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Reject labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia

Union-busting lawyer brings decades of anti-worker experience as he seeks to become labor secretary   The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 18, 2019) — For your consideration, the AFL-CIO humbly presents Eugene Scalia. Go to and learn all you need to know about President Trump’s union-busting nominee for secretary of labor. […]

Without fixes, AFL-CIO must oppose the new NAFTA (USMCA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2019) — The following is a new statement approved Sept. 12 by the AFL-CIO Executive Council:   AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL STATEMENT ON TRADE When the new NAFTA was signed, the AFL-CIO warned that we would oppose the agreement without major changes. As we said in our March 2019 Executive Council statement, […]

Auto workers strike after years of GM’s record-level profits

The following is from the United Auto Workers (UAW): DETOIT (Sept. 16, 2019) — Local Union leaders from across the nation met Sunday morning after the 2015 General Motors collective bargaining agreement expired Saturday night and opted to strike at midnight on Sunday. The autoworkers are calling on the Big 3 automaker to recognize the […]

U.S. Representatives urge leaders: Stand up for federal employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 9, 2019) — The Trump administration has launched a coordinated effort to dismantle federal unions and undermine collective bargaining rights, proposing extreme changes to labor contracts under negotiation with each of the unions representing federal employees. The administration has sought to effectuate these extreme terms by bargaining in bad faith and then […]

Trump’s border-wall military cuts hit home at Naval Base Kitsap

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 5, 2019) — Members of Washington’s congressional delegation are decrying President Donald Trump’s decision to divert $3.6 billion in funding from more than 100 military construction projects, including one at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, to supplement the $1.4 billion Congress recently appropriated for the construction of his border wall along the […]

Employers are weaponizing ICE against immigrant workers

By SARAH TUCKER Special to The Stand (Aug. 27, 2019) — Unscrupulous employers are weaponizing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) against employees who stand up for themselves and their rights as working people in this country. We’ve seen it this month in Morton, Miss., where ICE detained nearly 700 people working at Koch Foods […]

Fired SC Boeing Machinists win legal battle

The following is from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 20, 2019) — Five instances of company discipline and unjust terminations of IAM members at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C. have been found to be acts of unlawful retaliation against employees for their support of […]

Save veteran construction training programs

The following is from the Union Veterans Council: (Aug. 19, 2019) — After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree or a future,” Attig said. That changed when he found a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the North […]

No vote on NAFTA ’til it’s fixed: Tuesday is National Call-In Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 25 years of NAFTA empowering corporations to undermine basic labor standards, attack environmental laws, and outsource more than 1 million U.S. jobs, the revised NAFTA 2.0 deal that Donald Trump signed in late 2018 is not the transformational replacement we need. In fact, in addition to failing to include strong labor […]

CEO pay is up more than 1000% since 1978

But the typical worker compensation has risen only 12% during that time   The following is from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 15, 2019) — CEO pay at the top 350 firms in 2018 was $17.2 million on average, according to new analysis by EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel and Research Assistant Julia Wolfe. […]


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