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Lack of Gun Language in Federal Education Budget Package Concerning

Lack of Gun Language in Federal Education Budget Package Concerning

School principals are united in their concern that the Department of Education funding bill under consideration in Congress does not include language prohibiting the use of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds for school districts to purchase firearms and firearms training in schools. The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of […]

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Getting Rid of Corporate Welfare

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Two of the Senate’s top supporters of workers, Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, have gone on the attack against corporate subsidies and irresponsibility. And though their legislation will go nowhere in the GOP-run 115th Congress, the two lawmakers are laying down markers for future legislative action to help workers. Sanders’ bill is a direct attack […]

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Family, admirers of Paul Booth urge donations to his favored worker causes

WASHINGTON—Almost seven months after famed organizer and activist Paul Booth died, his family and admirers are urging unionists donate in his memory to three top worker causes he favored sponsored.               In a personal note, his widow, Heather Booth – herself a famed and energetic organizer – said donations can go to the Chicago-based Midwest Academy for training organizers […]

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Federal worker unions, allies hit Trump’s pay freeze scheme

WASHINGTON—Federal workers and their allies slammed anti-worker GOP President Donald Trump’s scheme to freeze federal workers’ pay – including both regular raises and “locality pay” differences for workers in high-cost areas.               The Government Employees (AFGE), the Treasury Employees (NTEU) and the Union Veterans Council also all lauded the Senate for approving a 1.9 percent pay hike in its […]

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Dorning succeeds Almeida at fed’s Dept. for Professional Employees

WASHINGTON—Oregon native Jennifer Dorning, a Professional and Technical Engineers member and research director for the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees, succeeded department President Paul Almeida in the top job on September 1.               Dorning, who will serve the last three years of Almeida’s term, is DPE’s first female head. Almeida is retiring. Dorning is an associate member of the […]

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EPI: Top CEOs’ take rose 17.6% in 2017; Workers got 0.3% hike

WASHINGTON—Compensation for the nation’s top CEOs – including pay, bonuses and cashed-in stock options – rose 17.6 percent last year, to an average of $18.9 million each, the Economic Policy Institute reports. Meanwhile, their workers, who subsist only on paychecks, saw their salaries rise 0.3 percent.               That big gap, covering only the CEOs of the top 350 publicly […]

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Rallies nationwide oppose Trump High Court pick, demand ‘Kava-NO!’

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—“Kava-NO!” “Kava-NO!”               That chant rang out over the streets of downtown Alexandria, Va., in one of the hundreds of rallies nationwide on August 26 against putting right-wing federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court.               Other rallies – including in Chicago, Cleveland, the Twin Cities, Kansas City, New York City, Los Angeles and […]

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U.S. union leaders: ‘Devil is in the details’ on new U.S.-Mexico trade deal

WASHINGTON—For the five AFL-CIO union leaders who sat down with GOP President Donald Trump to talk NAFTA last week, “the devil is in the details” of the U.S.-Mexico so-called “free trade” framework the two nations unveiled on August 26.               But a top trade expert, former trade attorney Lori Wallach, now director of USPirg’s Global Trade Watch, is a […]

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News Guild’s Lunzer joins nationwide press defense against Trump vilification

WASHINGTON (PAI)—News Guild President Bernie Lunzer has stepped forward with a strong defense of his union’s members, their media and their reporting in the face of continued vilification – and worse – by GOP President Donald Trump, his minions and his followers.   Lunzer’s statement on the morning of August 16 joined a nationwide effort by more than 300 newspapers, […]

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Thousands of unionists rally in Philly against Trump government’s family-splitting

PHILADELPHIA—Keyri Hernandez takes a big risk when she and her two brothers go to school five days a week. She says ICE agents could grab them and deport them back to Mexico, where they might wind up dead.   That risk is because Hernandez, two of her brothers and their mother have been living in sanctuary in a Philadelphia-area church […]

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