Issues

Seafarers going to bat for Food for Peace program

For more than six decades, surplus U.S. farm produce has been exported abroad in one of the nation’s most-successful foreign aid programs, Food for Peace. But the GOP Trump administration is the second consecutive administration that is trying to kill it via conversion to cash – and the Seafarers are sticking up for the exports, instead. That’s because the food, [...]

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Backs Medicare for All

The federation’s Executive Council issued a strong endorsement of Medicare for All, among the resolutions it passed at its summer meeting.  SILVER SPRING, Md. —A strong endorsement of government-run single-payer Medicare for All as the ultimate solution to U.S. health care ills highlighted position statements from the summer AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting. The council’s health care statement, issued from the [...]

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GOP-run House rejects pro-apprenticeship addition to defense bill

WASHINGTON—Republican lawmakers and the GOP Trump administration may talk a good game in backing expanding apprenticeship programs – including building trades apprenticeship programs – but voting for them is another matter. That, at least, was the result of the first vote on apprenticeships in the full House this year, when Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., a Painter, tried to include a [...]

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AFSCME Illinois leader: Gov. Rauner originated key anti-union lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—A key lawsuit that could toss out “fair share fees” paid to public-sector unions by “free riders” nationwide originally was filed by right-wing virulently anti-union Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., the leader of the union defending the fees says. Roberta Lynch, executive director of AFSCME District Council 31, included that fact in her recent op-ed in the Springfield State Journal-Register [...]

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AFGE lauds defense bill curbs on use of private contractors

WASHINGTON—The Government Employees (AFGE) are lauding a provision to curb the Defense Department’s use of private contractors, inserted in the huge bill that covers defense programs. The provision, by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, was included in the bipartisan version of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, which the GOP-run House passed overwhelmingly in mid-July. Curbing DOD’s use of private contractors [...]

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AFL-CIO trade expert: Europe has higher labor standards, but no enforcement

WASHINGTON—Europe has higher labor standards for worker rights and union protection than the U.S. does, the AFL-CIO’s top trade expert says. But there’s one thing wrong with them, Celeste Drake adds: No enforcement. Drake spent time on the continent earlier in July discussing progressive trade policies and the European response to China’s trade actions – particularly the Chinese demand that [...]

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Bipartisan coalition beats GOP attempt to weaken Davis-Bacon fair construction wage protections

WASHINGTON—By a 183-242 vote, the GOP-run U.S. House defeated the latest Republican assault on the Davis-Bacon Act and its legal prevailing wages for construction workers who toil on federally funded projects. Fifty-one Republicans joined all voting Democrats in backing Davis-Bacon. The other 183 Republicans voted to cut workers’ wages. And  in an indication that even Davis-Bacon foes realize their fight [...]

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Op-Ed: USW’s Leo Gerard on ‘Do no harm’ still hurts’

By Leo Gerard, President, United Steelworkers “No harm” is not enough for the administration that promised to cure the injury that international trade inflicted on workers. Promises were made. And workers believed candidate Donald Trump when he pledged to stop corporations from exporting American factories. Workers cast votes based on Trump swearing he would end the trade cheating that kills American [...]

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Labor seeks solidarity with immigrant workers in rural Volusia County, Fla.

By Daniel Winters, People’s World and Press Associates PIERSON, Fla.—In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump won millions of working class voters by appealing to indignity and insecurity they face. Though Trump’s rhetoric made a show of concern for working-class issues, it was ridden with noxious and divisive themes, including racism, sexism and xenophobia. Now, in rural areas of Volusia County, Fla., [...]

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UAW vote at Nissan set for August 3-4; Union files more labor law-breaking charges

CANTON, Miss.—The United Auto Workers and Nissan agreed to set the union recognition vote at the “transplant” automaker’s Canton, Miss., plant for August 3-4, UAW said. But just because the two sides agreed on a date doesn’t mean Nissan will stay neutral as UAW campaigns to convince a majority of the 4,000 eligible workers there to join the union. As [...]

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