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AFL-CIO Remains Committed to Raising Wages, Better Trade Policy, Racial Justice and a Just Immigration System
The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued several important policy statements at its July meeting. In addition to discussing policy priorities, the council met with five 2016 presidential candidates.

07/31/2015

Union Leaders Press Clinton to Be Tough on Trade Deal
Leaders of the country's largest labor union federation, the AFL-CIO, pressed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday to demand greater protection for American workers in a planned Pacific Rim trade deal.

07/31/2015

US Wage Growth Falls to Record-Slow Pace in Q2
U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 27 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring hasn't boosted pay. The slowdown also reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay.

07/31/2015

Hillary Hints at Support for $12 Minimum Wage
Hillary Clinton hinted Thursday that she's supportive of legislation hiking the minimum wage to $12.

07/30/2015

Enviros, Unions Protest Pacific Trade Pact in Maui
About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. Protest organizers say the trade agreement would benefit a few major corporations while sacrificing protections for public health, the environment, local jobs and indigenous rights.

07/30/2015

Unions Can't Force State Workers to Pay Dues, Michigan Supreme Court Rules
The Michigan Supreme Court says state workers can’t be forced to pay labor unions for negotiating contracts and providing other services.

07/29/2015

Sanders Lobbies for A.F.L.-C.I.O. Endorsement
Sanders told reporters that he referenced new polling data from CNN that shows him comparing favorably in head-to-head matchups with several Republican candidates to demonstrate to the council that he is not only competitive but also electable.

07/29/2015

Matthews: AFL-CIO has a Perfect Champion. Is it Enough for an Endorsement?
“The AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting is this week, which means visits from presidential candidates: Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, and, of course, Hillary Clinton, who has a 1 pm with the union federation tomorrow,” writes Dylan Matthews in Vox. “There's also a sole Republican visitor: Mike Huckabee."

07/29/2015

Young People Have Always Been Poor, but Today's Young People are Poorer Than Most
In the last 25 years, the odds that an old person is a millionaire have improved slightly. But for young people, they have gotten much worse.

07/29/2015

Dem Leader Pelosi Backs $15 Minimum Wage
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is throwing her weight behind the $15 minimum wage, joining a growing chorus of liberals on and off Capitol Hill who support more than doubling the current $7.25 rate.

07/28/2015

$15 Minimum Wage Divides Dems
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is pushing to raise the federal wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, backed $15 per hour for New York fast-food workers on Friday but hasn’t specified a wage floor for the nation.

07/28/2015

UAW and Ford Begin Negotiations
UAW President Dennis Williams, and the UAW negotiating committee members, officially began 2015 contract negotiations with Ford Motor Co. on Thursday July 23rd at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit. The current four-year labor agreement expires on September 14 at midnight.

07/28/2015

ITUC: US Decision on People Trafficking in Malaysia 'Manipulated'
The unwarranted upgrade is presumed to be result of political interference by the administration to ensure that Malaysia remains eligible to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which has been under negotiation since 2008. The recently adopted Trade Promotion Authority provides that Tier 3 countries cannot be parties to trade agreements with the United States.

07/28/2015

Google Express Workers File for Representation by Teamsters Union
Teamsters Local Union 853 announced Monday that workers at Palo Alto-based Google Express Services filed for a representation election. The more than 140 warehouse and shipping workers sought out the Teamsters for help with improving working conditions, treatment on the job and compensation.

07/28/2015

‘Dark Cloud’ of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest
"Fighting to protect dark money," writes Deirdre Fulton on the Moyers & Co website. "Attacking federal efforts to rein in carbon pollution. Undermining local democracy."

07/27/2015

GOP Revives Bill on Union Organizing
Republicans are renewing their push for legislation they say would help prevent workers from being forced into union membership. The legislation would require a vote to keep the union in place once workplace turnover exceeds 50 percent, or else the union would automatically be disbanded.

07/27/2015

Why Union Leaders Want L.A. to Give Them a Minimum Wage Loophole
One of the most divisive issues that Los Angeles City Council members expect to confront when they return this week from a summer recess will be a proposal by labor leaders to exempt unionized workers from the city's new minimum wage.

