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Is President Trump a Working-Class Hero? Hardly

May 11, 2017 
By Larry Cary

Well, it’s been a bit more than 100 days.  That’s enough time to see the outline of where President Trump stands on helping working people, the group that abandoned the Democratic Party in three key states and gave him a victory because they wanted someone to “shake-up” the establishment.

Congress Repeals Rule Allowing State-Run Retirement Plans

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted May 3 to repeal an Obama-era rule that lets states sponsor their own retirement-savings programs for low-income workers.

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

May 3, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post.

House GOP Pushes Overtime-Pay Substitution

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans are quietly advancing a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act that would end the federal requirement of time-and-a-half pay for overtime and let private-sector employers offer comp time off instead.

Attorney for 9/11 Workers: Deadline Approaching for Federal Compensation Protection

April 26, 2017 
By: Michael Barasch, 
Managing Partner, Barasch McGarry
Lawyer for the 9/11 Community

Throughout 2015, a union coalition fought for and achieved the permanent reauthorization and funding to secure Congressional passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  This critical federal law provides healthcare and $7.3 billion in compensation for those sickened in the aftermath of the attacks.

Trump Ends Wage-Theft Reporting for Federal Contractors

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump signed a bill Mar. 27 repealing an Obama-era regulation that required companies bidding for federal contracts to disclose their labor-law violations from the previous three years.

AFL-CIO Opposes Trump’s Labor Pick

March 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO announced Mar. 22 that it was opposed to the confirmation of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor.

Still Getting 'It' Wrong

March 19, 2017 
By William Spriggs
Reprinted:
  AFL-CIO

Washington, DC -On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy gained 235,000 payroll slots in February and upped its estimates for December and January by another 9,000 jobs. Over the three-month period, that means an average job growth of 209,000 jobs a month.

Protect Retirement Security of Working Families

March 15, 2017 
By AFL-CIO Director of Policy Damon Silvers

Washington, DC - Despite all of the talk we heard during the election, it’s shaping up to be more business as usual in Washington, D.C., for Wall Street.

Senate Votes to Overturn Limits on Labor-Law Violators

March 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted Mar. 6 to invoke a law that would let President Donald Trump cancel former President Barack Obama’s executive order requiring companies bidding on government contracts to disclose labor-law violations—such as wage theft, discrimination, or unsafe conditions—they’ve had within the last three years.

Trump: Enough is Enough!

March 8, 2017 
By Larry Cary

Since President Trump took office, I have not written the daily column his behavior and actions could command because waiting seemed respectful of the office, or as some people said, “Just give him a chance.” 

The Bill That Could Bring Call Center Jobs Back Home Again

March 5, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Offshoring is killing American call center jobs.

New York, NY - More than a hundred thousand U.S. call center jobs outsourced to the Philippines, India and Latin America could be coming home if new legislation reintroduced in Congress this week is codified into law. 

This Week's Buzz: The 'Iceberg' facing Retirees; DC Women Workers Rally!

March 3, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

The Teamsters join Neal and Bill.

New York, NY - There’s a huge iceberg waiting for American workers heading into retirement without a defined pension plan — and on Sunday night’s 9 o’clock episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” on AM970 The Answer, we’ll be talking all about it with both Kevin McCaffrey, president, Teamsters Local 707, and Dan Kane, Jr., president, Teamsters Local 202. We’ll also be talking about the upcoming Women Workers rally in Washington, D.C. on March 8, with Saru Jayaraman, co-director, ROC-United. 

9/11 Fund Extends Compensation Deadline for Cancer Victims

Febraury 25, 2017
By Michael Barasch, Esq. and Richard Alles, FDNY Deputy Chief, Ret.

A new Department of Justice regulation allows people diagnosed with cancer to register a Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)  claim within 2 years of the date that the WTC Health Program (or a governmental agency such as the Workers Compensation Board) certifies that the cancer was caused by exposure to the WTC toxins. Hundreds of people diagnosed with cancers over a decade ago are now eligible for significant compensation.  And, if a loved one has passed away due to cancer, their families may assert a claim within 2 years of their death.

Trump's Contempt for Our Courts

February 18, 2017 
By Congressman Jerry Nadler

Washington, DC - Donald Trump went to war against Judge James Robart -- a Republican appointee -- who dared to stand up against his destructive, dangerous and ill-conceived refugee ban.

Unions React Cautiously to Trump’s New Labor Pick

February 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - American labor unions are reacting cautiously to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Florida law-school dean R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor Feb. 16, calling for a careful examination of his record.

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