Issues

Why Workers Should Support Immigration Reform

If union members are like the general population, there are probably thousands of you wondering today why you should support immigration reform.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On President Obama’s Immigration Reform Speech

President Barack Obama was elected this fall with several mandates, but voters spoke with particular clarity on one issue: the need to support the aspiration of 11 million immigrants to become citizens. That’s why we applaud President Obama’s eloquent and thoughtful embrace of immigration reform, including a viable path to citizenship for those who are American in every way except on paper.

In a phrase, President Obama “gets it” – he gets that a rising tide lifts all boats and that empowering immigrant workers is a win for all working people. The President clearly shares the AFL-CIO’s commitment to a viable pathway to citizenship, meaning that seemingly innocuous conditions cannot be allowed to get in the way of a roadmap for citizenship that encompasses the dreams of 11 million people.

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Statement by AFSA President Diann Woodard on Senator Tom Harkin’s Retirement in 2015

When Senator Harkin retires at the close of the 113th Congress the Senate will lose a true champion for workers’ rights and education.

As a passionate advocate for improving public education and health care access, and as a staunch supporter of working families and their retirement security, Senator Harkin will forever be recognized for what he accomplished throughout his four decades of distinguished service.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Makes Statement On 2012 Union Membership Numbers From Bureau of Labor Statistics

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka offered a statement explaining the urgent need for men and women to have their voices heard on the job. He discusses union membership and the impact it has on the economic outcome for all workers.

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Statement by AFSA President Diann Woodard on Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

As a daughter of a union worker, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis fought tirelessly to protect, preserve and strengthen workers’ rights. She refused to allow strained state and local budgets to serve as an excuse for attacking public employees’ collective bargaining rights, their benefits, and their retirement security.

As a product of public schools, Secretary Solis never forgot the importance of providing all children with equal access to a high quality education, understanding that education is the key to our nation’s future prosperity. She recognized that strong leadership is a critical element to a successful school and that school leaders must be fully supported in their efforts to implement policies in the reform movement.

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Trumka: Fiscal Cliff Settlement Good, But Inadequate

The settlement of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which Congress hammered out on Jan. 1 was good but inadequate, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. He was one of several union leaders with that view.

And Steelworkers President Leo Gerard added the settlement shows the GOP still trashes the middle class, since most House Republicans opposed the deal.

Trumka gave his judgment after the GOP-run House voted 257-167 to keep income tax rates the same for anyone earning less than $400,000 yearly in salary — $450,000 for couples – as part of a package to avoid the cliff. Most of the votes came from Democrats. Gerard aired his comments in late December, during the wrangling.

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With ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looming, Unions Keep Pressure on Lawmakers

With the so-called “fiscal cliff” looming on Jan. 1, unions kept pressure on lawmakers to preserve Social Security and Medicare, key government programs and to extend jobless benefits while raising taxes on the rich.

But whether lawmakers were listening was up for question. The GOP-run House refused to budge from its pro-corporate stand, leaving the Democratic-run Senate – hamstrung by the usual GOP filibuster threats – to thrash out a compromise.

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President Diann Woodard Responds To NRA Statement

It was Ronald Reagan who once said, “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

What is right and necessary for the nation now is to continue to teach tolerance to our children who live in an ever changing and diverse society. An armed security guard is no match for a community that works to accept everyone and gives them purpose.

AFSA stands behind its plea to the president to create a National Task Force on School Safety, so that we may join together to examine best practices and help school leaders to continue to open their doors to all across the country each day.

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AFSA Calls On President Obama To Create Task Force On School Safety

AFSA Calls On President Obama To Create Task Force On School Safety

President Woodard sends a letter to the president saying gun control and mental health policy “may inspire more divisiveness than solutions.”

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka’s Statement on Obama’s Budget Proposal

The budget proposal President Obama offered to Republicans yesterday keeps faith with the voters in last month’s election, who overwhelmingly opposed tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

The ball is now in the Republicans’ court. Unfortunately, Republicans do not seem to have learned the lessons from their shellacking at the polls in November. They are still insisting on the very things voters rejected so resoundingly: tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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