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Federal court: FedEx employees are indeed FedEx employees

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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

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(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 […]

We need to tell Congress to restore Voting Rights Act

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From AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 7, 2014) — Forty-nine years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and that has been a cornerstone of the civil rights movement, by ensuring that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote. But about […]

NLRB affirms McDonald’s responsibilities

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The following is from Working Washington: (July 30, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday found that McDonald’s Corporation maintains such extensive control over operations at its franchisees that it functions as a joint employer and shares legal responsibility for employment conditions at franchised McDonald’s outlets. This decision confirms what workers have long […]

Training law ‘good news,’ but more needed

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015) — In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Congress has approved and last week President Obama signed new legislation governing federal workforce development, including provisions that the AFL-CIO reports will increase the voice of workers in the system. The House passed (415–6) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) […]

IAFF calls out looters of public pensions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 2014) — Across America, state budgets are being balanced on the backs of current and former public employees by breaking commitments to fund their defined-benefit retirement plans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is the latest to go this route, warning his state’s fire fighters, police officers, teachers and other public employees last […]

Raise nixed for lowest-paid federal workers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2014) –Every Republican member of Congress voted Wednesday to deny federal employees their first minimum wage increase in more than five years. U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Doc Hastings of Washington state joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against an amendment by Rep. Alan Grayson […]

APWU decries Staples ‘ruse,’ boycott grows

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2014) — The following statement has been issued by American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein: A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. Staples and the […]

Tell House: Work on long-term highway funding solution

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The following action alert was posted at AFL-CIO Now. (The headline has been updated to make clear that the AFL-CIO is not asking union members to support or oppose the short-term fix, it is urging this Congress to come up with a long-term solution.) WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2014) — The House is expected to […]

The ACA is working and its users are happy (but not the GOP)

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2014) — The percentage of Americans lacking health insurance is plummeting thanks to the Affordable Care Act, according to three national surveys released on Thursday. The Urban Institute reports that the uninsured rate fell to 13.9% in June, down from 17.4% at the end of last […]

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