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AFL-CIO To Planet Earth: Drop Dead

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Last week, the AFL-CIO put out a statement from its president, Richard Trumka, under the headline "Dakota Access Pipeline Provides High-Quality Jobs."

AFL-CIO Bucks Progressive Allies, Backs Dakota Access Pipeline

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics

If the country’s leading union federation really wants to ally itself with progressive groups, it has a funny way of showing it. On Thursday, the AF...

Hillary Clinton Secures Organized Labor's Prize Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The country's largest federation of labor unions formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday, assuring that organized la...

Friday Talking Points -- Paul Ryan, Democrat?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Has Paul Ryan become so disaffected with Donald Trump that he quietly changed political parties, when no one was looking? We know the Washington Post just made a typo, but still, it's fun to think about, right?

Big Win For Bernie: AFL-CIO Holds Off On Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics

The biggest prize in labor endorsements won't be doled out next week as many people expected, according to an email from the president of the AFL-CIO ...

What WWII and Japanese Americans Teach Us About Syrian Refugees

Eileen Purcell | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
Eileen Purcell

Fear is a powerful drug. Those who would act out of fear (and in some cases political opportunism and bigotry) have disregarded the lessons of WWII and the world's shame at the treatment of refugees, especially Jewish refugees, who were turned away and sent back to death at the hands of the Nazis.

Labor Leader Trashes Scott Walker In Just One Sentence

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of one of the country's top labor organizations on Monday delivered a searing response to news that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker...

Correction Officers' Unions Essential to Criminal Justice Reform

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 09.03.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

For too long, people have assumed that correction officers' unions, by their very nature, must oppose justice reform. This assumption is based on the belief that decarceration is a zero-sum game and unions benefit from mass incarceration. But this isn't true; strong correctional unions are essential to justice reform.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Issues Six-Word Statement On Walker's Run For President | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps Richard Trumka has already said everything he needs to say about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). On Monday morning, Walker o...

Laura Barron-Lopez

AFL-CIO Tells 2016 Presidential Candidates There Is ‘No Place To Hide' On Wages, Fast-Track | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s largest labor union drew a line in the sand Tuesday for those vying to become the next president of the United States, co...

Zach Carter

Harry Reid Hires Longtime Labor Ally As Economic Staffer | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has hired Ellen Doneski, a longtime aide to former Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) who is high...

Put Working People First

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. It's all so very jolly, except for one looming factor: wages.

Shahien Nasiripour

AFL-CIO Targets Navient As Scrutiny Over Student Loan Servicing Mounts | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

The nation’s largest labor federation is taking aim at Navient Corp. for alleged mistreatment of borrowers, adding to the student loan specialist's ...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Demands Mandatory National Workplace Safety Standards For Ebola | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The president of the AFL-CIO labor federation sent letters to the White House and Congress on Tuesday demanding that national workplace ...

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Gets Enlightened On Mass Incarceration | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

Backers of a California ballot measure that would release thousands of non-violent prisoners have found a surprisingly enthusiastic ally in their figh...

Dave Jamieson

Why Richard Trumka Still Thinks McConnell Will Lose | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few things seem to excite AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka quite like the prospect of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) los...

Dave Jamieson

Guitar Center Accused Of Union-Busting | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after its initial election victory at a Guitar Center store, the union representing the chain's first unionized employe...

Let's Call 'Corporate Inversion' for What It Is: A Gaping, Unpatriotic Tax Loophole

Richard Trumka | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Richard Trumka

We need to start demanding a little more patriotism from these corporations. If they want to keep benefiting from everything our great country has to offer, they need to start showing a little more loyalty to the people who live and work in America.

Dave Jamieson

More Football Players Join The Labor Movement | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.13.2014 | Sports

The union representing U.S. arena football players is joining the AFL-CIO labor federation just as the indoor football league undertakes an expansion ...

The Trade Elephant in the Climate Room

Carl Pope | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

By pretending that it is the countries where emissions occur which are the problem, rather than the consumers whose products require the pollution, both the EU and the United States have concealed their real failure to shift their economies to lower carbon consumption.

Lighting a Candle

Carl Pope | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The horse and buggy did not vanish because of animal rights protests -- it took the internal combustion engine to sweep the deck. Climate needs to be thought of that way -- and too often we fall back into our old habits.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Get Some Good News | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite long-term declines in union membership, the proportion of U.S. workers who belong to a labor union held steady overall last year...

Dave Jamieson

Can This Guy Help Turn Around Organized Labor? | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last time Tefere Gebre was employed at the AFL-CIO headquarters in D.C., in the mid 1990s, he worked out of a scrappy basement offic...

Dave Jamieson

Labor To Dems: We'll End Your Career If You Cut Social Security | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fresh Capitol Hill budget battles on the horizon, the head of the leading labor federation planned to issue a blistering warning to...

Dave Jamieson

Unions Roll Out Their New Strategy | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As part of its efforts to rejuvenate the labor movement and reach more young people, the AFL-CIO is entering a formal partnership with a...