

    04/05/2014 12:09:44 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 4/05/2014 | Jackie Tortora
    More than 1,000 people are deported every day. It is predicted that in April, the Obama administration will have deported 2 million people during its tenure. Amid congressional inaction, President Barack Obama and his administration need to hear from working families that we can't wait any longer for action. The president can take concrete, bold and necessary actions today to stop senseless deportations that tear families apart from each other. Today, groups are holding events across the country to say: 2Million2Many! Not One More Deportation!Find a #2Million2Many April 5 event near you. If you take pictures and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, don't...
  • Wis. AFL-CIO Failed to Disclose Special Election Spending

    03/11/2014 6:08:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | March 03, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    A powerful labor union backed a Democratic candidate in a special election last year but never disclosed the amount of money it spent on the effort. The AFL-CIO backed Elizabeth Coppola, a Democrat, in the Assembly District 21 special election last November. Running phone banks out of their office and offering the services of a political coordinator, the union campaigned for Coppola’s election. But not once did the AFL-CIO disclose its political spending backing Coppola. Nor did the Coppola campaign report any AFL-CIO spending as an in-kind campaign contribution. State campaign finance regulations require labor unions and other groups to...
  • Senators Tell Kellogg to 'Act Swiftly' to End Memphis Lockout

    03/07/2014 3:31:40 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 3/07/2014 | Mike Hall
    A group of five U.S. senators have joined the growing chorus of influential voices, telling the Kellogg Co. to end its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., cereal production facility.The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by the company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.In a letter to Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey Jr....
  • That snapping sound you hear is the AFL-CIO’s white flag of surrender flying over Dixie

    03/04/2014 9:01:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When the UAW failed miserably in Chattanooga and was not able to unionize the Volkswagen plant, even with a staked deck, it started a chain reaction and the next domino has fallen. The news that the AFL-CIO has decided to keep its money and not even try to save three Southern Democrat Senators comes as no real shock. The powerful union reviewed the polls and the political climate in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas and decided backing the Democrats in these states would be throwing good money after bad. The decision left Democrat Senators Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

    02/18/2014 4:08:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 2/18/2014 | Mike Hall
    After unprecedented interference from politicians and out-of-state extremists like Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers, workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted 712–626 against representation by the UAW that would have led to the establishment of a works council, the first such model of labor-management relations in the United States.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the workers stood up to “enormous odds to try to form their own union and to create an historic new model of workplace governance.” He adds:Unconscionably, what should have been a local workplace decision by workers and management was turned into an experiment in new forms...
  • Angering Environmentalists, AFL-CIO Pushes Fossil-Fuel Investment

    02/07/2014 9:00:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    In These Times ^ | February 4, 2014 | Cole Stangler
    The nation’s leading environmental groups are digging their heels in the sand by rejecting President Obama’s “all-of-the above” domestic energy strategy—which calls for pursuing renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but simultaneously expanding oil and gas production. But it appears the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, won’t be taking environmentalists’ side in this fight, despite moves toward labor-environmentalist cooperation in recent years. On a recent conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed two initiatives reviled by green groups: the Keystone XL pipeline and new natural gas export terminals. “There’s no environmental reason that [the pipeline] can’t...
  • Why Americans Have Grown to Hate Congress

    12/23/2013 4:31:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 12/23/2013 | William Spriggs
    Congress has itself to blame for its low ratings among the American people. Policymaking is all about choices; it is the calculus of weighing costs and benefits and the distribution of those costs and benefits. In theory, there are lots of policies that can make everyone better off, but they can only be accomplished by redistributing the gains of the policy.
  • (AFL-CIO Owned) National Labor College to close in 2014

    12/19/2013 2:08:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/2013 | Nick Anderson
    The National Labor College, an education venture for working adults supported by the AFL-CIO, will close next year because of financial difficulties school officials attribute in part to the construction of a conference center several years ago on the Silver Spring campus. The college, with 599 online students this fall, announced Wednesday that its board of trustees voted this week to accept a closure plan. Word of the impending shutdown had been circulating since at least mid-November. “We’re all very, very sad,” said Paula E. Peinovich, the college’s president. The college will offer courses through the spring semester and have...