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Lacking votes, House GOP pulls Trumpcare

Public outcry, plummeting polls doomed Republican repeal of ACA   UPDATE (2 p.m. March 24, 2017) — In a dramatic conclusion to the Republican effort to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders this afternoon pulled their “Trumpcare” bill because they lacked the votes to pass it […]

‘Deeply troubled’ by Judge Gorsuch’s record

AFL-CIO: Supreme Court nominee sides with corporations over people   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2017) — Senate confirmation hearings began Monday for Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch. If confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court, Gorsuch will play a critical role in shaping and […]

Trump’s Labor Dept. cuts target poor, elderly, laid-off workers

By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2017) — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal proposes to slash domestic programs and federal services for poor, elderly, and laid-off Americans to help pay for increased military spending and the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Among the agencies targeted for […]

Buy Union: Shamrock your way to a stronger America

The following is from Labor 411: We love the luck of the Irish, but on St. Patrick’s Day, Labor 411’s selection of more than 250 beers produced by union companies is more valuable than a truckload of four leaf clovers. Check out our list of brews and accompanying St. Pat’s Day meal choices below. Flaunt […]

Join candlelight vigils Saturday to reject Republican health plan

(March 14, 2017) — The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are making an all-out push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that will cost an estimated 24 million Americans their health insurance coverage. If they’re successful, they would eliminate essential health care and Medicaid for hundreds of thousands […]

Solutionary Rail campaign would electrify the nation’s rail system

(March 8, 2017) — Could railroads, the oldest form of mechanized mass transportation, be the key to unlocking solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century? Unique among modes of long-haul transport, rail can be electrified. So, why not power trains with renewable energy? Might a clean, modernized, higher-speed rail network draw freight […]

With rule repeal, GOP ‘breaking promise to put workers first’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2017) — Led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senate Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to speak out against the Republican-led vote to eliminate the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule. Senate Democrats unanimously voted against overturning the […]

Undocumented immigrants pay billions in taxes each year

The following if from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2017) — A newly updated report released last week provides data that helps dispute the erroneous idea espoused during President Trump’s address to Congress that undocumented immigrants are a drain to taxpayers. In fact, like all others living and working […]

Tell AT&T: Keep good jobs here in America

The following is a message from AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre: (Feb. 21, 2017) — This month, 21,000 working people at AT&T’s wireless division voted to authorize a strike. It wasn’t an easy choice. No one wants to go on strike, but they needed to send a message to AT&T because the company is […]

Puzder withdraws; ‘great news’ for workers, says Trumka

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2017) — Fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder announced Wednesday that he will withdraw from consideration for Labor Secretary, a move immediately hailed by the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as “great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing.” Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, […]


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