07/27/2015

Issues Mount as Negotiators Gather to Wrap Up Trans-Pacific Trade Pact
The top trade negotiators of the United States and 11 other Pacific nations are gathering this week at a luxury resort in Maui for one last push to complete the largest regional trade accord in history, roping together 40 percent of the world’s economic output.

07/27/2015

Left Gathers Forces for Final Push Against TPP
Opponents of President Obama's trade agenda believe they can marshall their forces to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even as the finish line for the controversial agreement comes into view.

07/26/2015

IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality
The notion that unionization and higher wages decrease income inequality is a fundamental premise of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center and our allies. But now a surprising source has reached the same conclusion: the International Monetary Fund.

07/26/2015

Higher Wages, Great! But How to Enforce?
Sensing the possibility of a hollow victory, labor advocates have begun to make wage enforcement a central part of their campaign: no longer just “raise the wage” but “raise and enforce the wage.”

07/26/2015

Businesses are Getting Steamrolled on the Minimum Wage. Here’s Why.
In the weeks leading up to the New York Wage Board’s recommendation on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 across the state, 35-year Burger King franchisee David Sutz had an unfamiliar feeling: Helplessness.

07/25/2015

'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate Lovefest
Fighting to protect dark money. Attacking federal efforts to rein in carbon pollution. Undermining local democracy. These are just some of the "hot topics" on the agenda this week as conservative lawmakers, corporate lobbyists, and top GOP candidates from around the country gather in San Diego for the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting.

07/25/2015

Sanders' National Favorability Doubles as Clinton Lead Slides
Under the headline, 'Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags,' Gallup on Friday released new survey data showing that the two-leading Democratic nominees are currently heading in opposite directions when it comes to favorability ratings among likely U.S. voters with the grassroots populism of the Sanders' campaign outshining the strong name recognition and more centrist policies of Clinton.

07/25/2015

California Nurses Association Wins Organizing Vote at Big Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles
The Oakland-based California Nurses Association won a big union-organizing vote Thursday night at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center, according to the union. The tally was 696 votes for CNA and 305 votes for a rival union, United Nurses Associations of California.

07/25/2015

AFL-CIO: It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage was Last Increased
The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. A worker with a full-time minimum wage job earns just $14,500 annually -- a salary that would put a single parent of two children below the poverty line. It is past time to raise the minimum wage to a level that provides working people with economic stability, instead of trapping them in poverty.

07/25/2015

Hillary Clinton to Back $15 Fast-Food Minimum Wage in New York
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday was expected use a speech focused on growing the economy to endorse a $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal for fast-food workers recommended by a New York panel, a person briefed on her plans said.

07/25/2015

Judge Says 2014 Chicago Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional
A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases.

07/25/2015

AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement of Clinton as 2016 Presidential Candidate
In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO’s political committee has recommended the nation’s largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages.

07/25/2015

Trumka Praises Bikel's Passion and Dedication
"Theo’s passion on-stage was matched only by his passion for working people behind the scenes," wrote AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in the blog Now.

07/24/2015

Unionized Border Agents Pull Out of Trump Events Ahead of Contentious Visit
A local border patrol union pulled out of events involving Donald Trump on Thursday as the Republican presidential contender charged ahead with his visit at the Mexican border to highlight his hardline stance on illegal immigration.

07/24/2015

Labor Rally Sends ALEC Conference into Lockdown Mode
An estimated 2,500 protestors, carrying placards declaring California to be an “ALEC-Free Zone,” gathered around 1 p.m. in Embarcadero Marina Park to hear a series of speakers lambasting the secretive, rightwing meeting happening inside the Hyatt.

07/24/2015

Conservative ALEC Conference Opens In San Diego Amid Protests
More than 1,000 people, from organized labor to environmentalists, protested the conference on Wednesday. The protest also attracted elected leaders.

