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  • 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...
  • Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets in 100 Cities

    12/01/2013 3:12:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 127 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12-1-13 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    Backers of the movement for higher pay point to studies saying that the average age of fast-food workers is 29 and that more than one-fourth are parents raising children. Simon Rojas, who earns $8.07 an hour working at a McDonald’s in South Central Los Angeles, said he would join Thursday’s one-day strike. “It’s very difficult to live off $8.07 an hour,” said Mr. Rojas, 23, noting that he is often assigned just 20 or 25 hours of work a week. “I have to live with my parents. I would like to be able to afford a car and an apartment.”...
  • Health and Human Services quietly giving unions Obamacare fix

    11/06/2013 4:02:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/2013 | SUSAN CRABTREE
    The Obama administration has found a way to give unions relief from an Obamacare tax nearly three weeks after Republicans rejected a Democratic push to include the labor carve-out in the latest budget deal.The Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a final rule last week that includes an intention to exempt some union insurance plans from a substantial new tax known as the reinsurance fee.As part of Obamacare, the tax was supposed to be levied against all insurance plans to share the risk for insurers taking on the sickest patients next year.But unions, which were among the strongest...
  • Big Labor threatens to end careers of Democrats who support entitlement reform

    10/22/2013 12:30:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    In a shot across the bow of political moderates, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka threatened Monday to use Big Labor's resources to unseat any Democrat who supports entitlement reform. Trumka made the comments in a speech at the annual meeting International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in Las Vegas. He was reacting to reports that lawmakers may pursue some type of restraint in the ever-rising costs of programs like Social Security and Medicare. "Let me just say this one for the record. No politician — I don’t care the political party — will get away with cutting Social Security, Medicare or...
  • AFL-CIO head threatens political retribution for Social Security, Medicare cuts ('end your career')

    10/21/2013 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/21/13 | Elias Isquith
    In prepared remarks given in advance to the Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warns Democrats against accepting any budget deal that includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and even goes so far as to threaten to end the career of any politician who fails to heed his call. “No politician … I don’t care the political party … will get away with cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Don’t try it,” Trumka says, according to the Huffington Post. “This warning goes double for Democrats,” he continues. “We will never forget. We will never forgive. And we...
  • Trumka Says Shutting Down the Government to Prove a Point is 'Temper Tantrum Worthy of a 4-Year-Old'

    10/01/2013 9:12:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    aflcio.org ^ | September 30, 2013 | Jackie Tortora
    A looming federal government shutdown is slated to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the House Republicans' hostage taking: As of today, it is clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party have become one and the same when it comes to federal fiscal policy. House Republicans have decided that they will shut down critical public services, stiff public servants, hold America’s credit rating hostage and kill off jobs because they are upset that President Obama decisively defeated Mitt Romney last November. That some Republicans are participating in this fiasco...
  • The Gun Grabbers Try to Grope Our Kids Too

    09/30/2013 4:12:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2013 | John Ransom
    In six weeks there will be a little-followed election that could help determine the path for education reform in the United States for a long time to come. At issue is whether a local school board has the authority to tell the government employee union—you know, the forces of darkness that are preventing commonsense education reform in our schools? -- to take a hike. In July 2012, that’s exactly what Douglas County, Colorado school board decided. After months of negotiations the school board reached an impasse with the union as their contract expired. Previously the union has demanded that the...
  • Next up for AFL-CIO members: Pay your dues, endorse the transgender ‘delusion’

    09/16/2013 6:09:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies
    One News Now ^ | September 16, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    The AFL-CIO has demonstrated again its penchant for forcing its members to support social causes...This time ...sex-change surgery and therapy. As The Washington Times notes, last week’s vote could result in mandated employee insurance coverage for such things as hormone therapy and sex-change surgery. ...creates a dilemma for the majority of the union's members, forcing them "to endorse a delusion." “Nobody is advocating that people who suffer from gender confusion be discriminated against ...but ...people who recognize biological reality should not be compelled to entertain an irrefutable biological delusion.” “Even Johns-Hopkins University, which was kind of at the forefront of...
  • Advocates turn to Obama for action on immigration

