AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories
Happy holidays from the AFL-CIO, America's unions. In case you missed it, there were a lot of great videos and stories this year about the importance of raising wages, collective action, unions and economic and social justice.
Check out some of these stories on Upworthy's Workonomics channel.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver the keynote address during the first National Summit on Wages Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C. The summit—sponsored by the AFL-CIO—will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the United States.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance kicks off the seventh season of its award-winning TV series, “Brotherhood Outdoors,” with Missouri sheet metal worker Dan Riegler’s Idaho elk and mule deer hunt. The show airs Sunday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. on the Sportsman Channel.
Two labor legislators in New Jersey have shepherded a package of “Buy American” bills through the state legislature. The bills were approved by the state Assembly during the final voting session of 2014. The state Senate passed the jobs-creation package in June.
McDonald’s and several of its franchisees have retaliated against workers who have taken part in the series of fast-food worker protests, according to complaints filed Friday by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel.
As working families across the country fight to raise the minimum wage, it's important to keep in mind the history of the wage. This entertaining video, created by the people at Time magazine, gives a pretty good overview and makes it clear the minimum wage is worth a lot less now than it used to be.
It was the night before Christmas in 1913 in Calumet, Mich., and disaster was about to hit for the 7,000 miners and their families who had been on strike against the C&H Copper Mining Co. since July.
Yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s own Thea Lee joined AARP, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam America and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in urging President Obama to fix proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade and economic governance deal currently under negotiation—that could leave us all paying more for life-saving prescription medicines.
Yesterday, five members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (Reps. Bill Pascrell, Lloyd Doggett, John Lewis, Linda Sánchez and Jim McDermott) stood up for working people by opposing the destructive “corporate courts” in the proposed trade and economic deal with Europe known as the “TTIP.”
The United Steelworkers (USW) extended a warm welcome to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers of Mexico (Los Mineros), as he visited Pittsburgh last week.
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