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AFL-CIO: Congress must pass Miners Pension Protection Act

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 30, 2019) — Murray Energy, the biggest privately owned coal company in the United States, has filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday. That makes Murray the 8th coal company to seek Chapter 11 protection this year alone. Critically for retired miners, as HuffPost reports, Murray Energy is the last large coal operator […]

GM strike goes on; UAW members will vote

UPDATE (Oct. 18, 2019) — The picket lines will remain in place at General Motors facilities after local leaders for the United Auto Workers voted to accept a tentative contract agreement with GM, but remain on strike until the deal is ratified by rank-and-file members. Here is the statement released Thursday by the UAW: Local […]

Trump order decried as ‘backdoor privatization’ of Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 4, 2019) — President Donald Trump unveiled a new executive order on Thursday that calls for expanding participation in private Medicare plans, known as Medicare Advantage, as an alternative to Democratic presidential candidates’ calls for “Medicare for All” policies. Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, issued this statement Thursday in response […]

Kaiser Permanente, union coalition reach tentative deal

The following is from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions: OAKLAND, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019) — Kaiser Permanente and more than 80,000 workers in the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions reached a tentative contract settlement early today that will revitalize the long-standing worker-management partnership and accomplish a set of goals to make sure Kaiser is […]

Sign open letter of support for UAW strikers at General Motors

DETROIT (Sept. 23, 2019) — One week ago today, more than 48,000 members of the United Auto Workers at nearly 70 General Motors facilities in 19 states went on strike. About 850 UAW janitors employed by Aramark in Michigan and Ohio GM facilities have also been on strike. These UAW members are standing up for […]

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 […]


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