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Americans are Seeking Out Good Union Jobs

January 28, 2015
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC - The recent release of the annual union membership numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in this economic recovery, people are either seeking out good union jobs or taking matters into their own hands by forming unions to raise wages and ensure that new jobs are good jobs.

Hillary’s Lead Over GOP Frontrunners Shrinks

January 28, 2015
By John Zogby

Washington, DC - The January Zogby Analytics Poll shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton keeping her leads over possible GOP contenders in 2016 - but her leads narrowing significantly.

Worker Advocates to Cuomo: You're Coming Up Short!

January 27, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Governor Andrew can do better.

New York, NY - Worker advocates fighting to bring a $15 an hour minimum wage to the Empire State have rejected Governor Cuomo’s proposal to modestly bump up the existing rate, saying the chief executive’s plan leaves New York far behind other progressive cities including Seattle and San Francisco. 

Thank You Barbara Boxer

January 27, 2015
By Sherrod Brown

It was a bittersweet moment when I heard that Senator Barbara Boxer was retiring.

She’s served the families of California in Congress for three decades. Her list of accomplishments is far too long for this article. She’s stood up for privacy rights, for the right to choose, and for American workers’ retirement accounts for a long time.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Labor Movement

January 26, 2015
By Council Member I. Daneek Miller

In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would like to use this opportunity, the first of a regular column I will be publishing with LaborPress, to address an often overlooked facet of Dr. King’s legacy: his crusade for economic justice.

Kentucky Labor Sues to Kill Local Union-Shop Bans

January 26, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Hoping to squelch an infestation of county laws banning the union shop, a group of Kentucky labor unions have asked a federal court in Louisville to invalidate them.

Pollster: The Political Battle for 2016 Has Begun

January 22, 2015
By John Zogby

Washington, DC—The battle for the presidential elections in 2016 has begun. A President who has taken credit for extricating the U.S. from two major wars in the Middle East just launched a new one on Tuesday evening, figuratively speaking. The battlefield is more about the future than the present.

President Obama Advocating for Working Families

January 22, 2015
By Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO President

Washington, DC - President Obama eloquently and forcefully advocated for working families throughout his State of the Union Address. The President’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access to education and earned leave sent the right message at the right time.


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