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Nevada Budget Includes Raises for State Workers

June 10, 2015
BY Kevin Brown
Reprinted: http://www.afscme.org/


AFSCME Local 4041 members were rewarded for their steadfast advocacy with the 3 percent raise over two years. Their last wage increase was offset by retirement and health benefits premiums. The Nevada state Legislature approved Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget, which includes the first wage increases for state workers since 2007. 

NYC Wages Finally On The Upswing, But More Action Is Needed

April 21, 2015
By James Parrott Deputy Director and Chief Economist for the Fiscal Policy Institute


New York, NY - After years of wage declines, several signs are emerging of wage growth in New York City, according to a new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute. Several government data sets all point to fairly widespread and firmly-established wage growth beginning in 2014. According to the most recent data, average private hourly earnings increased 3.3 percent for the six months to February 2015 versus the same period a year ago. This is twice the annual average 1.6 percent gain from 2009 to 2013.

Say No To Fast Track, And Buy American

April 20, 2015
By UAW President Dennis Williams


Washington DC - The announcement by Ford to invest $2.5 billion in Mexico is disappointing, but not any more disappointing than GM’s decision to invest $5 billion in Mexico or similar investments like FCA Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, Honda, and now both Toyota and Kia which have announced investments in Mexico.

Frauds Target Organizations of All Types & Sizes; Safeguard Your Union with these Tips

April 2, 2015
By Michael Fina, Radius Bank, Union Relationship Manager

The number of fraud incidents that affect organizations every year continues to rise. Make sure your union is doing everything it can to help mitigate the risk of loss from fraud-related incidents. Here are some important reminders of what your organization can do to protect itself.

City Pension Board Votes Against Charter Backer’s Hedge Fund

March 19, 2015
By LaborPress

The New York City Employees’ Retirement System has rejected a proposal to invest pension-fund money in Gotham Asset Management, a hedge fund owned by charter-school backer Joel Greenblatt. Greenblatt is a cofounder of the Success Academy charter chain run by Eva Moskowitz, who has frequently butted heads with both the United Federation of Teachers and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Business Leaders Back Cuomo's Minimum Wage Boost

March 18, 2015
By Stephanie West


Albany NY - A significant number of Upstate business leaders have announced their support for Governor Cuomo's "Fight for Fair Pay" campaign to raise the state's minimum wage this year. The 44 business leaders join 41 others from Downstate who now represent broad private sector support – including some of New York's most prominent business leaders and an array of small businesses.

Budget Blueprint for Pennsylvania

March 4, 2015
By Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder


Harrisburg, Pa.  - "Governor Wolf's budget makes the much needed investments in education, health, and human services that will restore our state as a leader in job creation, prosperity and economic growth for years to come.

Wisconsin Anti-Worker Bill Hurts Families and Economy

March 2, 2015
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry


Washington, DC - Guest article by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding the Wisconsin legislature's passage of anti-worker "right-to-work" legislation. "This terrible legislation hurts families and it hurts the economy in Wisconsin. Gov. Walker and his out-of-touch allies in the legislature have dealt a blow to working families.

Public Contract Fraud Case on Long Island

February 19, 2015
By Stephanie West


Long Island, NY - Charles Angelillo, 41, of Eastport, has been sentenced in his role of defrauding the state of over $200,000. He submitted false invoices over a two year period for HVAC equipment, supplies, and labor. Angelillo is banned from bidding on public contracts with the state and municipalities for five years.

President Obama’s FY2016 Budget

February 4, 2014
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka


Washington, DC-- In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. 

Citibank Eliminates Barriers to Low-Income Americans

February 4, 2015
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY – Citibank has agreed to adopt new policies governing its screening of lower-income customers seeking to open checking or savings accounts. Citibank’s will now allow thousands of additional New Yorkers and consumers nationwide to open bank accounts.

City’s Tourism Generated Record $61.3 Billion

February 3, 2015
By Stephanie West


New York, NY — New York City reached an all-time record of 56.4 million visitors in 2014. Tourism generated a record $61.3 billion in overall economic impact, supporting 359,000 related jobs and $21 billion in wages.

A Wage Floor Forces Employers To Pay Better

January 22, 2015
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

It has become a staple of the neoclassical economics model that when productivity increases, then so too will wages. Why is this? Because in a competitive market each worker receives the value of his or her marginal product, which is the amount of an increase in say a unit of labor.

Jobs Increase But Wages Stagnate

January 12, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - The Labor Department has reported that the U.S. created more jobs in 2014 than any year since 1999, but paychecks continue to decline. With jobs increasing across the U.S., wages are now the nation’s chief economic concern.

AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund Grows to $6 Billion!

December 30, 2014
By Mike Stotz, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation President


Washington, DC - In just two months the AFL-CIO Equity Index Fund—already the fastest growing investment program in AFL-CIO history—raised an additional one billion dollars in new investments from more than a dozen pension plans. That means that we now have more than six billion dollars in committed funds!

New York Funds Affordable Housing Projects

December 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel


More than $16.5 million has been awarded for the construction of 240 new units of affordable housing across the State. “All New Yorkers should have a safe and decent place to call home, and today we’re taking another step toward making that goal a reality,” Governor Cuomo said.

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