Issues

Protests rise against GOP tax cut for the rich

WASHINGTON—If it is possible to make a bad tax cut bill, tilted 80 percent towards the rich, worse, the Senate’s ruling Republicans just did that. And, citing GOP’s latest brainstorm addition – throwing 13 million people out of health care and increasing health insurance premiums for everyone else by 10 percent a year – speakers at a November 15 Capitol [...]

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AFL-CIO launches shareholder resolution vs Nike

WASHINGTON (PAI)—The AFL-CIO is launching a shareholder resolution against Nike, demanding the monster maker of athletic footwear move its taxes back onshore and pay its fair share of the freight for the services it uses in the U.S. Speakers for the federation’s Office of Investment and their allies in the corporate reform community did not forecast whether their resolution would [...]

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Washington Post workers picket paper

WASHINGTON—Encouraged by a lively jazz band and toting brightly colored balloons, almost 100 Washington Post workers and their supporters picketed the paper on November 14, demanding its billionaire owner Jeffrey Bezos and his managers negotiate a fair contract with their union, The Washington-Baltimore News Guild. The signs at the march, the second such protest at the Post’s front door, told [...]

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Over labor, Dem protests, House OKs anti-worker ‘joint employer’ bill

WASHINGTON—Brushing aside protests from workers, the Economic Policy Institute, unions, contractors and House Democrats, the chamber’s ruling Republicans pushed through an anti-worker “Joint Employer” bill on November 7, 242-181. Eight Democrats, led by Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, joined all 234 voting Republicans in backing it, The other 181 Democrats voted no. Cuellar was the sole Dem to speak for [...]

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Teamsters, lawmakers bring misclassification of port drivers issue to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON—The Teamsters and lawmakers representing the nation’s two biggest ports, Los Angeles and New York, have brought the long-running battle over clean air there and misclassification of port truck drivers as “independent contractors” to Capitol Hill. In an outdoor press conference and in legislation dropped in the hopper – where the House’s ruling Republicans may well maroon it – Reps. [...]

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Top union VP challenges progressives to hit the streets for democracy

WASHINGTON—A top union official, National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle, is challenging the nation’s progressives to hit the streets for democracy. Pringle opened her address to Common Cause’s Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the importance of the cause. The November 7 confab discussed what’s wrong with U.S. democracy – including [...]

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Led by the Fed, more unions blasting GOP tax cut for the rich

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Led by the AFL-CIO, more unions are speaking out against the Republicans’ tax cut for the rich, saying the middle class – and union members – will wind up footing the bill. The statements, urging members to contact their lawmakers in a mass campaign against the measure, came as the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee worked on November [...]

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U.S. needs $4 billion for infrastructure repairs

ST. LOUIS —The U.S. needs to spend $4 billion yearly, four times as much as the Republican Trump administration requested, for needed infrastructure repairs, the president of North America’s Building Trades Unions says. And that’s what the unions will lobby for, adds NABTU President Sean McGarvey. And there must be “a dedicated funding source,” including an increased federal gasoline tax, [...]

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Puerto Rico’s plight, govt.’s response dominates a day at AFL-CIO

ST. LOUIS —Puerto Rico’s plight, a month after Hurricane Maria smashed the island commonwealth to smithereens, dominated a day at the AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis. It also gave the unionists there a good reason to trash the GOP Trump administration’s response, or lack of it, to the disaster. One after another, unionists stood up in the hall at America’s [...]

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Vistar workers end 2-month strike to prevent potential adverse NLRB ruling

ONTARIO, Calif. (PAI)—Some 85 truck drivers and warehouse workers at Vistar, an Ontario, Calif., division of Performance Food Group, reluctantly ended their two-month unfair labor practices strike on October 12. They had to walk out when Vistar refused to budge from paying female warehouse workers 26 percent less than male workers with the same jobs. The workers, members of Teamsters [...]

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