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Congress, Biden approve railroad settlement

Republicans block paid sick leave measure, but AFL-CIO vows the fight isn’t over   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 2, 2022) — The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a House-approved bill to bind railroad workers and companies to a proposed contract settlement reached in September with assistance from President Biden’s administration. However, the Senate failed to pass […]

AFL-CIO urges Congress to pass paid sick days for rail workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2022) — The following statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler was issued Wednesday on developments regarding rail worker negotiations: “Rail workers are an integral part of the supply chain that makes America’s economy run. As essential workers, they showed up day in and day out through the pandemic to keep our […]

Celebrate AFL-CIO’s Buy Union Week on Nov. 25 through Dec. 4

The following is from the Union Labor & Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO: The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union” week to encourage all union members to look for union-made goods and services when they buy for the Holiday Season. This year, Buy Union Week is November 25-December […]

Shuler: Labor’s historic political effort paid off, will continue

AFL-CIO commits to strengthening organizing wave that is reshaping America   The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON D.C. (Nov. 9, 2022) — AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler released the following statement Wednesday morning on the 2022 midterm elections: While it may be days or weeks until every vote is counted and we know the full […]

CEO-to-worker pay ratio hits all-time high

Report: CEO pay up another 11% in 2021, now 399 times that of typical worker   The following is from the Economic Policy Institute: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 5, 2022) — CEO pay, including stock awards and options, is up 11.1% since 2020 and 1,460% since 1978, a new EPI analysis finds. This increase was not […]

Jayapal joins lawmakers urging Starbucks against union-busting

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 4, 2022) — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash., 7th) joined more than 30 members of Congress on Monday in signing a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz requesting a fair bargaining process for all Starbucks employees and expressing “great concern” about National Labor Relations Board charges that Starbucks is withholding pay and benefit […]

EPI: Raise the minimum wage to protect low-wage workers

To keep inflation in check, restrain corporate profits, not the wages of America’s lowest paid workers   The following is from the Economic Policy Institute. NOTE: In Washington state, voters have required the state minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation. The state will soon announce the minimum wage for 2023. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 26, […]

AFL-CIO launches ‘largest organizing drive in history’ to mobilize workers for elections

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 2, 2022) — The AFL-CIO today kicked off a massive voter mobilization to elect pro-worker candidates in November, aiming to empower working people to make the difference in scores of close races around the country. The 2022 mobilization kicks into high gear at a time when […]

Murray works to help Hanford workers exposed to beryllium

PASCO, Wash. (Aug. 25, 2022) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced new legislation Wednesday that would expand access to benefits for more past and current workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation who are exposed to beryllium but unable to access care due to outdated federal laws that place overly burdensome requirements around proof of […]

Inflation Reduction Act ‘will transform lives’

UPDATE (Aug. 12, 2022) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, advancing the sweeping legislation to reduce healthcare and energy costs to President Biden’s desk for signature. It passed 220-207 with all Democratic representatives voting “yes” and all Republicans voting “no.” Today’s House passage of the #InflationReductionAct is a […]

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