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McCain’s job-killing plan to repeal Jones Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 26, 2015) — While many lawmakers are focusing on creating, maintaining and even bringing back jobs to the United States, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is pushing legislation that threatens 400,000 U.S. shipbuilding, seafaring and supply chain jobs in the maritime industry. McCain has offered an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill […]

Keep calling Congress, urging them to ‘Say NO to Fast Track’


UPDATE — This important effort has been extended to urge folks to continue calling. Thank you to all who have already called — and those of you who are about to — for making your voices heard! (Jan. 21, 2015) — Add your voice to the many thousands of Americans who are calling today to […]

Obama’s State of the Union was ‘right message at right time’


(Jan. 21, 2015) — Following are statements by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson regarding President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. RICHARD TRUMKA: “The president’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access […]

Wednesday will be National “No Fast Track” Call-In Day


(Jan. 20, 2015) — As you read this, the White House has launched a full-court press to pressure democrats in Congress to support “fast track” legislation that would speed approval of major trade agreements — which have been negotiated in secret — without Congressional debate and amendment. That’s why everyone who opposes trade deals that […]

Shippers admit West Coast port congestion not workers’ fault


The following is from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union: SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 13, 2015) — In contract negotiations Monday afternoon, officials from the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) told a federal mediator and longshore negotiators that West Coast ports have reached a point where there is little space available for additional import containers arriving on […]

GOP move jeopardizes health care for 1 million Americans


WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2015) — Some 1 million workers could lose their employer-provided health insurance under a Republican bill (H.R. 30) that passed Thursday to redefine a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to jeopardizing health care coverage for those workers, the bill also would add some $53.2 billion to the federal deficit […]

3 Wash. Dems side with GOP in effort to relax Wall St. reforms


By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 8, 2015) — On the second day of Congress’s new session, Republicans who have strengthened their control the U.S. House of Representatives lost a bid to quickly pass legislation that would relax requirements under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act approved in the wake […]

Watch the AFL-CIO’s Raising Wages Summit in D.C.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 7, 2015) — Today, the AFL-CIO is sponsoring a National Summit on Raising Wages with a broad range of speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and actress Piper Perabo, among many others. Panelists will discuss the need to raise wages for working people in America. Watch the summit via live stream: […]

U.S. Postal Service delivery, service cutbacks ‘an outrage’


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Jan. 6, 2015) — The U.S. Postal Service reduced delivery standards Monday and began a process that will slow first-class mail delivery. As The Nation’s John Nichols writes, the service cutbacks come on the heels of record-breaking and successful holiday deliveries of 15.5 billion packages, letters and parcels by postal […]

New rule intends to reduce delays to union elections


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take […]


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