    09/13/2013 1:20:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 4:15 PM EDT | Erica Werner and Alicia Caldwell
    With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, advocates are intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to act unilaterally to stop deportations or grant legal status to some of the 11 million people now living in the U.S. illegally. Activists are stepping up acts of civil disobedience like one last month in Phoenix, where they blocked a bus full of immigrant detainees. And labor leaders plan to press the issue with a top White House official in an upcoming meeting. … “If Congress doesn’t move, the president has a duty to act,” said Ana Avendano, director of immigration and community action at...
  • Unions meet with Obama over health care concerns

    09/13/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 5:17 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he hopes the White House will act within a week to address the growing concerns that labor unions have over the new health care law. … Unions want members to be eligible for the same federal subsidies available to low-income workers in the new health exchanges. …
  • Blue-collar laborers rebel at AFL-CIO’s embrace of progressives

    09/12/2013 4:13:11 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    The AFL-CIO needs to stick with representing workers and stop trying to take on social causes for the far left, said the union head for the International Association of Fire Fighters. Harold Schaitberger, who presides over the IAFF, said there is “great value” in aligning with political groups — but only as a secondary mission, he told The Hill. And the AFL-CIO’s recent push to bring in environmental groups and progressive-minded organizations to the union cause is leading the IAFF to express concerns about politics becoming the priority, over the representation of members. “To say that we are going to...
  • Unions’ Misgivings on Health Law Burst Into View [hypocrites helped to pass Obamacare]

    09/12/2013 11:06:55 AM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2013 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    labor’s renewed anger over Mr. Obama’s health care law and decisions surrounding it, especially the postponement of an employer mandate to ensure coverage for workers and the potential effects of the coming health insurance exchanges on existing plans. “If the Affordable Care Act is not fixed and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed,” said Terence M. O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. “We don’t want it to be repealed. We want it to be fixed, fixed, fixed. “We’ve had...
  • Republicans move to halt ObamaCare 'bailout' for angry unions

    09/12/2013 8:49:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9/12/2013
    Capitol Hill Republicans are trying to stop the Obama administration from offering labor unions a sweetheart deal on ObamaCare, as the White House tries to quell a simmering rebellion from Big Labor over the health care law. President Obama and White House officials reportedly have called union leaders to try and persuade them to tone down their complaints, pledging an accommodation. The AFL-CIO, though, on Wednesday approved a resolution anyway calling the law "highly disruptive" to union plans. But reports have surfaced on a plan that would give union workers -- and only union workers -- subsidies to help pay...
  • AFL-CIO calls ObamaCare 'highly disruptive' to union health plans

    09/12/2013 5:20:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 12, 2013
    The AFL-CIO approved a resolution saying that President Obama's health care overhaul will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them. In a strongly worded resolution released Wednesday, the federation said that labor unions still support the Affordable Care Act's overall goals of reducing health costs and bringing coverage to all Americans, but added that the law is being implemented in a way that is "highly disruptive" to union health care plans. Some individual unions have complained about the law's impact for months, but the resolution marks the...
  • AFL-CIO steps up criticism of health care law [which they helped to pass - hypocrites!]

    09/11/2013 8:41:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 11, 2013 | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama's health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent. The strongly worded resolution says the Affordable Care Act will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them. Labor unions still support the law's overall goals of reducing health costs and bringing coverage to all Americans, the resolution says, but adds that the law is being implemented in a...
  • White House calling union leaders ahead of vote on ObamaCare resolution

    09/11/2013 3:25:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 11, 2013 | By Kevin Bogardus
    LOS ANGELES — White House officials have been calling union leaders about a resolution critical of ObamaCare that is set to pass on Wednesday at the AFL-CIO convention. Union leaders have been tight-lipped about the calls coming from Washington, but at least one labor official said he understands that the Obama administration has been watching the resolution’s progress and expressing a desire that it not move forward.