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Rep. Pramila Jayapal defends unions amid Janus attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2018) — Last Friday on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7th) delivered a passionate defense of organized labor, collective bargaining, and the societal benefits of strong unions in the context of the Supreme Court’s impending Janus decision. It’s a must-see. In social democracies where unions and public education are […]

Trump moves to silence federal employees

WASHINGON, D.C. (May 29, 2018) — In a classic pre-holiday Friday news dump, President Trump signed three executive orders late Friday undermining the rights of civil service workers by making it easier to fire federal employees, curtailing time they can be paid for union work, and directing federal agencies to negotiate tougher union contracts. Here […]

Call Senators: Urge ‘NO!’ vote on VA privatization bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2018) — The U.S. Senate will vote this week on the VA Mission Act (S. 2372), a bill designed to dismantle and privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs. TAKE A STAND — This vote could come as soon as TODAY! So please call both of your U.S. Senators NOW at 833-480-1637 and tell […]

Farm bill cutting food assistance FAILS; state’s GOP reps vote yes

UPDATE (May 18, 2018) from the Washington Post — In blow to GOP, House fails to pass massive farm bill in face of conservative Republican showdown — A sweeping farm bill failed in the House on Friday in a blow to GOP leaders who were unable to placate conservative lawmakers demanding commitments on immigration. The House leadership put […]

As Janus ruling looms, AFL-CIO launches ‘Freedom to Join’ site

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2018) — The U.S. Supreme Court will make a decision in the coming weeks whether or not to undermine the freedom of millions of teachers, nurses and other public workers to have strong unions. On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO launched a new website,, that provides critical information about […]

Register for National Single Payer Strategy Conference June 22-24

MINNEAPOLIS — Registration is now open for the National Single Payer Strategy Conference in Minneapolis on June 22 through 24. The theme of this year’s conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Labor Campaign for Single Payer and Healthcare NOW, is “Building a Pathway to Victory.” Participants will be help shape the launch of a national campaign […]

Tell feds NO to driverless trains; deadline for comments May 7

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 3, 2018) — What do you think of a 10,000-ton train going through your community with no conductor aboard? No conductors, no engineers, no crews at all. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is currently taking public comment — until Monday, May 7 — on what “autonomous trains” might mean for public safety and […]

Letter Carriers ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is May 12

  For the 26th year in a row, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be conducting its “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Every year on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers, in addition to their regular workload, collect food from people in more than 10,000 cities across the country. Each year, it […]

Will Republicans oppose effort to restore overtime pay?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2018) — When President Donald Trump abandoned the Department of Labor’s new overtime protections, he cost working people over $1 billion in annual wages. Now working families are standing up for a fair return on their work and fighting for the Restoring Overtime Pay Act, which would extend overtime pay protection to millions […]

Senate Dems block bill exempting tribal casinos from labor law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) — A bill to deny labor rights to employees of casinos and other enterprises on tribal trust land failed Monday in the U.S. Senate when a package of bills containing the measure fell five votes short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster. Both Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) […]


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