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Smoothing way for TPP, Obama upgrades Malaysia on slavery

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Fast Track stalled in the House — for now

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 15, 2015) — Fast Track passed, but Fast Track failed. On Friday, June 12, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives attempted to approve “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority sought by President Obama but opposed by most Democrats, most voters, and labor, environmental and consumer protection interests. Because the legislation was broken up into […]

House did right thing, but the fight isn’t over

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(June 12, 2015) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement today: The House of Representatives has done the right thing, but the fight isn’t over. This is a significant day.  American workers came together and spoke with one voice about the path their country and economy should follow.  We are very grateful for […]

Rep. Adam Smith will vote NO on ‘skewed’ Fast Track bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement this morning opposing “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority: “Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), as they are currently being discussed, do not do enough to protect workers and the environment at home and abroad. “The biggest […]

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