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12 Sep Parents want well-funded local schools

The Labor Wire Three out of four parents of public school students say public education is good or excellent, and nearly as many want to keep high-quality neighborhood public schools with more funding and less emphasis on standardized tests, says a new nationwide poll from the AFT. Message of the Day—Parents Want Well-Funded Local Schools The members of AFT know how important it is to listen to parents when charting a course for public education, which is why the union conducted a major survey of 1,200 public school parents from across our nation. Only one in five parents endorses the agenda of vouchers and charter schools put forward by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration. Four in five parents want high-quality, well-funded neighborhood public schools with a focus on safety, well-being and a culture of collaboration. Parents also expressed enormous confidence (71% and higher) in educators, including teachers, principals and parent organizations. On the subject of public school priorities, parents want smaller class sizes, more resources for art and music, healthier food, less emphasis on standardized tests, and more access to career and technical education to prepare students for jobs. Kitchen Table Economics 23%: Betsy DeVos’ approval rating among public school parents, according to a new nationwide poll. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund!     Source: The Labor Wire...

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11 Sep Train, Build and Invest

The Labor Wire This 16th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil finds a nation facing the long road of recovering from not one but two hurricanes. This is a good time for all of us to remember those who died 16 years ago, for all who gave their lives for our nation and for the first responders who so selflessly respond to every disaster and crisis. Message of the Day—Train, Build and Invest America’s answer to the devastation of hurricanes and torrential rains in the flood-swept Southeast and Gulf Coast should be massive investments to rebuild, yes, but also to prepare America for a prosperous future. The AFL-CIO has long advocated for heavy-duty investments in America’s infrastructure, money measured not by the billion but the trillion. Massive infrastructure investments will do more than put Band-Aids on the afflicted regions. The right investments will revitalize the areas torn by wind and water—and also the rest of our country—creating millions of good-paying jobs from coast to coast, spurring investment in America’s domestic manufacturing and laying the groundwork for a whole new generation of innovative private industries. The time to invest is now. The cost is low. The need is high. And with prevailing wage rules and apprenticeship training, these investments will lift up long-neglected communities and help women, veterans and people of color acquire skills and rewarding careers. Kitchen Table Economics $300,000: That’s how much more, on average, an American worker earns who has completed an apprenticeship program, over his or her lifetime. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund! Source: The Labor Wire...

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08 Sep Unity is American

The Labor Wire Working people across America are united in our concern for the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These storms are shaking the foundation of our world. Union members continue to give our time, labor and hard-earned money so damaged communities can recover. We won't stop until the work is done, even as we pray for everyone in the path of the storms. Message of the Day  - Unity Is American America's working  people stand together in the hardest times, such as this past week when utility and public service workers labored selflessly to maintain and rebuild vital water, sewage and electrical systems as Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas. Working people in Florida are preparing to do the same today. America's working people are the backbone of our nation. We are its beating heart. After we work to save and rebuild the lives affected by these storms, we will rebuild our communities by standing in unity and negotiating together with our employers for a better life. Kitchen Table Economics 63%: That's how many Americans don't have enough in savings to cover a $500 emergency, which is one reason why disasters like hurricanes punish working families so hard. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund!       Source: The Labor Wire...

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07 Sep Raise pay with disaster relief

Labor Wire As Florida braces for one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded, in Texas nearly three dozen unions and central labor councils delivered items and services to those in need as the Lone Star State continues to dig out from the wreckage and flooding left by Hurricane Harvey. Message of the Day—Raise Pay with Disaster Relief Hurricanes and other disasters disproportionately hit poor people and communities of color. Public efforts to rebuild Texas and, if need be, Florida, as well as other regions damaged by disasters, should include raising pay and decreasing inequality. As we rebuild, we should fully invest to meet America’s infrastructure needs that have gone unmet for so long. The investments will create millions of new jobs, train workers for rewarding careers in the building and construction trades, and leave America better prepared for future weather events. Kitchen Table Economics 26 million: That’s how many people worldwide are pushed into poverty by natural disasters every year. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund!     Source:  Labor Wire...

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06 Sep Immigration law should raise pay

In another day of protests, a loud crowd rallied in front of the White House against President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 800,000 tax-paying and law-abiding immigrants who came to the United States as children. The AFL-CIO supports DACA because it empowers all working people and because the program raises pay. "When you target the DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status to take away freedom and security, we are all under attack, and we will all fight back," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Message of the Day - Immigration Law Should Raise Pay Immigration policy should raise wages and reduce exploitation by expanding rights and protections to all workers, not by terrorizing law-abiding people. The DACA program proves the power of this approach because the average hourly pay of its nearly 800,000 recipients rose by an astounding 69%, which increased tax revenue and raised standards for all working people. The bad decision to end DACA will lead to 30,000 people losing their jobs each month, and the loss of $400 billion from the U.S. gross domestic product. The decision to take freedom and security from some 800,000 people will increase the pool of vulnerable workers in our country and embolden bad employers to retaliate against working men and women who try to organize on the job or speak out against abusive or dangerous working conditions. Kitchen Table Economics 100%: That's how many of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are law-abiding, with no criminal record at all. Take Action Support freedom for immigrants!         Source: Labor Wire...

