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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ domestic policy committee, wrote the following Op-Ed, which appeared in the Sacramento Bee last week. Unions and Catholic leaders have long found common cause in advocating for policies that defend the dignity of workers and protect immigrant families. Over the past several years, we have worked together to win congressional approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Although such legislation has passed the U.S. Senate in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives is now delaying consideration of either the Senate bill or its own version of reform. Read more >>>
As we reflect on the actions all over the country by Walmart associates on Black Friday and consider the fact that people are working harder than ever and are still losing economic ground, we're reminded that the federal minimum wage is not enough. In a joint Op-Ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and National Employment Law Project Executive Director Christine Owens remind us that in the past 15 years, all wage increases have gone to the wealthiest 10%. Read more >>>
The North Central Indiana AFL-CIO Council and United Way in South Bend are giving community members the opportunity to Adopt a Family and heat a home. Dawn Chapla, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison, wrote the grant that will match donated dollars for heating, provide free budget counseling and provide a case coordinator to develop and work on a plan of action.
The Postal Service is critical to our economy—delivering mail, medicine and packages on time and at an affordable price, without a dime of taxpayer money.
But no company can grow or even maintain its business by cutting its service. Reducing the scope and quality of service by eliminating Saturday delivery service or closing post offices and facilities will not restore the Postal Service to health. It would likely drive mailers away and therefore worsen the Postal Service’s financial problemsRead more >>>
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is under attack in Washington. A 2006 postal reform law requires the USPS to pre-fund 75 years' worth of future retiree health benefits within just 10 years. No other federal agency or private enterprise is forced to pre-fund similar benefits like this, especially on such an aggressive schedule.
This unnecessary mandate costs the USPS $5.5 billion per year and is the sole reason for its losses over the past four years. Now, some in Congress want to take this opportunity to gut the USPS, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs, ending Saturday delivery and closing hundreds of post offices in communities across the nation.
This coming Tuesday working men and women in every single Congressional district across America will hold rallies in support of House Resolution 1351, a bill that addresses the financial crisis facing the Postal Service and saves jobs.
Join us on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at an event near you and help us deliver a message to Congress: Save the Postal Service!Read more >>>
Tomorrow, Wednesday September 7th, the Indiana General Assembly's Interim Committee on Employment will meet to consider legislation to ban all project labor agreements in the state – another attack on working people.
As we approach another Labor Day, millions of Americans remain unemployed and underemployed. Yet, instead of working to create jobs and put people back to work a bipartisan majority of lawmakers in Congress and the White House are pushing legislation to send even more of our jobs overseas.
On April 10, 2011, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler called to thank the leadership of the Indiana State AFL-CIO and Indiana’s union men and women for their work in recent months. Shuler told the leaders assembled “against all odds, you were able to fend off serious threats to working people.” And she encouraged them to keep fighting – to keep building structure to ensure this attack does not happen anywhere again in this nation. Represented in the meeting were affiliates such at IBT, OPEIU, UNITE HERE, Ironworkers, NALC, Steelworkers, UAW, IFT, ISTA, SEIU, AFSCME, as well as others!
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