Issues

Fly the Unfriendly Skies –Shutdown Endangers Air Safety

Call it “fly the unfriendly skies.” The new president of the Air Line Pilots Association told GOP President Donald Trump that his shutdown/lockout of federal air transportation workers endangers air traffic safety. “The nation’s airspace system is a complex transportation network that involves government and industry partnerships to function properly, and the disruptions being caused by the shutdown are threatening […]

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Lockout Hurting Country

In what opinion polls show voters view as a political ploy playing to his right-wing base, GOP President Donald Trump declared his shutdown of at least one-fourth of U.S. government agencies – and his lockout of hundreds of thousands of workers – will last for months or years. And that’s despite the pain he’s inflicting on the whole country.    […]

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Locked Out Workers Scrambling

With hundreds of thousands of locked-out federal workers scrambling to pay their bills, their union leaders are urging lawmakers to override GOP President Donald Trump’s partial government shutdown and put the employees back to work. But their pleas appear to have fallen on deaf ears, so far at the White House. In the final week of 2018, solons gave up […]

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AFL-CIO focused on federal Temporary Protected Status

The AFL-CIO is renewing and strengthening its commitment to approximately half a million workers, all on federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS), whom, with their families, xenophobic and racist GOP President Donald Trump wants to deport. The pledges, from federation Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and other top officials, came at a Nov. 27 ceremony at AFL-CIO headquarters. […]

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Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds GOP Right-to-Work

By a 4-3 vote, the Kentucky Supreme Court handed another win to the right-wing and GOP partisan forces’ crusade to destroy unions and workers’ rights, upholding the Commonwealth’s GOP-enacted so-called “right to work” law. Acting for their unions, Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Landrigan and Louisville-based Teamsters Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman challenged the law on state constitutional grounds. They said […]

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Pregnancy Discrimination Still Exist

Nine U.S. senators, led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, demanded that Verizon and the subcontractor that runs its Memphis warehouse, XPO Logistics, answer published details about unusually high levels of pregnancy discrimination there – and take definitive detailed steps to stop it. In letters to Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg and XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs, the […]

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Union Speaks Up for Free Press

News Guild President Bernie Lunzer, upset by increasing attacks on press freedom in general and reporters in particular, is asking his members, and unionists nationwide, to pressure their lawmakers to stand up for freedom of the press. His decision was spurred, he told Press Associates Union News Service just after Election Day, by GOP President Donald Trump’s arbitrary eviction of […]

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Was it a Wave Election?

A substantial majority of Americans went to the polls and pulled the lever for candidates who opposed GOP President Donald Trump and his policies. Even in the elections for the U.S. Senate, where the GOP gained at least three seats, 10 million more people voted Democratic than voted Republican. The big news of the night, however, was the practical result […]

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Election 2018 Labor Recap

Workers won. Women won. Many, but not all, minorities won. Democrats won. Donald Trump didn’t. In so many words, that’s what happened in U.S. House races, and in five key governor-ships – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota – on Election Day 2018. Those gubernatorial winners join Democrats Gavin Newsom (California) and Andrew Cuomo (New York) who swept to victory […]

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Unions on Frontline of Elections

AFL-CIO LEAFLET DROP IN KEY POLITICAL RACES PART OF RISING UNION ACTION The AFL-CIO has started distributing 1.3 million leaflets in key Senate and gubernatorial races in 15 battleground states, one of a burgeoning set of union political initiatives as the November election approaches. In some cases, the fed is backing the same hopefuls progressives supported. In others, it isn’t. […]

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