Issues

Cluw Launches Member Survey On Change

WASHINGTON—Saying it, like other union organizations, is hurting from the decline in union members nationwide, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is surveying past and present members, asking them how it should change. “We need to find a way of doing business in today’s world,” said CLUW President Karen See in introducing the survey. It was e-mailed to all […]

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Paid Leave Ordinance Fails In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—A proposed city ordinance requiring firms to give paid sick leave to almost all private-sector workers in Philadelphia failed on April 11 when the city council could not muster enough votes to override Mayor Michael Nutter’s veto. The week before, Nutter vetoed the ordinance for the second time in three years. He argued it would make Philly businesses uncompetitive, an […]

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Postal Unions Welcome Withdrawal Of USPS Saturday Shutdown Scheme

WASHINGTON —Leaders of the nation’s postal unions welcomed the Postal Service board’s April 10 decision to overrule the Postmaster General’s plan to shut down virtually all Saturday pickups and deliveries, retaining 6-day service. But the unions added saving Saturday is not enough. Postal Workers President Cliff Guffey said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe still wants to speed up mail sorting center […]

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Wage Gap Stays Static At 77 Cents On The Dollar; Smallest in L.A., Largest In Wyoming, Utah, Louisina

WASHINGTON —If you’re a woman worker seeking equal pay for equal work, your best bet is to move to Los Angeles, D.C. – the city — Las Vegas, or Vermont. And even in those cities and states, you won’t quite catch up to men in the wage gap. Conversely, you want to stay out of three deep-red states – the […]

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MSHA: Mine Deaths, Injuries Fell In 2012

WASHINGTON —Deaths and injuries in the nation’s mines, including its coal mines, fell in 2012 to some of their lowest recorded levels, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported. MSHA released its preliminary data on the eve of the third anniversary of the worst recent disaster, the April 2010 explosion and fire that killed 29 coal miners at West […]

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Union Leaders Hit Obama Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON—Union leaders found little to like in Democratic President Barack Obama’s $3.78 trillion federal budget and spending blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Their big criticism was of his proposal, offered as a so-called “olive branch” to congressional Republicans, to reduce future Social Security cost-of-living increases by tying them to the so-called “chained CPI.” That’s a measure of […]

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Unionists Provide Large Share Of Huge Pro-Immigrant Rally

WASHINGTON — Aided by a huge contingent of unionists, especially from the Service Employees, at least 10,000 people jammed and overflowed the U.S. Capitol lawn on April 10 to demand comprehensive immigration reform. Led by advocates for Latinos, Asian-Americans and African-Americans, the crowd demanded Congress write legislation providing a path to citizenship and other legal rights for the estimated 11 […]

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement on Obama’s Budget Request for FY 2014

President Diann Woodard’s Statement on Obama’s Budget Request for FY 2014

On Wednesday, April 10th, President Obama officially released his budget request for Fiscal Year 2014.
AFSA is very pleased Obama’s request includes $71.2 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education, which is an increase of $3.1 billion, or 4.5 percent, above the FY 2012 level.

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Progressive Activists, Senators Warn: Obama Budget to Propose Lower Social Security Hikes

 WASHINGTON —A progressive activists’ group and the leader of the Senate Social Security caucus are warning that Democratic President Barack Obama’s budget blueprint will call for smaller increases in Social Security benefits. The budget blueprint would accomplish that, the Campaign for America’s Future and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., add, by basing future cost of living hikes for Social Security recipients […]

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Miners, Facing Loss of Health Care to Patriot’s Bankruptcy Manipulation, Escalate Protests

CHARLESTON, W. VA. –Thousands of miners and their survivors, facing loss of health care coverage due to bankruptcy code manipulation by Patriot Coal, a set-up-to-fail spinoff from giant Peabody Coal, escalated their protests against the loss. And their campaign is drawing notice – at least from lawmakers representing the areas where Peabody and Patriot operate. The latest chapter in the […]

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