Issues

AFL-CIO: No Early Presidential Endorsements​

The AFL-CIO will not be making an early endorsement in the 2020 presidential contest. “There will be no early endorsement of any of the candidates who have announced,” Lee Saunders, chair of the federation’s political committee, told People’s World, as he arrived in New Orleans for the 2019 winter meeting of the AFL-CIO Executive Council. The federation’s political committee met March […]

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Will Biden Run?

Greeted by constant roaring chants of “Run, Joe, Run!” from a capacity crowd waving signs urging him to go for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden stopped just short on March 12 of declaring his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Instead, his key lines to the hundreds of delegates to the Fire Fighters Legislative and Political […]

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Jewish Labor Coalition Backing $15 Min. Wage

The Jewish Labor Committee has talked a coalition of 120 Jewish groups into supporting raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. It’s now $7.25 and hasn’t risen in a decade. With strong labor support, the U.S. House’s ruling Democrats unveiled the minimum wage hike bill in late January. JLC Acting Executive Director Arieh Lebowitz said the […]

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Sectoral Bargaining –The Future of Labor

What was supposed to be an intellectual conference on the future of the U.S. union movement turned into a conference on the future of collective bargaining, and specifically promotion of sectoral bargaining, instead. The confab in D.C., hosted by the Albert Shanker Institute – a think-tank the Teachers (AFT) set up – and the Century Foundation saw a wide range […]

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Pro-Worker Agenda of Congressional Progressives

Pro-worker legislation, including equal pay for equal work and an updated stronger version of the Employee Free Choice Act, are part of the progressive platform lawmakers will try to push through the Democratic-run House in the 116th Congress, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, says. And solons got a head start on that platform with two House […]

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Professional Union Membership Up

Professional Union Membership Up

Principals, assistant principals and other school leaders are joining hands with others as professional union membership grew to 6.18 million in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report on union membership. That is an increase of approximately 28,000 professionals from 2017. “Professional employees realize they need a union just like blue-collar workers,” said AFSA President Ernest Logan. […]

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AFL-CIO Calls for Resignation of Governor Ralph Northam

After a unanimous vote by the AFL-CIO Executive Council to call for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement: Gov. Northam’s racist actions of the past—and his behavior of the past few days—cut against everything we stand for. He has shown himself  not to be the leader Virginia and America need, and he must resign […]

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Women’s March Stands Against Trump

As Mary Lewis of Mars, Pa., marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. with more than 100,000 other women – and quite a few men, too – she carried a handmade sign that symbolized what this year’s Women’s March seemed to be all about: More resistance to Donald Trump. Her sign showed three well-drawn hand-colored figures, labelled “The Three Stooges.” The […]

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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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