Politics

The AFL-CIO’s Response to Trump’s Presidency

Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, we have to understand what happened on Nov. 8 not as a vote for or against the two presidential candidates. Rather, it was something much larger. It was an expression of the insecurity of working people all over the formerly industrialized world, brought on by globalization forcing them to compete for work in a labor market without borders. Candidate Donald Trump was correct when he said, "I see a big parallel" between U.K. voters favoring Brexit and U.S. citizens supporting him. Both were expressions of the belief that existing institutions of government are no longer protecting the security and well-being of working people in a global economy.

UFCW Statement on First Presidential Debate

 Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, made the following statement regarding the first Presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“Tonight’s debate showed what so many of our members already know: Secretary Clinton is the undisputed champion of fighting for the issues that truly matter to hard-working families. Frustrated Americans are facing serious challenges and deserve to see real plans for real change, not slogans or empty words. When it comes to building the better America our members care so passionately about, it is clear that Secretary Clinton has the right experience, knowledge, and vision to be the next President of the United States.”

Massachusetts AFL-CIO and Coalition of Local Labor Leaders Demand Answers From Charlie Baker on History of Outsourcing

Malden, MA - Monday, October 20, 2014 - A coalition of labor leaders representing workers across Massachusetts today called on Republican Charlie Baker to come clean about why he sent jobs out of state during his time at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Tackling the Root Causes of the Refugee Crisis at the U.S. Border

For months, thousands of children and families from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have been turning themselves in at the southern U.S. border, fleeing widespread violence, poverty and corruption in their communities. This influx of refugees has strained the resources of front-line responders and evoked both humanitarian responses from community groups and local unions and xenophobic backlash from right-wing politicians and activists.

I’m Going Where the Action Is: Massachusetts

When I get frustrated with the Republican gridlock in Washington, D.C., that has put a stranglehold on so many vital working family issues like raising wages, paid sick leave, workers' rights and more, I look around and see the work the labor movement and its allies are doing in the states. That’s where the action is these days, and that’s why I’m so looking forward to my trip to Massachusetts today.

Give Veterans the Health Care They Deserve, Staff the VA

The recent revelations of long waiting lists for military veterans seeking treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities and of management cover-ups has prompted AFGE to again call on Congress to fully staff the VA in order to provide the health care veterans deserve.

Greenwald: Koch Brothers Are Cowards in the 'Worst Way'

In 2012, progressive filmmaker Robert Greenwald released his documentary "The Koch Brothers Exposed," which helped shine a light on the secretive actions taken by Charles and David Koch, the extremist billionaires who have become a fundamental element of the right-wing, anti-working family agenda that has dominated much of the country's political discourse in recent years. Now Greenwald is releasing an updated version of the film, "The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition," which focuses on several new avenues the Koch brothers have begun pursuing since the release of the original film, particularly suppressing the minimum wage, busting unions and disenfranchising voters.

President Obama, Flanked by UFCW Member, Pushes to Expand Overtime Pay

President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to expand federal rules so that more salaried workers would be able to qualify for overtime pay. Currently, any salaried employee making more than $455 per week is not required to be given overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

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