Issues

AFL-CIO Launches National Petition Vs. Deporting Undocumented People

Fed up with congressional refusal to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, the AFL-CIO launched a national petition campaign to demand Democratic President Barack Obama take administrative action to remove the threat of deportation hanging over 11 million people.

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Union Leaders to Lawmakers: Pass Permanent Highway-Mass Transit Bill, Not Just Short-Term Fix

Construction and transportation union leaders thanked lawmakers for approving legislation to keep the highway-mass transit trust fund – and job-creating road repair projects and bus and subway improvements – going. But they also again demanded Congress stop delaying and approve a permanent highway-mass transit measure.

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Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Drive Collects $72.5 Million Pounds of Food

WASHINGTON (PAI)–The Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive – the biggest such 1-day drive in the U.S. – collected 72.5 million pounds of food on May 10, the union said in late June.  The cumulative total in 23 years is now over 1.3 billion pounds.               The food, which NALC members picked up while delivering the mail, or which [...]

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Senate Tax Panel Leaders Craft Bipartisan Highway-Mass Transit Bill

 WASHINGTON (PAI)–Leaders of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, which would decide whether to raise the federal gas tax for the first time in two decades to help pay for the nation’s roads, buses and subways, drafted a bipartisan temporary highway-mass transit bill on July 10.  But they kept the gas tax, for cars at least, at 18.4 cents a gallon.   [...]

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AFL-CIO Housing Trust Invests in $56.8 Million Cancer Center in Camden, N.J.

CAMDEN, N.J. (PAI)–Camden, N.J., is probably not the first place investors would normally consider for financing a new, multi-million dollar building project, especially a state-of-the-art cancer center. The city had the highest crime rate in the U.S. in 2012 and one of the lowest high school graduation rates. Poverty is widespread, and well-paying jobs are rare.               The AFL-CIO’s Housing [...]

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AFSCME, New NYC Mayor Reach Pact Covering 121,000 City Workers

 NEW YORK (PAI)–After working for more than four years under an expired contract, New York City’s largest municipal union, AFSCME District Council 37, reached a new 7-year 4-month contract covering 121,000 workers, the council’s executive director and the city’s new mayor announced.             The DC37 delegate assembly ratified the pact on July 8.  It now goes to the union’s members, with mail [...]

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AFT Local Battles Missouri Anti-Teacher Tenure Initiative

By Sheri Gassaway The St. Louis Labor Tribune and Press Associates               ST. LOUIS (PAI)–American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 420 President Mary Armstrong opposes a proposed Missouri statewide ballot initiative that would limit teacher tenure and base personnel decisions primarily on student performance standards.               “It would be a setback and would have an adverse impact on current educators and those [...]

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Lawmakers, Pride at Work to Show Obama Trade Rep: Enforceable Worker Rights Must Be in Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Text

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Top House Democrats and Pride at Work, the AFL-CIO’s constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, are again demanding that Obama administration U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to insure enforceable worker rights are in the text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.             And that’s especially important, Pride at Work representative Jerame Davis said on July [...]

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New Contract to Give Low-Paid Johns Hopkins Workers Hefty Raises

BALTIMORE (PAI)–Some 2,000 low-paid workers – janitors, maintenance workers and technical workers – at one of the nation’s leading university hospital systems, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, will be in line for hefty raises under a new contract reached July 8.  Workers voted on the pact on July 10-11.  Union leaders recommended its approval.               The workers, represented by Service Employees 1199 United [...]

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Misclassification, Company Labor Law-Breaking Again Forces L.A.-Long Beach Port Truckers to Strike

LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH, Calif. (PAI)–Continuing company misclassification of truckers as “independent contractors” and a company’s retaliatory – and labor law-breaking – firing of drivers for their union activism again forced more than 120 short-haul “drayage” truckers at the nation’s biggest, busiest port, Los Angeles-Long Beach, to strike, on July 7. But unlike earlier 1-day or 2-day walkouts, this time the [...]

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