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Tell Boeing CEO to reinstate wrongly fired S.C. inspectors

The following is from the Machinists union (IAM): CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 24, 2019) — Late last year before the holiday season, the Boeing Co. fired three flight readiness technicians/inspectors, who had recently voted to join the IAM, without just cause. These employees were allegedly terminated for missing a bird strike on an engine during a […]

Stop & Shop workers in New England score powerful victory

The following is from the AFL-CIO: BOSTON (April 23, 2019) — A tentative agreement between the 31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in New England and management at Stop & Shop supermarkets has been reached, effectively ending the historic strike that captured the country’s attention. The proposed deal will preserve health […]

Tell Congress: No new NAFTA until it’s fixed

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 16, 2019) — The good news: the North American Free Trade Agreement is finally being renegotiated because America’s working people demanded it. Our hard work made clear that the original failed NAFTA cannot continue. The bad news: there’s still more work to do to fix NAFTA. […]

Murray’s ‘Be HEARD’ Act aims to combat workplace harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2019) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act on Tuesday, legislation that takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they seek accountability […]

Rep. Derek Kilmer receives ‘Friend of SPEEA’ award

SEATAC (March 28, 2019) — U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) was recognized by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA/IFPTE 2001) with the 2019 “Friend of SPEEA” award at this year’s Northwest Regional banquet. The award recognizes local elected officials for their advocacy on behalf aerospace professionals and labor advocates. “It’s a real […]

Heck decries potential cuts of state military projects for wall

‘(Trump) is diverting funds from real operational priorities in order to build an unneeded wall,’ says Rep. Denny Heck   WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Monday confirmed that four military projects in Washington state could be cut in order to fund the border wall sought by President Donald Trump. Some […]

AFL-CIO announces opposition to NAFTA 2.0 in its current form

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2019) — The following statement was issued by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Thursday: For more than a quarter-century, North America’s working families have raised our voices for a better trade policy. The defenders of corporate-dominated trade rules too often portray trade as an end in itself. But trade is not […]

Let’s close ‘most outrageous loophole in the tax code’

Carried interest tax loophole lets Wall Street execs avoid paying fair share   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2019) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) are (re)introducing the Carried Interest Fairness Act, which would close the carried interest tax loophole. This loophole is one of the most extreme examples of Wall Street privilege […]

Filling 49,000 vacancies at VA isn’t a priority for White House

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2019) — The American Federation of Government Employees fought a long battle for transparency around vacancies at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, finally forcing the agency to regularly publish information about the number of unfilled positions throughout the VA. […]

Hearing highlights workplace violence faced by caregivers

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 28, 2019) — Workplace violence is a serious and growing problem for working people in the United States: It causes more than 450 homicides and 28,000 serious injuries each year. Workplace homicide now is responsible for more workplace deaths than equipment, fires and explosions. Two of […]


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