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Currency manipulation: Does Congress care?


By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2015) — With China’s recent decision to devalue its currency, the AFL-CIO is urging all members of Congress to insist that enforceable rules protecting American workers from currency manipulation be included in any future trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. China‚Äôs undervaluation of its currency artificially […]

WSLC censures state’s Fast Track supporters


SEATTLE (Aug. 7, 2015) — In response to Resolution #15, which was unanimously approved by delegates representing unions all across the state, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has sent a letter censuring each member of the state’s Congressional delegation who voted for “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority in June. The letter also notes that […]

Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), Roofers announce affiliation


(Aug. 6, 2015) — The following was distributed last week by the United Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers: United Association and United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Approve Historic Affiliation Agreement ANNAPOLIS, MD and WASHINGTON, DC — Citing strong ties and common interests in water conservation, General […]

Smoothing way for TPP, Obama upgrades Malaysia on slavery


The following, written by Charlie Fanning, is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 2015) — On Monday, the Obama administration made the deplorable decision to upgrade Malaysia — a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement — on its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. This clearly political decision undermines […]

Republicans tee up 19% cut in Social Security disability checks


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2015) — The new trustees’ report on the financial condition of the Social Security and Medicare systems released Wednesday should have been mostly good news. But thanks to yet another “fiscal crisis” deliberately manufactured by Republicans in Congress, today’s headlines instead declare: “Social Security disability fund to run dry next year.” […]

AFL-CIO’s Trumka reacts to Walker’s bid for presidency


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2015) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement today in response to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s formal announcement of his candidacy for president: Scott Walker is a national disgrace.

Support overdue update of overtime pay rule


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2015) — This week, President Barack Obama proposed a long-awaited update of federal regulations that would restore access to overtime pay protections for millions of Americans. Under the proposed new rules, all salaried workers who earn less than $970 per week — or about $50,000 per year — would be eligible […]

Murray, Cantwell put Fast Track over the top


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2015) — This morning, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion that virtually assures passage of the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority legislation that, for the first time in the modern free-trade era, strips provisions to provide assistance to workers whose jobs are shipped overseas. Needing 60 votes to invoke […]

Take action urging U.S. Senators to vote NO


This is it! A pivotal vote on “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority is expected to happen on Tuesday, June 23 in the U.S. Senate. This time, it’s on a significantly worse version of the bill than the one that passed the Senate last month with the support of Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria […]

House cuts TAA loose, passes Fast Track


By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2015) — This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a standalone “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority bill that has, for the first time in the modern era of free-trade agreements, been decoupled from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program that assists American workers whose […]


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