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  • Trump Hits Back on Union Leader in Labor Day Tweets

    09/03/2018 12:18:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    President Trump on Monday slammed AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka over comments he made over the weekend, saying it’s easy to see why unions are doing so terribly.“Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend,” the president tweeted. “Some of the things he said were so against the working men and women of our country, and the success of the U.S. itself, that it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!” Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend. Some of the...
  • Trump attacks union leader on Labor Day [Trumka]

    09/03/2018 8:15:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 03, 2018 8:39 AM EDT
    President Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Trump tweeted Monday that Trumka represented his union poorly on television this weekend. He added: it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem! [] Asked about the low unemployment rate and economic growth, Trumka said those are good, but wages have been down since the first of the year. Gas prices have been up since the first of the year. So, overall, workers arent doing as well. On Monday, Trump touted...
  • AFL-CIOs Trumka: Trump Has Done More to Hurt Workers Than to Help Workers

    09/03/2018 5:46:35 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 57 replies
    On this weekends broadcast of Fox News Sunday, AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka said President Donald Trump has hurt workers. On Trumps performance for workers, Trumka said, Unfortunately, to date, the things that he has done to hurt workers outpace what hes done to help workers. He hasnt come up with an infrastructure program that could put a lot of us back to work. He overturned a regulation that would deny over 5 million overtime that they wouldve had. He overturned some health and safety regulations that will hurt us on the job. He continued, Wages have been down since the...
  • Trumka calls for immediate release of TPP text

    10/14/2015 6:15:52 PM PDT · by Amntn · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/15 | Vicki Needham
    One of the nations top labor leaders on Wednesday called on the Obama administration to immediately release the text of a far-reaching trade deal that spans the Pacific Rim to Latin America. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote a letter to President Obama arguing that stakeholders, lawmakers and the American public need to see the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to start what is expected to be a long process of evaluating the deal brokered by the United States and 11 other nations. House and Senate Democrats have made similar appeals since the pact was brokered a week ago...
  • Trumka blasted by teachers union boss for keeping door open on Trump 2020 endorsement

    08/02/2018 9:20:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2018 | Judson Berger
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is getting an earful on Twitter from teachers union boss Randi Weingarten for reportedly keeping the door open to a possible Trump endorsement in 2020. Newsmax reported Wednesday that Trumka would not rule out a union endorsement for the president. Every [candidate] will be looked at, Trumka said. He added, we will consider every candidate whos running. Trumka simply may have been stating union policy, not wanting to get ahead of an endorsement process that is nowhere close to starting, for an election more than two years out. At the same time, he noted...
  • AFL-CIO's Trumka Won't Rule Out Unions Endorsing Trump in 2020

    08/01/2018 11:42:20 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1 Aug 2018 | John Gizzi
    Despite strong condemnations of the Trump administration for what he calls the growing wage inequality among Americans, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on Wednesday refused to rule out his union endorsing President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020. Well, he will be looked at [for the labor endorsement], Trumka told Newsmax, Everyone [of the presidential candidates] will be looked at. Pressed as to how serious he was about the AFL-CIO considering not endorsing the Democratic nominee for president for the first time since 1972, Trumka insisted we will consider every candidate whos running in 2020. Recalling the last presidential race, the...
  • Trumka: True Patriotism in Missouri

    07/18/2018 8:01:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    AFL-CIO Staff ^ | July 18, 2018 | AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka
    AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) spoke at the Missouri AFL‑CIO’s 29th Biennial Convention yesterday, rallying a packed audience of local union leaders and working Missourians in the fight against Prop. A. He recalled the charge that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to Americans in the midst of the Great Depression: “True patriotism urges us to build an even more substantial America where the good things of life may be shared by more of us.” Working people in Missouri are speaking out and mobilizing their neighbors against a corporate-backed attack on our fundamental economic rights. As union leaders gather in St....
  • AFL-CIO Chief (Trumka) Warns Red to Blue Candidates That Being a Democrat Isnt Enough

    07/13/2018 4:08:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Rollcall ^ | 7/12/18 | Simone Path
    House Democratic candidates in town this week for training at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington got a visit from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka for some tips on how they can win back working-class voters. I dont have to tell you that you cant count on the D next to your name to gain our support, Trumka told Democratic leadership and a room full of candidates on Red to Blue, the DCCCs program for its strongest candidates. This is the first time the labor leader has spoken to DCCC candidates this cycle, though he has done so in...
  • More Winning at SCOTUS!

    06/27/2018 7:04:17 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 174 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | June 27, 2018 | SCOTUS
    JUSTICE ALITO delivered the opinion of the Court. Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsi dize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bar gaining and related activities. We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmem bers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern. We upheld a similar law in Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209 (1977), and we recognize the importance of following precedent unless there are strong reasons for...
  • The Memo: Trump tariff move may pay dividends in 2020

    03/05/2018 3:22:35 PM PST · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5 Mar 2018 | NIALL STANAGE
    President Trumps proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports horrify Republican leaders in Congress but they could yet pay political dividends. Trumps move, cast by the White House as an effort to protect American manufacturing, has significant appeal in the Rust Belt states that were pivotal to his shock 2016 election win. Some Democrats in the region worry that senior figures in their party, especially those whose bases are in affluent coastal cities, are underestimating the political potency of Trumps announcement. It worries me as a Democrat that the national Democrats dont see that Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and...
  • Right to Work Is a Cynical Power Grab

