The Stand

Survey: 78% of Kroger workers are food insecure

Multi-state survey of 36,000, including Fred Meyers and QFC working in Washington, finds 14% were homeless in the past year   LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2022) — The Economic Roundtable this week released an independent research report, Hungry at the Table, analyzing the working and living conditions of over 36,000 Kroger workers in four states, […]

We must Sideline the Filibuster to protect our right to vote

Please take action TODAY by signing petition, calling senators   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 12, 2022) —  American democracy is under threat today. To save it, we need real democracy in the U.S. Senate. So the AFL-CIO and America’s labor movement are calling on all U.S. Senators to sideline the filibuster and protect our right to […]

‘Democracy is fragile and must be protected’

On anniversary of violent Jan. 6 insurrection, AFL-CIO’s Shuler urges passage of voting rights legislation   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 6, 2022) — One year ago today, supporters of President Donald Trump attempted to stop final recognition of the election of President Joe Biden. The mob burst through barricades, assaulted police officers, smashed doors and windows […]

Unions boost our communities, democracy

New EPI report finds strong union states like Washington have more equitable economic, social structures   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 17, 2021) — A new report from the Economic Policy Institute documents the correlation between higher levels of unionization and a range of economic, personal, and democratic well-being measures. In the same way unions give workers […]

Tell Murray, Cantwell to finish the job, pass Build Back Better

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 7, 2021) — Washington state is fortunate to have two U.S. Senators who strongly support investing in jobs, families and communities in our state. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell demonstrated that commitment when they voted for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, a transformative investment in roads, bridges, transit, rail, climate change […]

Here’s how to support the Kellogg’s strikers

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Nov. 30, 2021) — On Oct. 5, some 1,400 members of the BCTGM International Union at Kellogg’s cereal plants in Battle Creek, Mich. (Local 3G), Omaha, Neb. (Local 50G), Lancaster, Pa. (Local 374G) and Memphis, Tenn. (Local 252G) took a stand on the future of their workforce by going on strike. In […]

Build Back Better bill passes U.S. House

AFL-CIO’s Liz Shuler calls it ‘one of the most transformative investments in our country’s history’   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2021) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill, a $1.75 trillion package of working family-friendly policies that include free preschool, lower prescription drug costs, new […]

A historic investment in infrastructure, jobs

Iron Workers Local 86’s Heather Kurtenbach introduces Biden at bill signing   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2021) — The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a monumental political and legislative accomplishment, was signed into law Monday by President Joe Biden. This $1.2 trillion investment in America’s infrastructure after decades of decline is being celebrated by America’s […]

IATSE members ratify contracts that boost wages, conditions

Contracts address quality-of-life issues such as rest and meal breaks, boost revenues from streaming, include raises for all members, and lift those at the bottom to a living wage   The following is from IATSE: LOS ANGELES (Nov. 16, 2021) — Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and […]

Sen. Murray: Build Back Better will cut child care costs in half

It’s one of the reasons the AFL-CIO urges you to call Congress in support of #BuildBackBetter   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 10, 2021) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a former preschool teacher, has announced her strong support for the life-changing investments in child care and pre-K that drastically cut child care costs for Washington state […]

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