Post Tagged with: "Obama"

High Crimes And Misdemeanors

It’s hard to believe, but 40 years ago, Richard Nixon quit. The nation’s crooked president, approver – if not the author of – the felonious coverup of the myriad White House constitutional crimes collectively known as Watergate, told the nation on August 8, 1974, that he would resign at noon the next day, and did so.

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House Dems to Obama’s Trade Rep: Write Enforceable Labor Rights into Trans-Pacific Pact

WASHINGTON –The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact must include enforceable labor rights in its text, an overwhelming majority of House Democrats told the Obama administration’s U.S. Trade Representative on May 29.  And even if it does, the leaders of the group say, the TPP still faces tough sledding on Capitol Hill. The warning drew high praise from Communications Workers […]

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Union Leaders Hit Obama Praise of Wal-Mart

SAN JOSE –Barack Obama’s praising Wal-Mart again, and union leaders Maria Elena Durazo and Joe Hansen don’t like that one bit. The Democratic president traveled on May 9 to a Wal-Mart in San Jose, Calif., to laud the firm for committing to solar energy technology to power hundreds of its stores and for being a leader in that movement.  That […]

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Standardized Teacher Training Initiatives Re-Emerge

The Obama Administration formally announced an initiative to improve teacher trainings across the U.S. on Friday morning. The initiative was previously introduced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan in 2012, but is now being drafted for implementation within the next year. The program hopes to track teacher’s progress in the workforce in order to determine the most effective teacher preparation programs […]

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Obama Executive Order Marks Equal Pay Day Push; Senate GOP Kills Debate on Pay Equity Bill

WASHINGTON –Democratic President Barack Obama’s executive order banning companies with federal contracts from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay with each other, and a Senate vote on pay equity legislation, marked the “equal pay day” push of 2014. But while Obama’s orders marked Equal Pay Day on April 8, the Senate failed to come through on April 9.  Senate […]

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IAFF Criticizes Obama on Health Care Law Treatment of Multi-Employer Plans, Abandons Two Senate Dems for ‘Double-Crossing’ on Bargaining

WASHINGTON–Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger has again added his voice to those of other union leaders criticizing Democratic President Barack Obama’s health care law for its treatment of multi-employer health care plans. He also says the union is walking away from two Democratic senators seeking re-election – Virginia’s Mark Warner and North Carolina’s Kay Hagan – because they double-crossed IAFF […]

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Trumka, Top Woman Workers’ Group Hail Obama Overtime Pay Plan; ATU’s Hanley: Bring Inter-City Bust Drivers In, Too

WASHINGTON –AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and a top group that fights for female workers are praising Democratic President Barack Obama’s plan to expand eligibility for overtime pay to millions of workers nationwide. And Larry Hanley, the Amalgamated Transit Union president, agrees.  But he says Obama should bring in other workers, too – especially those inter-city bus drivers now not covered […]

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Obama Budget Blueprint Would Increase Infrastructure Spending, Raise Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON –Democratic President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the year starting Oct. 1 would increase spending for improving infrastructure and raise the federal minimum wage, among other initiatives. His proposals drew accolades from union leaders, who, however, said there were still some key omissions.  The House’s ruling Republicans panned Obama’s blueprint. Typical were comments from AFGE President J. David Cox, […]

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Diann Woodard Responds to President Barack Obama’s FY2015 Budget Request

President Barack Obama officially released his budget request for Fiscal Year 2015. In response, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “Overall, the president’’s budget request for FY15 represents a step in the right direction, and provides a blueprint to move our country forward by investing in education and jobs, raising the minimum wage, closing tax loopholes, supporting workers, […]

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Diann Woodard Response to President Obama’s State of the Union

In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Diann Woodard, president of AFSA released the following statement: “Last night, the president’s speech centered around opportunity, action and optimism. He stated that one’s ability to get ahead should not be pre-determined, but based on hard work and ambition,” “The president’s call for a much needed investment in our nation’s […]

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