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Dave Jamieson

Major Ally Rips Obama Budget: 'Unconscionable' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama hasn't formally proposed his "compromise" budget plan yet, but the White House can already see cracks forming among its ...

What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American Workers, and Why the AFL-CIO Is Embracing It

Robert Reich | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Their agreement on is very preliminary and hasn't yet even been blessed by the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on immigration reform, but the mere fact that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue agreed on anything is remarkable.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Gathers Unstoppable Momentum

David Leopold | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
David Leopold

With Friday's agreement between the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the terms of a guest worker program it's clear that immigration reform is going to be a reality this time around.

Business, Labor Get Deal On Worker Program, Source Says

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Big business and labor have struck a deal on a new low-skilled worker program, removing the biggest hurdle to completion of sweepin...

Key Groups Close On Immigration Deal

Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

By ERICA WERNER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Big business and major labor unions appeared ready Friday to end a fight over a new low-skilled...

The Number That Could Kill Immigration Reform

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Just weeks after the "Gang of 8" bi-partisan senators presented a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform, nasty political storm clouds are forming over Washington.

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Willing To Buck White House On Entitlements | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the White House showing openness to cuts in Social Security, officials with the AFL-CIO labor federation said Friday that they woul...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Take Stock As Numbers Dwindle | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Just as the percentage of Americans belonging to a union has fallen to a historic low, the leader of the largest labor federation in the country on Th...

We Must Seize Opportunities to Make Immigration Reform a Reality

Janet Murguía | Posted 04.29.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

The AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came together and produced a set of principles that should guide all discussions on the future flow of workers into this country. The concessions are notable, but the common ground is even more remarkable.

Dave Jamieson

Unions Call For Scrapping The Sequester Entirely | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO union federation called on lawmakers Wednesday to repeal the so-called sequestration that will lead to $85 billion in automa...

Restoring the American Dream for All Workers

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Marielena Hincapié

Immigration reform is the latest hot topic in Washington, but in the debate, precious little has been said about protecting immigrant workers' right to organize.

A No-Brainer: Launching a Purchasing Co-op for Unions

Rick Sloan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Rick Sloan

A purchasing co-op of unions offers a complex solution to a perplexing problem -- how to strengthen unions financially in these perilous times. It is not a panacea. It simply must prove its value by saving significant sums for its member unions. And it is starting to do exactly that.

Business, Labor Groups Announce Agreement On Key Immigration Component

Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO say they have a deal on principles for a new visa program to bring ...

Dave Jamieson

Is Obama's Minimum Wage Proposal Too Low? | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the White House developed its new proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, there was at least one core constituency of President O...

White House Inaction on Silica Is Deadly for Workers

Richard Trumka | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The delay in job safety protections for silica is inexcusable and heartless. It's time for industry opponents to stand down and time for the White House to stand up for working men and women.

Dave Jamieson

Commerce Secretary Rumors Rattle Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.08.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- In recent days, multiple news outlets -- from the Washington Post to the Chicago Sun-Times to Bloomberg -- have reported that Chicago bu...

Elise Foley

Labor Groups: Immigration Reform Won't Fail Because Of Us | Elise Foley | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Wednesday that labor unions could kill comprehensive immigration reform unless President Barack Obama ...

JPMorgan Working Actively To Disempower Its Shareholders

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business

* Union says 'Whale' loss is reason to divide JPMorgan * AFL-CIO fund says bank has become too big to manage * Another u...

Dave Jamieson

Bad News For American Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Driven by widespread job losses in the public sector, the number of American workers belonging to a labor union has dropped to a record ...

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, King was considered a dangerous troublemaker. He was harassed by the FBI and vilified in the media. In fact, King was radical. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power."

Dave Jamieson

Foreign Workers Exploited In U.S. Jobs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With immigration policy now a top priority of the Obama administration, advocates for comprehensive reform are urging lawmakers to impro...

Ex-Owner: Marriott's Secret Deal Forced My Hotel Into Bankruptcy

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business

By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A former hotel owner sued Marriott International Inc on Monday, accusing the hospit...

Conservative Group Forges Unlikely Alliances In New Push

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that the "door to the American dream must always remain open" as he ann...

Dave Jamieson

Solis Resigns After Accomplishments, Frustrations At Labor Department | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The announcement by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Wednesday that she would be stepping down from her post surprised both members of her...

Labor's Story Retold

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Lowell Peterson

Labor must think about what people want and need, and about what moves them to action. Tales of faded glory or heroic defeat are not enough. We must talk about possibility and hope, about building the future, not about trying to hold ground that can't be defended.