Daily Archives: December 15, 2015

Working Group Announcement Falls Short of Protecting Immigrant Workers’ Rights

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka statement on the Interagency Working Group to Promote Consistent Enforcement of Federal Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws pilot program on immigration enforcement: The recent announcement by the Interagency Working Group to Promote Consistent Enforcement of Federal … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Statement on Seattle Vote Allowing ‘Ride-Share’ Drivers to Organize

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on yesterday’s vote by the Seattle City Council allowing drivers for ‘ride-share’ companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize: The “on-demand” or “gig” economy isn’t really run by apps or machines; it’s powered … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Rate Hike Wrong Decision for Working People

In anticipation of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: We urge the Fed to avoid making a mistake by raising interest rates tomorrow. Too many working people are not feeling the economic … Continue reading

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Why should you care about Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association?

Because it could change the labor movement forever! The U.S. Supreme Court will soon be hearing the case: Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association which is challenging a 1977 Unanimous Supreme Court Decision, called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. In … Continue reading

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Organizers Roundtable

Mark your calendars! The next Organizers’ Roundtable workshop will be held Friday, January 15th from 10am to Noon at the Ames Organizing Project office (546 Main Street, Ames). This program is free. The Organizers’ Roundtable is intended to be a … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Statement on United Nations Climate Change Agreement

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The AFL-CIO applauds the United Nations Paris climate change agreement as a landmark achievement in international cooperation that is both sensible and achievable. We support the use of “nationally determined contributions” and recognize the importance of the transparency mechanisms, which … Continue reading

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Iowa Democrats, Progress Iowa say Branstad has pursued ‘misguided agenda’

The Iowa Democratic Party and the group Progress Iowa are criticizing Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s record on the day he becomes the nation’s longest-serving governor. “He’s done a really good job of keeping his job,” Progress Iowa executive director Matt … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 16 The National Civic Federation is formed by business and labor leaders, most prominently AFL president Sam Gompers, as a vehicle to resolve conflicts between management and labor. Not all unionists agreed with the alliance. The group turned increasingly … Continue reading

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