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AFL-CIO Hosts Lunchtime Immigration and Globalization Discussions in DC

AFL-CIO Hosts Lunchtime Immigration and Globalization Discussions in DC

Please join the AFL-CIO for a series of informal lunchtime sessions to learn more about Common Sense Economics—our new mass education initiative designed to influence and inspire conversations and actions. Bring your lunch and join a conversation about how: Working people can and must change the direction of our economy, Economic outcomes are a result of political choices, and Working […]

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Survey: Great Recession Leaves Workers ‘Unhappy, Worried and Pessimistic’

NEWARK, N.J. –The Great Recession was so bad for workers that it has apparently left them “unhappy, worried and pessimistic” about the present state of the economy, their own jobs and prospects, and the future, a new survey says. The survey, of 1,013 adults this summer by the Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., paints a […]

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Inequality and the USA: A Nation in Denial?

JACKSON HOLE, Wyom. –America’s top central bankers didn’t make time for inequality at their annual hobnob in secluded Jackson Hole, Wyom., even though, for the first time, activists brought the issue right to their doorstep there. Over in Germany, the world’s Nobel Prize winners in economics did address the issue – but few Americans noticed.

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Trumka: Economy Leaves Workers ‘Confused, Angry, Frustrated, Scared’

LAS VEGAS–Stagnation of workers’ wages and declining benefits for the last 40 years, with the Great Recession piled on top of that, has left U.S. workers “confused, angry, frustrated and scared,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. Speaking to the Steelworkers convention in Las Vegas in mid-August, Trumka added that bleak prospects for the workers’ children only add to those woes.  […]

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Michigan Dem Shauer Bids for Building Trades’ Support

WASHINGTON –Unions’ conferences in D.C. wouldn’t be complete without political hopefuls seeking labor’s support.  Michigan’s Mark Schauer, New Jersey’s Donald Norcross and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy filled those roles at the North American Building Trades Unions’ confab, March 9-12. Norcross, who spoke March 10, has the easiest task.  The IBEW member, president of the Southern New Jersey Central Labor Council, […]

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Trumka: Media Miss The Story Of Struggling Americans

WASHINGTON —U.S. mass media “miss the everyday story” of struggling Americans – employed and unemployed – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. In a wide interview/press conference with Mike Allen, White House bureau chief for Politico, Trumka also blasted Republicans in Congress for letting 1.3 million jobless workers lose their extended unemployment benefits on Dec. 28, with another 1.9 million facing […]

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Op-Ed: A Labor Day for Low-Wage Workers

WASHINGTON–Earlier this month, Americans nationwide celebrated Labor Day, honoring the men and women who built our country with their toil and talents.  Labor Day is traditionally a day of parades and picnics.  But it should also be a day to honestly acknowledge the jobs that make our great middle class possible are disappearing. While our economy has shown promising signs […]

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EPI: ‘Wages Have Been Dead in the Water for a Decade’

WASHINGTON—Through the Great Recession, the weak recovery since then and even in the business cycle before that, workers’ wages “have been dead in the water for a decade,” the leader of the Economic Policy Institute says. And that gloomy picture, portrayed by EPI President Larry Mishel, won’t be solved for the overwhelming majority of U.S. workers by the solutions propounded […]

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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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Advocates Start Making Case For Minimum Wage Hike

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. —For seven years, Carolle Fleurio has been a cook at a family restaurant in Stockbridge, Ga.  It’s a nice place, she says, where people come in to enjoy the atmosphere and the meals she cooks. But one thing wrong with her job, Fleurio adds, is the pay.  She makes $8 an hour.  That’s only slightly more than the […]

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