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Labor leaders hail Obama immigration order


(Dec. 21, 2014) — Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement Thursday night in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of an executive order on immigration: President Obama’s executive order creating administrative relief for up to five million immigrant workers is truly a ray of hope in what […]

Smith, Kilmer urge swift renewal of TAA by year’s end


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Thursday introduced a Senate companion bill to the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Charles B. Rangel (D-MI). These bills would renew TAA, which is set to expire on Dec. […]

How Walmart destroyed U.S. manufacturing


The following article by Molly McGrath and Brad Markell is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: (Nov. 17, 2014) — Walmart has spent millions of dollars in the past two years on public relations promotions, advertising and conferences, trying to convince us that it, well, cares about America. From championing hiring veterans (which is noble, yes, but […]

Amid rallies against cuts, Postmaster resigns


(Nov. 14, 2014) — Those participating in today’s rallies in Seattle, Tacoma, Wenatchee and across the nation to oppose additional cuts at the U.S. Postal Service, now have something to celebrate. U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced this morning that he is stepping down, effective Feb. 1, 2015. That’s welcome news for the unions representing […]

Labor, allies will combat assaults on wages, Trumka says


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2014) — While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don’t pass. He […]

Postal banking system makes more sense than USPS cuts


The following is from the Center for Economic and Policy Research: (Nov. 12, 2014) — The Washington Post called for further cuts to the Postal Service and implicitly cuts in pay and benefits in an editorial today. There are two points worth noting on its proposed agenda. First, the Postal Service has already experienced enormous […]

Show your support for Philadelphia teachers


PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 21, 2014) — In 2013, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC), a statewide committee whose members are appointed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, unilaterally laid off 3,800 employees, including teachers, counselors and other support staff to deal with the school district’s budget crisis. This year, with more cuts looming, the Philadelphia Federation of […]

American Airlines agents join Teamsters-CWA in ‘historic’ win


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2014) — In what Communications Workers of America (CWA) heralds as “the largest labor organizing victory in the South in decades,” passenger service agents at American Airlines voted to form a union after a 19-year struggle.  In the vote announced today, 86% of the 9,000 […]

Federal court: FedEx employees are indeed FedEx employees


The following report by Kenneth Quinnell is from AFL-CIO Now: (Sept. 4, 2014) — Let’s pose a hypothetical situation. You’re sitting at home and a truck pulls up outside. On the side of the truck, it says FedEx. The driver who gets out is wearing a hat that says “FedEx” and a shirt that says […]

Join America’s labor movement through Working America


(Aug. 18, 2014) — Many people don’t have access to a union on the job, but support workers’ rights and the labor movement. In case you haven’t heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy. Become part of the […]


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