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U.S. must stop NAI flag-of-convenience plan

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The following is from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA): (June 29, 2016) — In the United States and much of the rest of the world, international aviation regulations have traditionally required aircraft to be registered (“flagged”) in the home country of its owners and regulators. This system encourages best practices in safety and prohibits […]

Watch AFL-CIO’s ‘Trading Up’ conference in DC

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  The following is from AFL-CIO Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist Celeste Drake: (June 28, 2016) — Today, the AFL-CIO is hosting a conference examining all aspects of U.S. trade policy. It’s called “Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance and Security in U.S. Trade Policy,” and it features leading thinkers on trade policy […]

Leaders react as short-handed court puts immigrants in limbo

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2016) — In a 4-4 tie decision on Thursday, the short-handed U.S. Supreme Court announced it was deadlocked on a case brought by the State of Texas to block President Barack Obama’s immigration plan to shield an estimated five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to legally work in […]

Social Security, Medicare report ‘reassuring,’ says Trumka

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2016) — Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034, when it will face a modest gap in funding, the social insurance program’s trustees reported on Wednesday. But predictably, corporate media headlines this morning say the situation is “dire” and warn of looming “insolvency” because they want to […]

AFL-CIO endorses Clinton for President of the United States

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(June 16, 2016) — Working people in the AFL-CIO’s affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said: Hillary Clinton is […]

Rally, festival against TPP June 25 in Tacoma

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TACOMA (June 3, 2016) — The tide is turning against the TPP, and Tacoma plans to celebrate. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive 12-nation “free trade” agreement that would set NAFTA-like rules for about 40 percent of the global economy, is growing more and more unpopular. The official government report — expected to boost the case […]

It’s time to fix America’s rigged economy, take on Wall Street

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Following is an open letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 25, 2016) — It’s been more than eight years since Wall Street sent us into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Congress passed some important reforms to rein in Wall Street greed and excess, but we still have a long […]

Murray unveils bipartisan bill to strengthen apprenticeships

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate labor committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s workforce development system through registered apprenticeship programs. The EARNS Act would support pre-apprenticeship programs and […]

New overtime pay rule will mean raises for 4.2 million Americans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2016) — At the direction of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled new rules that will make millions more American workers eligible to receive overtime pay, effective Dec. 1, 2016. In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans, and […]

State’s CEOs paid 190 times average rank-and-file worker

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AFL-CIO’s 2016 Executive PayWatch highlights corporate pay inequality   SEATTLE (May 18, 2016) — CEO pay for major companies in Washington state continues to soar as income inequality and outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations who say they need to save money […]

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