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The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Pay

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Lori J. Pelletier, the president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, raised eyebrows by organizing a picket line outside the state Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser last year to protest a Democratic governor and legislature for opting to lay off unionized state workers instead of raising taxes on the rich.

The General Assembly adjourned the regular 2017 legislative session sine die at midnight on Wednesday, June 7. A new state biennial budget was not adopted prior to adjournment, but Governor Malloy and legislative leaders continue negotiations and are expected to convene a special session once they reach agreement. The fiscal year ends June 30th.

Despite the contentiousness of the session, the labor movement was able to score a number of legislative victories for working people. Here is a round-up of our victories and losses:

Make your Memorial Day union-made in America!

In February, the graduate teachers voted to be represented by UNITE HERE. But Yale University has refused to negotiate with them. If they stall long enough, more appointees by President Donald Trump will be seated at the National Labor Relations Board. How quickly do you think those appointees would vote to roll back the rights of graduate workers?

This Saturday, May 13th, is the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

It’s the nation’s largest one-day food drive and we need your help to make it successful. You don’t even have to leave home to help out.

Just follow these two simple steps:

Economists from the non-partisan Center for Public Policy and Social Research released a report on Wednesday on Connecticut’s business tax advantages, economic strengths, and quality of life perceptions.