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Richard L. Trumka was elected AFL-CIO president in September 2009. He served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer since 1995. Born in Nemacolin, Pa., on July 24, 1949, Trumka was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council in 1989. At the time of his election to the secretary-treasurer post, he was serving his third term as president of the Mine Workers (UMWA). At the UMWA, Trumka led two major strikes against the Pittston Coal Co. and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. The actions resulted in significant advances in employee-employer cooperation and the enhancement of mine workers' job security, pensions and benefits.

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

(123) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:58 AM

In 2004, Congress enacted a law to prevent "corporate inversions" in which corporations reincorporate in a foreign country to avoid paying U.S. taxes, but a gaping loophole allows corporations to get around this law by merging with a foreign company.

Simply put, it allows corporations to avoid paying taxes when...

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Is This How to Salute a Veteran?

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Co-authored with J. David Cox, chair of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council and president of AFGE

Today we celebrate Veterans Day. Let's take this opportunity to honor the men and women who have served our nation to protect and defend the freedoms we all enjoy.

But we shouldn't just talk...

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Black Lung Deniers

(10) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 9:20 AM

You don't have to be a doctor at Johns Hopkins to know black lung disease when you see it. I know firsthand because I've seen it. I've seen it kill my father, my grandfathers and uncles. They were all coal miners who breathed coal dust for years until their scarred...

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As the United Nations Sets Policies on Migration, Who Speaks for Migrant Workers?

(10) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:40 PM

In our increasingly interconnected world, international migration is fundamentally reshaping the world of work and challenging governments to rethink how they treat those living within their borders. Some 214 million migrants across the world today work in a wide range of industries, from low-wage jobs in agriculture and construction to...

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Inaction on NLRB Confirmations Is Simply Wrong

(67) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Stall tactics and political brinksmanship in the U.S. Senate have inflicted senseless and avoidable pain on everyday people for far too long. Now we may be on the verge of breaking through.

As the debate takes center stage, the focus will be on nominees to the National Labor Relations...

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White House Inaction on Silica Is Deadly for Workers

(18) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Tom Ward was 13 when his father came home from what would be his last day of work. Ward's father "barely made it through the door, fell to the floor and, between tears, said, 'I can't do it anymore.'"

Later that year, at age 39, Ward's father...

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Listen to the Voters -- and Save Yourselves

(50) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:42 AM

It's time for House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican leadership to stop holding America's middle class hostage and instead join Democrats in saying "No" to another tax cut for the rich.

That's what voters asked for, loud and clear.

People are tired of the rich getting gifts from...

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An Election Message for the Lame Duck Congress: Fair Taxes, No Cuts

(9) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:32 PM

After a hard-fought and divisive election year, it's time to rebuild America's middle class -- but to do it we need to make sure the lessons from this campaign stick.

Four years ago, the leadership of the Republican Party made a cynical political gamble -- and this year they...

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Game Changer in Ohio: Cars

(101) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 8:59 AM

This election may come down to cars. That's right, cars.

Nothing illustrates the choice between the two presidential candidates better than the 2009 rescue of the auto industry. And, despite Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's efforts to distort the contrast with patently dishonest claims and a new TV and radio...

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El cambio en nuestras comunidades se logra con unión y determinación

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 9:11 AM

carmen speaking

Lo que a menudo falta en los debates altamente polarizados sobre las políticas de inmigración de Arizona y las prácticas judiciales del Alguacil Joe Arpaio son las historias de jóvenes que diariamente se ven afectados por estas mismas políticas y prácticas. Entre ellos se encuentra...

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A Doorstep Focus Group Every Night

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 1:41 PM

Every day while the right-wing Super PACs pour millions of dollars into attack ads, canvassers for Working America, the AFL-CIO's community affiliate, knock on nearly 25,000 doors and talk to more than 10,000 actual voters in town after town and state after state.

Each conversation is a little bit...

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Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

(19) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 5:46 PM

By Richard Trumka and Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Domestic workers around the world have been organizing for years to secure decent wages, benefits and recognition.

This past summer, domestic workers and their allies celebrated a major global victory after the Philippines joined Uruguay in becoming...

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Trabajadores latinos más seguros gracias a la labor de centros de trabajadores

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 9:40 AM

centros de trabajadores

La historia de Christian Hurtado demuestra el potencial del nuevo movimiento por los derechos de los trabajadores. Es una historia digna de ser contada sobre todo en este mes, días después del Día del Trabajo y mientras nos preparamos a celebrar el Mes de...

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De sueño a realidad: el ejemplo de los soñadores

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 12:39 PM

"Cuando los más afectados por un problema se expresan abiertamente, ya no hay forma de seguir ignorándolo", afirmó Neidi Domínguez.

Tuve el honor de conocer a Neidi en febrero cuando trabajadores lavadores de automóviles, como miembros del sindicato Trabajadores del Metal Unidos (United Steelworkers), firmaron contratos con dos negocios en...

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Freedom Isn't Free

(1435) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 8:24 AM

As Independence Day approaches, I've been thinking about that iconic American saying, "Freedom Isn't Free."

Usually it refers to the sacrifice of the men and women who serve in the military and their families -- and it's especially poignant now that Iraq- and Afghanistan-era vets are facing a 12.7 percent

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Is Walmart Too Big, Powerful, Influential to Obey the Law?

(201) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 12:10 PM

This week's reports from the New York Times about Walmart's practices in Mexico are breathtaking. The Times found "credible evidence that bribery played a persistent and significant role in Walmart's rapid growth in Mexico." The Times interviewed an executive of Walmart's Mexican subsidiary who "bought zoning approvals and...

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The Lessons of Ohio

(248) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 8:33 AM

"Remember Ohio." Those two words should carry new meaning to politicians in Congress and state houses who think they can respond to unemployment, budget crises and voter anger with faux solutions that serve up red meat to their right-wing base.

With their now-famous rejection of a state law limiting...

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Protecting America's Innovative Advantage

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Co-authored by Richard L. Trumka and Deborah L. Wince-Smith

Tuesday, April 26, was World Intellectual Property Day. The theme of this year's celebration -- Designing the Future -- emphasized the critical role that ideas play in the development of solutions to the challenges of the 21st century, such as combating...

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Today's Heroes: The Wisconsin 14

(1313) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 8:25 PM

For anyone who still thinks the inspiring actions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana are just about public employees in those states, here's a moving dose of reality.

People in every walk of life and every part of the country -- even other countries --...

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This Isn't Deficit Control. It's Assault.

(687) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 8:17 AM

No job safety inspections while inspectors are furloughed for up to three months. No food safety inspections while inspectors are off the job for more than a month. Ten thousand teachers and aides cut from struggling schools and 7,000 special education teachers and staff gone. State and local job training...

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