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Training law ‘good news,’ but more needed


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


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


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


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


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)


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 […]

More jobs created in states that have raised minimum wage


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2014) — In the 13 states that increased their minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2014, whether through legislation or automatic increases like in Washington state, job growth has been higher so far this year than in states where the minimum wage stayed the same. Extreme corporate interests often argue that raising […]

Urge Sens. Murray, Cantwell to strengthen Social Security


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2014) — Over the past two decades, Americans have flatly rejected Republican-led efforts to cut Social Security benefits or to dismantle the system entirely by privatizing it. As pensions and retirement security evaporate for an entire generation of working families, the conversation has finally turned to an idea that was considered […]

Cantor’s loss good news, but press will make sure it’s not


By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2014) — The big political news today is that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who many considered the Speaker-in-waiting, was defeated Tuesday in a primary election by a little-known conservative economics professor, David Brat, in what the media has dubbed a victory for the “Tea […]

Union-made Father’s Day shopping ideas


(June 10, 2014) — Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father’s Day by getting him a gift that sports the union label. Check out some union-made Father’s Day gift ideas at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Also, you can text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. ► Hugo […]


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