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AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to celebrate our heritage and the communities we have formed in the United States. Yet, far too many of our brothers and sisters remain behind bars.
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is asking everyone to show their support for postal workers and a vibrant, public U.S. Postal Service. In support of that goal, APWU is asking supporters to fill out an online postcard that they will print out and mail to Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
Former AFT President Sandra Feldman—described as part shop steward, part visionary—was inducted into Labor’s International Hall of Fame on May 21.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey held a press conference on Thursday to discuss the many negative consequences for communities and working families that will result if the president’s Fast Track trade negotiating power is renewed.
After more than 35 years writing for union newspapers, magazines, e-newsletters, fax alerts and blogs, and even sending out a few tweets and texts lately, this is my last—as we used to call it— story. I’m retiring from the AFL-CIO after 26 years.
In the latest video in his series on how to fix the economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argues that stronger unions are a critical component. Unions, Reich explains, are key to increasing stagnant wages and boosting a shrinking middle class.
It’s time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.
Michael Smith worked for 13 years as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point, Md., plant. But in 2012 the plant—then owned by R.G. Steel—was forced to shut its doors after a series of flawed trade deals and U.S. policy decisions allowed cheap, subsidized foreign steel to flood the market. Smith was among 2,500 United Steelworkers members who lost their jobs.
If you are organizing workers in California, it’s likely you are organizing immigrant workers. It’s also very likely the employer has threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the workers begin to assert their rights and talk about forming a union. Employers too often use the threat of deportation as a form of intimidation, harassment and retaliation against workers and their families. Nothing chills an organizing drive quicker than the threat of calling ICE; it can separate workers from their children, parents and spouses.
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