Issues

AFL-CIO Pledges to Bridge Racial Divisions

WASHINGTON—Lately, the AFL-CIO has increased its efforts to eliminate racial strife within its community. Earlier this week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a moving speech to inspire meaningful dialogue that encourages solidarity and brotherhood throughout all unions and beyond. President Trumka began his speech condemning the hateful rhetoric of republican frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The AFL-CIO does not [...]

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Thousands of Verizon Workers Go on Strike Nationwide

Conversations between Verizon and its workers that have been going on for the last ten months recently came to a boiling point. Workers threatened to take down the company if an agreement was not reached, and on Wednesday, April 13 they began their strike at 6 AM. Almost 40,000 Verizon employees did not clock into work that morning, working towards [...]

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Workers Stage Another Fight for $15 Rally

Low-paid workers across the nation organized another 1-day walkout demanding “$15 and a union” on April 14. Hundreds of thousands of fast food workers, retail workers, adjunct professors, health care workers and others participated in the protests in 320 cities. The protests – especially against McDonald’s – spread to the Philippines and Brazil. The protests called attention to the fact [...]

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AFL-CIO Supports Verizon Workers in Strike over Bad Faith Negotiations

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Verizon Workers Strike: The AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers fighting for a fair contract. The 39,000 working people who went on strike this morning at Verizon deserve a fair contract that provides stability and acceptable working conditions. Verizon made $39 [...]

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Cincinnati Council Passes New Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance

CINCINNATI — Workers in Cincinnati now have additional protections from various forms of wage theft. The city council passed an ordinance to enhance Ohio’s existing wage theft laws. Under the new law, if the city or another agency determines a company committed wage theft, city officials have the ability to return the money illegally withheld from an employee, and the [...]

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NY Raises Minimum Wage to $15/hr. & 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave

ALBANY, N.Y. —The New York legislature raised the state’s minimum wage for many workers in the city to $15 an hour by the end of 2018. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the law on April 4. As part of the state budget, it also includes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, the most-generous such law in the U.S., [...]

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Ex-CEO Faces Max Jail Time for Mine Explosion & Worker Deaths

CHARLESTON, W. VA  — In the six years since the fatal Upper Big Branch mine explosion, prosecutors have attempted to make Don Blakenship accountable for his actions. Currently, the federal government is trying to make Blankenship serve a maximum sentence and pay the maximum amount allowed in fines due to his role in the West Virginia mine explosion. In January [...]

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California $15 Minimum Wage Law Passes

SACRAMENTO—Unionists and low-paid workers in California won big on March 30 as the state legislature, on party-line votes – Democrats for, GOP against — raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 hourly by 2022. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the law on April 4.   The new law may make a referendum to raise the wage at an even faster [...]

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NYS Recovers Millions in Fraudulent Paid Unemployment Claims

NEW YORK—As the first quarter of 2016 ends, many institutions are releasing their banking statements. Just in the first four months alone, New York had reclaimed $1.35 million worth of illegally obtained insurance benefits in a special investigation by the New York State Department of Labor. The $1.35 million is the most ever recovered in a single quarter. This follows [...]

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NYSNA Fights for a Fair Contract

ALBANY, NY– Hospitals should never be unprepared. This possibility is inching closer each day across New York, and nurses are afraid. Their jobs are to save lives. They cannot do this while understaffed and in poor working conditions. Recently, members of the New York Nurses Association from three different state hospitals came together to fight for a fair contract. The [...]

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