07/24/2015

Milbank: Why Scott Walker is So Dangerous
“'First off,' Scott Walker proclaimed, 'we took on the unions, and we won. We won!'” writes Dana Milbank in The Washington Post.

07/23/2015

Obama Met with Autoworkers Union Chief, Labor Leaders
U.S. President Barack Obama met with the head of the nation's autoworkers union and other labor leaders last week to discuss a "wide range of issues," according to the White House.

07/23/2015

Port Truckers Strike Again Over Wage Theft Claims
Truckers at California’s Pacific 9 have begun what the Teamsters have described as an “indefinite strike,” aiming to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors.

07/23/2015

Push to Lift Hourly Pay is Now Serious Business
It started in New York City as what seemed a quixotic drive confined to fast-food workers. But the movement to raise the hourly minimum wage took root in other parts of the country, and is emerging as a significant, and divisive, element in the presidential campaign.

07/23/2015

O'Leary: Trump’s Immigrant-Bashing Omits that Business Owners Like Him are to Blame
"Donald Trump is wrong to blame immigrants for the nation’s woes," writes Anna O'Leary in The Hill.

07/23/2015

Applications for US Unemployment Aid Plummet to 42-Year Low
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly 42 years, evidence of a strong job market. Yet the drop also reflects seasonal volatility in the data. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 1973.

07/23/2015

Southern California Port Truckers Strike
Contract drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation trucking company went on strike today at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex to protest what they call hiring practices that cheat them out of their full pay.

07/22/2015

Bernie Sanders Proposes $15 Federal Minimum Wage
Speaking before hundreds of striking federal contract workers outside the Capitol, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled legislation Wednesday that would raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour.

07/22/2015

New York Mandates $15 Minimum Wage in Fast Food
The labor protest movement that fast-food workers in New York City set off nearly four years ago has led to higher wages for workers all over the country. On Wednesday, it finally paid off for the people who started it. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to raise the county’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, matching a move the Los Angeles City Council made in June.

07/22/2015

University of California Sets New Minimum Wage
The University of California is raising the minimum wage for its employees and contract workers to $15 an hour by fall 2017.

07/22/2015

Stephen Curry Said LeBron James was "Very Vocal" in NBA Players' Union Meeting
Either side can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement, and the players have their eye on pulling in a larger share of the $24 billion a nine-year TV deal will pump into the league beginning in 2016.

07/22/2015

Toyota Delays Move to Build Lexus in China
Toyota Motor Corp will likely delay building its premium Lexus brand in China for at least a few years, as growth in China's auto market slows to a crawl and a weak yen makes it cheaper to keep making cars in Japan.

07/22/2015

National Push for $15 Minimum Wage Hits Home for U.S. Senate Workers
The national campaign for higher wages and better benefit -- reflected in the “Fight for $15” backed by the Service Employees International Union -- has landed squarely on Capitol Hill as the 2016 presidential race spins up.

07/21/2015

Women Earn 81.9 Cents for Every Dollar a Man Earns
Labor Department data out Tuesday showed the pay gap between men and women little changed, and perhaps even taking a step back. Full-time women workers earned almost 84 cents for every dollar a man earned in the second quarter of 2014.

07/21/2015

Los Angeles County Pushes $15 Minimum Wage
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 to direct county lawyers to draft a proposed law that would gradually increase the base hourly wage for some workers to $15 by 2020. The city of Los Angeles took the step last month. Seattle and San Francisco are also gradually raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour.

07/21/2015

Labor, Employers Join in Opposition to Cadillac Tax
The Cadillac tax applies to an individual policy costing more than $10,200 a year and a family policy over $27,500. The tax goes into effect in 2018. Because of the way the tax calculates the cost of coverage, employers are also splitting off their dental and vision plans and separating coverage of early retirees from active employees to lower the dollar amount counted.

07/21/2015

Trumka: Pacific Partnership Needs Reform Before It Will Help Workers
"The debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has just begun and workers in dozens of industries from every sector are going to have plenty to say about it," writes Richard Trumka in USA Today.

07/21/2015


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