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Call U.S. Senate today: Reject this power grab

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2020) — The latest Senate Republican coronavirus response bill gives away $1.3 trillion in free money to corporations, ignores the health crisis, and does nothing to keep people working or help the unemployed. After its rejection on Sunday, negotiations are ongoing between the White House, […]

Virus outbreak decimating hospitality jobs

With up to 90% of members out of work, UNITE HERE calls for ‘bailout of the American worker’   NEW YORK CITY (March 20, 2020) — The leadership of UNITE HERE, America’s leading hospitality workers’ union, is calling on Congress to do more to step up for all workers in the face of the devastating […]

Local solidarity for copper workers on 5-month strike in Arizona

By JOHN MARTINEZ and BARBARA KLINE Special to The Stand (March 18, 2020) — More than 1,700 workers at the ASARCO copper facilities in Arizona and Texas have been on an unfair labor practice strike since Oct. 13, 2019, over wages, benefits and working conditions. The workers are represented by seven different unions, but they […]

Trump plan to cut payroll taxes is ‘an attack on Social Security’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2020) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, on President Donald Trump’s proposal to reduce payroll contributions: Donald Trump is using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to propose a reduction in payroll contributions. This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system, which will do nothing […]

AFL-CIO issues call to action on COVID-19; Call Congress now!

Demand that OSHA issue an emergency temporary standard for infectious diseases   WASHINGTON D.C. (March 9, 2020) — The following is an important Call to Action from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: In just a moment, I am going to ask you to call your representative. But first, I want to tell you what’s going on. […]

Murray introduces emergency paid sick leave legislation

The following is from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee: WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2020) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3rd), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Labor, introduced new, […]

AFL-CIO spotlights Black leaders, activists

For Black History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various African American leaders and activists who have worked at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Here is their latest profile, along with a look back at the AFL-CIO’s past profiles: Rev. George W. Lee — In 1955, the murder of Emmett Till shocked the United […]

Call Tuesday to support USPS Fairness Act

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, Feb. 25, postal workers and their supporters will be standing up (once again) for our public Postal Service. The AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council are calling on all to participate and protect America’s most cherished institution. TAKE A STAND! — The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly […]

AFGE urges Congress to protect Defense workers’ union rights

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 20, 2020) — The American Federation of Government Employees is urging members of Congress to protect the rights of Department of Defense workers to join a union after President Trump authorized DoD to end collective bargaining wherever it sees fit, citing […]

House passage of PRO Act hailed as ‘win for workers everywhere’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2020) –The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, comprehensive labor legislation would strengthen workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. The 224-193 vote was mostly along partisan lines with Washington Reps. Suzan […]

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