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Workers Bring Their Voices to the White House

The first-ever White House Summit on Worker Voice was held this week—“to explore ways to ensure that middle-class Americans are sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth they are helping to create.” Yes, all working people need a voice on the job. 

Working Families Tell German Chancellor to End T-Mobile Gag Order

This week, the AFL-CIO, the National Women's Law Center and other groups sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel urging the German government to end a gag order that restricts T-Mobile workers' ability to speak up in response to sexual harassment and other discrimination. Read the text of the letter below.

No PR Campaign Will Save Walmart from Being 'Exhibit A' of Bad Worker Policies

Americans are increasingly fed up with an economy that rewards wealth over work, a message that’s made it all the way to the top. That’s why when the White House hosted a Summit on Worker Voice on Wednesday to highlight the power of working people standing together to demand better jobs and better lives, one notable corporation had been excluded—Walmart.

Trumka: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Bad Deal for American Workers

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote an op-ed about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Time. Here is an excerpt.

The Republican Dilemma

The American public is fed up with Washington politics as usual. It is showing in the strength of the “outsider” candidates on both the Republican and Democratic side of the presidential race so far. But the Republicans are faced with a steeper challenge, because this disaffection is deeply rooted in the stagnant wages and incomes of Americans.

So Now the TPP Is Just a Massive Tax Cut? Hardly...

The latest sales pitch on the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is a massive tax cut, with 18,000 tariffs (taxes on individual products from the United States to other countries) being eliminated. While 18,000 tax cuts sounds great in a vacuum, it’s not the whole story. Here are some things you should know as you evaluate this latest claim.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the loss of the El Faro Mariners

We are deeply saddened by the loss of 28 of our brothers and sisters aboard the cargo ship El Faro. These brave men and women left an incredible mark on their communities, both on land and at sea via their hard work and steadfast commitment to the maritime trade.

South Carolina Storm Assistance from Union Plus

Union members living in areas impacted by the recent devastating rains and flooding in South Carolina who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance. At least 19 people were killed as a result of the storms, which brought historic rainfall.

Watch the White House Summit on Worker Voice Live Today

Today is the day for the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, you can watch the summit live right here. The summit is designed to bring together working people, labor leaders, advocates, employers, members of Congress, state and local officials and others to explore ways to make sure that working people are sharing in the benefits of economic growth and have access to a voice on the job.

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Julie Gonzales

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of Hispanics, Latinos and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Julie Gonzales.

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