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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the 5th Anniversary of Last Minimum Wage Increase

Today is a reminder of what is possible with just an ounce of political will.  If our leaders have the courage, they can lift millions of hardworking Americans out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. It’s a tragedy that workers have been trapped in a poverty-level minimum wage for five years. It must not go a day longer. We [...]

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Chicago School Board Apprives $5.8B Budget

While officials acknowledged the potential pitfalls of using a one-time accounting maneuver to cover a gaping deficit, Chicago’s Board of Education Wednesday unanimously approved a $5.8 billion operating budget and another $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments.

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Teachers Unions to Education Secretary Duncan: Leave!

LOS ANGELES–The American Federation of Teachers’ convention has a blunt message for Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan:  You flunk the test of helping the nation’s schools and kids, so leave. And they’re not the first to tell the former Chicago Public Schools CEO to go: Earlier in July, at its own convention in Denver, National Education Association delegates sent the [...]

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USW’s Gerard Takes Case Vs. Foreign Oil Pipe Dumping To Feds; Commerce Dept. Probes Dumped Chinese Tires

Saying foreign dumping of subsidized oil tubular pipe could cost jobs not just of Steel Workers but of other U.S. workers, too, Steel Workers President Leo Gerard urged federal officials to ratify proposed tariffs against the pipe imports from Korea and eight other nations.

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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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