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It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is still proud of himself for declaring holy war against Dairy State public employee unions, might be thinking about tossing his hat in the ring for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Because he seems to be at least mulling a “move up to the Oval Office, his undemocratic policies become an even greater threat to all American workers,” warns Joanne Ricca, who recently retired as Wisconsin State AFL-CIO legislative and research director.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) holds “ministerial conferences” every two years and just completed “MC9” in Bali, Indonesia. Many know of the WTO only because of the famous 1999 “Battle in Seattle,” an international protest against the corporate model of globalization that has had devastating effects on the economic justice, labor rights, the environment and democracy the world over.
On the eve of today's meeting of trade ministers of the twelve countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment negotiations, Cathy Feingold, International Department Director of the AFL-CIO, released the following statement (after the jump).
When you imagine a person on government assistance, what comes to mind? This short video shows that needing a little extra help with groceries may be more common than you think.
Going searching for that perfect holiday gift? Make sure it's union made in America. Check out this Made in America, union-made gift guide. Here are some highlights from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Gifts include those made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).
Workers who have been retaliated against or fear they will be for reporting unsafe and dangerous conditions and other violations of some 22 federal statutes to their employers can now go to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new whistle-blower site to file complaints.
As we remember Nelson Mandela and his unwavering commitment to social and economic justice, the AFL-CIO is proud to sponsor an advance screening of the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
A new article from the Guardian reveals that the State Policy Network (SPN) is planning a significant assault on the rights of working families in 2014 state legislative sessions. Through the Searle Freedom Trust, a foundation it created in 2011, SPN plans to offer sizable grants to supposedly independent, non-partisan think tanks in the states. SPN collected 40 grant proposals from these think tanks and will grant funding through Searle to 20 of them. The proposals are for numerous extreme right-wing policy options, very similar to those proposed by groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the think tanks already receive funding from the typical extremist anti-working family funders like the Koch brothers.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that Latino workers are 50% more likely be killed on the job from falls and dangerous and unhealthy working conditions such as exposure to chemicals or being struck and killed by equipment than the overall workforce. The CDC study also found that young Latino workers (18–4) are 50% more likely to be killed on the job for any reason that the overall workforce.
In 2007, the Ford Motor Co.’s plant in Louisville, Ky., was staring at an existential crisis. It was on the verge of being shuttered. The jobs there—jobs that sustained middle-class families and communities throughout Louisville—were this close to being sent to Mexico.
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