Calling all working women!
Share your thoughts on what issues matter most to you in the workplace.Read more >>>
100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice
One hundred immigrant women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement joined them. Read the full article>>>
The Union Edge is the only nationally syndicated labor talk radio program, currently on 27 different radio stations across the country. Since 2008, The Union Edge has led robust but respectful discussions on issues that affect working and middle class families – education, voting, healthcare, employment rights, community activism and more.
Visit labor's talk radio station at www.theunionedge.com to listen live!Read more >>>
The Labor of Love Backpack Program was started two years ago by the John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency to help provide needed food to school children throughout the State of Connecticut who face food insecurity.
Many of our state's hungriest citizens are children who have no ability to gain access to needed food on their own.Read more >>>
The Connecticut AFL-CIO building in Rocky Hill has been rededicated in honor of John W. Olsen, the recent past president who served as the head of the state federation for 25 years. Read more >>>
Last week, Congressman Jim Himes publicly declared his support for Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track, and then accepted an invitation to join the President on Air Force One this past weekend as he traveled to the G7 Summit in Germany.
After learning about Himes’ trip to Europe, the Connecticut AFL-CIO called on the Congressman to instead tour the abandoned factories in his district.
“Instead of flying with the President to the Bavarian Alps, we wish Congressman Himes took a tour of the abandoned factories in Bridgeport to witness the devastation these trade deals have wrought on his district,” said Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
With Himes out of the country, the state AFL-CIO decided to assist the Congressman by recording a short video that shows the damage done to the 4th Congressional District by previous trade deals:Read more >>>
While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>
Working CT is the newest addition to the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s digital platform. On here, we will blog about elections, the legislative session, organizing drives, and issues important to workers across our great state.
Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income
Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.Read more >>>
It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>
When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>
The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Postal Workers’ boycott of the office supply giant Staples over the U.S. Postal Service’s privatization of retail operations by contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees. Read more >>>
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