Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

Update: Officials confirm Iowa State Penitentiary blueprints were stolen last week

A break in occurred at the construction site of the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison last week, officials said late Tuesday in response to a labor union’s news release, claiming under staffing is affecting safety in the prisons. … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA and Prop8

June 26, 2013 Today marks a major moment in American history for equality. The Supreme Court decision is a victory for all who believe in equal respect and treatment under the law. The Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013   Today’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act dealt a huge blow to working people.  Instead of recognizing the continued importance and efficacy of the Voting Rights Act, a five-vote conservative majority on the Supreme … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Fair Labor Standard Act 75th Anniversary

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  June 25, 2013       President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law 75 years ago today.  The FLSA outlawed child labor, guaranteed a minimum wage, enshrined the 40 hour workweek into law, and required … Continue reading

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Working America Website

Working America’s New Website Includes Cool Dance Video: Complete with a worker’s rights-themed dance battle video, and in collaboration with the AFL-CIO Organizing Department, Working America has launched a new website, FixMyJob.com. The site is targeted at the tens of … Continue reading

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Today in History June 26

Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike (1894); The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opens, making … Continue reading

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