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Raise nixed for lowest-paid federal workers

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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 […]

Congressional Republicans vote to protect wage thieves

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2014) –Washington’s Republican Congressional delegation voted last week to continue awarding federal contracts to unscrupulous employers that deny workers their legally earned pay. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Doc Hastings, Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris Rodgers all voted against a measure that would have discouraged the government from giving contracts to companies […]

AFL-CIO endorses Staples boycott over USPS privatization

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(June 2, 2014) – AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler sent the following memorandum last week to the federation’s affiliated international unions, state federations and central labor councils: As of May 29, 2014, the AFL-CIO has endorsed the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) boycott of Staples, Inc. and UNITE HERE’s boycott of the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel. […]

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