Post Tagged with: "Congress"

Labor, Asbestos Victims, Survivors Blast GOP’s Asbestos Fund Bill

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO, asbestos victims and their survivors are blasting the GOP-run House’s latest venture into the legal thicket of asbestos-caused cancer and its victims, saying the legislation harms the victims and helps the companies that injured them.  One survivor calls the measure “one-sided, unfair and unnecessary.” But that didn’t stop the House from approving it on Nov. 13 by a […]

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AFSA Attends Conference Advocating for Social Security Expansion

AFSA Attends Conference Advocating for Social Security Expansion

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, AFSA attended a conference at the Senate Hart Office Building, on the benefits of expanding Social Security. The briefing including a distinguished panel of experts, including representatives from the Economic Policy Institute, AFL-CIO, Alliance for Retired Americans, Social Security Works among others. During the conference, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) launched an open letter […]

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Crowd Chants ‘We Want to Work!’ As Federal Shutdown Continues

WASHINGTON—The chant rang out over and over again, despite pouring rain, interrupting speakers who enthusiastically urged them on. “We want to work!”  “We want to work!”  came the constant call. That came from hundreds of locked-out federal workers, members of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFSCME, the Service Employees, the Treasury Employees and other unions, who marched on Capitol […]

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AFGE Mobilizes Against Federal Government Shutdown, Again

WASHINGTON—Here we go again.  With the federal government facing yet another politically inspired shutdown at midnight on Sept. 30, the American Federation of Government Employees has had to mobilize against it yet again. And this time there’s an added threat, according to a recent news story: When the federal workers finally get called back to their jobs they might – […]

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Student Loan Reform Moving Forward

Student Loan Reform Moving Forward

While the newly passed deal lowers interest rates for students, none of the rates are locked in as they are tied to the 10-year treasury note and can freely move with the market. If the economy improves as expected, rates will continue to rise.

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Statement From President Diann Woodard On Student Loan Bill Becoming Law

President Obama signed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 into law today. While this is a step in the right direction for Congress, the newly passed interest rates are not locked in and can freely move with the market. We urge Congress to find a better solution to this temporary fix, one that includes a low, fixed rate […]

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Longest U.S. Hotel Strike, In Chicago, Ends

CHICAGO—The longest U.S. hotel strike ever, by all 130 workers at Chicago’s Congress Hotel, ended May 29, just short of its 10th anniversary. Unite Here Local 1 announced it made an unconditional offer to return to work. The local added it would seek other hotels to organize – and other employers for the Congress workers.

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Cloaking Themselves In Constitution, GOP Senators Ask High Court To Toss NLRB Recess Appointees

WASHINGTON—Piously cloaking themselves in the U.S. Constitution and invoking what they claim is the intent of its framers, all 45 Republican U.S. senators asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out Democratic President Barack Obama’s “recess appointees” to the National Labor Relations Board – and, by inference, all the decisions in worker-boss disputes that those NLRB members voted on.

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AFL-CIO AFGE Host Rallies VS. Budget Cuts; Congress Ignores Them

From Seattle to Albuquerque, from San Diego to Chicago, the AFL-CIO and one of its major unions, the American Federation of Government Employees, hosted mass rallies on March 20 to protest the federal budget cuts, called the “sequester,” and to highlight their impact on workers and citizens nationwide.  But Congress didn’t listen. The object of the protests was to convince […]

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Safe Schools Improvement Act reintroduced to Congress

A new version of the Safe Schools Improvement Act has been reintroduced in the Senate and will be reintroduced in the House shortly. As members of the National Safe Schools Partnership, we will be urging congressmen and women to support this bill ensuring safer schools. This legislation seeks to strengthen punishments for school bullying and also broadens the definition of […]

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