AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ domestic policy committee, wrote the following Op-Ed, which appeared in the Sacramento Bee last week. Unions and Catholic leaders have long found common cause in advocating for policies that defend the dignity of workers and protect immigrant families. Over the past several years, we have worked together to win congressional approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Although such legislation has passed the U.S. Senate in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives is now delaying consideration of either the Senate bill or its own version of reform. Read more >>>
As we reflect on the actions all over the country by Walmart associates on Black Friday and consider the fact that people are working harder than ever and are still losing economic ground, we're reminded that the federal minimum wage is not enough. In a joint Op-Ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and National Employment Law Project Executive Director Christine Owens remind us that in the past 15 years, all wage increases have gone to the wealthiest 10%. Read more >>>
Living United in the Big O
An Omaha, Neb., nonprofit community engagement center that provides emergency and preventive services for local poor children and adults had a dream. The group, called inCOMMON Community Development, wanted a location in Omaha’s Park Avenue neighborhood, where nearly half the children live in poverty—and found a building that could be an ideal community resource center. But the place was old and dilapidated and needed a lot of TLC. Read more>>
Three Bed, Two Bath, Closing Costs Included
When Ben Hankins was looking to sell his house in St. Louis and find a new-construction home in the city, he wanted more out of the experience than an economic transaction. He did his research and found McBride and Son Homes, an employee-owned company that gives back to the community and builds its homes while building good jobs for skilled local union workers. Read more>>
Twenty-four women from the Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) Air Transport Division took a break from their three-day conference in Fort Worth, Texas, to build a home with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that allows deserving families to build a home alongside volunteers. Read more >>>
In Loving Memory of Billy Jack Tindle
Attention all Navy Vets. You may be entitled to cash!! Did you serve prior to 1982? Read more >>>
The 2013 Legislative Session has ended. We now have to turn our focus the 2014 Election Season. It is important for us to begin building the necessary relationships within our community to make the Labor community stronger. CLCs, Locals, and union members must have a focused goal of electing Labor-friendly candidates at all levels of government. We have to expand our vision from the statehouse to city halls and courthouses. It is only with a coordinated push that we will be able to positively affect upcoming elections. Read more >>>
In another blow to the nation's dwindling labor unions, an appeals court on Tuesday struck down a federal rule that would have required millions of businesses to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the National Labor Relations Board violated employers' free speech rights in in trying to force them to display the posters or face charges of committing an unfair labor practice.Read more >>>
Stock markets and corporate profits are breaking records. The economy suddenly looks brighter after the government's surprising report Friday that employers added 635,000 jobs the past three months. Read more >>>
We had a great turnout for this year's Roadkill BBQ. We had more locals participate this year than any year in recent memory. A special thanks to Congresswoman Terri Sewell for attending the BBQ this year and for work she does for the middle class of Alabama. Read more >>>
Alabama AFL-CIO Letter of Support for the United Way.
It's looking increasingly like the government is about to impose on itself $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts. So as part of its strategy to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect, the White House released new reports on Sunday that outline the ugly effects those cuts would have in individual states. Read more >>>
Below is contact info for Alabama's Congressional delegation. Read more >>>
CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks
The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the size of the deficit they now want closed. Read more >>>
The White House and congressional Democrats are balking at the idea, floated by House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, that changes to the president's signature health care law should be on the table during lame-duck talks over taxes and the deficit. Read more >>>
WASHINGTON—The fiscal cliff would drive the U.S. economy back into recession next year and result in a jump in the jobless rate to 9.1% by the end of 2013, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office said. Read more >>>
WASHINGTON -- Digging in for the looming battle over deficit-reduction, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will make organized labor's case Thursday against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, declaring the doomsday debt talk in Washington a "manufactured crisis."
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