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Recent News Stories

AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories

Possible Justice for Rana Plaza? Winners and Losers of the Week

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.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration

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.

Stand with Postal Workers and Tell the Postmaster General to Do the Same

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 Feldman Inducted into Labor Hall of Fame

Former AFT President Sandra Feldman—described as part shop steward, part visionary—was inducted into Labor’s International Hall of Fame on May 21.

N.J. State AFL-CIO, Rep. Pascrell, Union Leaders Discuss the Negative Consequences of a Fast Track Trade Deal

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.

Time to Say Goodbye

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.

Reich: Want to Fix the Economy? Strengthen Unions

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.

In the States Roundup

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.

TAA Works—Just Ask Michael Smith

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. 

 

Building Immigrant Worker Power

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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