    02/24/2018 2:58:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 68 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | February 23, 2018 | Stan Sorscher
    The effort to expand cynically named "right to work" laws says a lot about what is wrong with politics in our country. Disguised as protecting workers, the real goal is to silence workers voice, reduce our bargaining power and make our jobs more precarious. Its about powersocial, political and economic power.
  • AFL-CIO Unions Prod Employers to Hide Illegal Migrants From Enforcement Agencies

    02/12/2018 12:54:56 PM PST · by davikkm · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | NEIL MUNRO
    The Democratic Partys allies in the AFL-CIOs unions are pressuring unions and companies to protect illegal-alien migrant employees from deportation, effectively converting the pro-worker unions into wage-cutting front-groups for employers. The conversion is described by the New York Daily News, which showed how progressive lawyers train local Teamster union leaders to negotiate workplace contracts which minimize employers cooperation with immigration enforcement agencies. The article says: At a Wednesday class, funded by the Consortium for Worker Education, Mike Spinelli of Local 553 listened carefully as trainer Luba Corts walked everyone through the difference between an administrative warrant and a judicial one....
  • TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline construction will start next year

    01/18/2018 12:47:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Canadian energy giant TransCanada said Thursday its prepared to move ahead with the long-awaited Keystone XL oil pipeline and plans to start construction next year, laying to rest rumors that it would abandon the project in the wake of regulatory setbacks in Nebraska. In a statement, the company said its beginning to work with Nebraska landowners to secure necessary easements to allow the pipeline to go forward. Over the past 12 months, the Keystone XL project has achieved several milestones that move us significantly closer to constructing this critical energy infrastructure for North America, said Russ Girling, TransCanadas president...
  • 'Right to Work' Designed to Keep Black Workers Poor

    12/01/2017 4:29:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | November 30, 2017 | Lew Moye
    In his commentary "Unions ignore long history of excluding minorities from jobs," Missouri Rep. Shamed Dogan (R)highlighted past discriminatory practices in organized labors history as reason for implementing our states currently pending "right to work" law, along with other anti-worker measures such as ending prevailing wage and minimum wage requirements. To claim that unions continue to exclude minorities and are detrimental to working people is ridiculous and erroneous in the face of the facts. The truth is, enacting right to workand other anti-worker laws would only hurt the minority communities Dogan seeks to protect, by lowering wages, reducing benefits and...
  • Republican Tax Plan a Con Game Against Working People

    09/28/2017 3:12:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | September 28, 2017 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Yesterday, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress released their new tax plan. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responded to the proposal: The tax plan Republicans put out [yesterday] is nothing but a con game, and working people are the ones theyre trying to con. Here we go again. First comes the promise that tax giveaways for the wealthy and big corporations will trickle down to the rest of us. Then comes the promise that tax cuts will pay for themselves. Then comes the promise that they want to stop offshoring. And finally, we find out none of these things...
  • Colin Kaepernick, shunned by the NFL, named Week 1 MVP by the player's union

    09/17/2017 11:37:11 AM PDT · by bkopto · 152 replies
    Mashable ^ | 9/16/2017 | adam rosenberg
    Professional NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick can't find a team to call home in the National Football League, but that didn't stop the NFL Player's Association from celebrating his charity work this week. The official player's union of the NFL named Kap as the organization's Week 1 "Community MVP" on Friday. He received the honor "for his commitment to empowering underserved communities through donations and grassroots outreach," the NFLPA announcement notes.
  • DACA Announcement Will Not Deter Our Fight for Justice

    09/05/2017 11:07:24 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | September 5, 2017 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement on todays announcement that the Trump administration will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: President Donald Trumps move to terminate DACA and strip work authorization away from 800,000 productive members of our society is cruel and wrong. Ending DACA will increase the pool of vulnerable workers in our country and embolden employers to retaliate against working men and women who dare to organize on the job or speak out against abusive working conditions. This indefensible act will make our workplaces less fair and less safe and will undermine our freedom...
  • Trump Admin's Big Labor Appeasers Played Into AFL-CIO Chief Trumka's Hands

    09/04/2017 7:58:44 AM PDT · by willowsdale · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 4, 2017 | Mark Mix
    In the middle of August, Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO union hierarchy, exercised expert -- and malicious -- timing to embarrass the President Donald Trump. But Trumka never would have had the opportunity without White House advisors assistance. Back in January, Trumka and his deputy chief of staff, Thea Lee, had happily accepted invitations from the Trump Administration to serve on the newly-established Presidential Manufacturing Council and Policy Forum. Apparently, at least some Trump advisors thought it was a good idea to solicit the advice of a man who had, just a few months before, publicly denounced the...
  • AFL-CIO president leaves Trump advisory board (Good)

    08/15/2017 3:19:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2017 | Sylvan Lane
    The president of the AFL-CIO stepped down from a council advising the White House on Tuesday, hours after President Trump reiterated that both sides were to blame for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacist groups rallied over the weekend. "President Trumps remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. He announced that both he and AFL-CIO leader Thea Lee would step down from Trump's Manufacturing Advisory Board. "We must resign on behalf of Americas working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups."...
  • We Will Defend and Resist: Prepare for Workplace Raids and Audits

    05/13/2017 3:47:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | May 11, 2017 | Kenneth Quinnell
    During the 2016 election, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made it clear that his administration would be more aggressive in pursuing immigration enforcement. This likely means more aggressive workplace actions, including raids that result in the immediate arrest of working people. Our new We Will Defend and Resist toolkit explains the processes and players involved in worksite enforcement and provides resources and guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a raid or audit. Check out the toolkit and be prepared.