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Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA chant slogans and hold signs while joining a Labor Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but with a six-month delay, according to two people familiar with the decision-making. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

05 Sep Immigrants belong in unions

Today, President Donald Trump moved to take away work authorization from nearly 800,000 young immigrants and to terminate DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program put in place to protect immigrants who came to the United States as children. The AFL-CIO opposes the move. "The labor movement will stand with these brave young workers and fight for legislation so the contributions they make are celebrated, not assaulted," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Message of the Day -  Immigrants Belong in Unions America's labor movement is a natural home for new immigrants who wish to work hard for economic security and social justice. The AFL-CIO is united in a powerful movement to build an immigration system that represents the needs and interests of all working people. We can stop the race to the bottom in wages and standards by standing together, all of us, regardless of what we look like, who we love, how we worship or where we were born. Every person who needs a paycheck to live suffers when millions of people who are American in every way but on paper live and work in fear of arrest and deportation. Real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship is a critical piece of our working family agenda to raise pay, lift labor standards and empower workers. Kitchen Table Economics More than 1,800: That's how many governors, attorneys general, mayors, state representatives, judges, police chiefs and other leaders have signed on to a letter supporting “dreamers” and DACA recipients. Take Action Add your name to protect immigrants at work!           Source: Labor Wire...

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29 Aug We stand with Texas

“As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another,” Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said. Message of the Day—We Stand with Texas The top priority of all working people in Texas and around the country is saving everybody whose lives are endangered by the unparalleled devastation of Hurricane Harvey. It’s always amazing, but never surprising, to see and hear of the heroic lengths that infrastructure, utility, first responders and public service workers go to in protecting and maintaining life-saving systems in nearly impossible situations. Working people everywhere applaud the selfless efforts of people helping each other as drenching rain continues to fall, and we pray for those still in danger. The AFL-CIO stands prepared to do all it can to assist the people of Texas in this difficult time, now and in the rebuilding to come. Kitchen Table Economics 1.3 million: That’s how many homes in and around Houston that likely don’t have flood insurance, even as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey dump more rain in a few days than the area gets in a typical year. Take Action Join the effort for Texas!       *Source: Labor Wire...

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21 Aug CWA unity raises pay

Strong unions of working people continue to deliver results. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), in negotiations with AT&T West and DirecTV, won pay raises, better health care and stronger retirement security. America’s working people congratulate the members of CWA, and thank each worker for helping to raise the bar for the rest of us. Message of the Day—CWA Unity Raises Pay CWA members in California and Nevada ratified an agreement with AT&T West that provides for wage increases, pension improvements and other gains, while blocking AT&T's demands for givebacks that would have cut pay, hiked up health care costs and taken away sick days from current employees. For 2,200 DirecTV technicians and workers in those states, this contract means improvements in health care, work rules and, for many, the first wage increase in more than two years. Overall, more than 10,000 DirecTV workers nationwide now have a voice and a contract. The AFL-CIO is committed to giving every worker the freedom to negotiate for a better life. Kitchen Table Economics 8 years: That’s how long the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25, during which time it has lost nearly 13% of its purchasing power because of inflation. Take Action Support rights for immigrant working people!         Source: Labor Wire...

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20 Jul No Corporate Trade Deal!

The NAFTA objectives from President Donald Trump are a failure because they won’t protect jobs or raise wages. If the new North American Free Trade Agreement follows this lead, the deal will be just like the corporate-written ones Trump campaigned against during the election. The objectives would even allow Mexico and Canada to continue to bypass “Buy American” rules. Working people will fight for a good deal...

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18 Jul Our Priority is Good Jobs

Working people again have stopped Republican leaders from gutting health care to give more tax cuts to the rich and powerful. While remaining steadfast on health care, we also are looking to the next big policy fights. One will be over the federal budget. We will mobilize to defeat any proposal that hurts working families. Message of the Day—Our Priority Is Good Jobs The budget priorities of working people are simple. We want: Massive investments in America’s infrastructure, including mass transit, to create jobs, increase competitiveness and bring more workers into apprenticeship programs for a lifetime in the skilled trades. Long-term investment in public education, from pre-K through graduate schools, which includes basic research for the next generation of innovation. Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to make sure more people have access to quality, affordable health care and a secure retirement. Kitchen Table Economics 38,000: That’s how many workers in Missouri have been cheated out of a raise by the Republican majority in the state legislature, which lowered the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 an hour to $7.70 WTF (We Think It’s Funny) “Curses!” shouts fist-shaking Meals on Wheels ringleader as President Trump cuts off gravy train. Take Action Wall Street should pay its fair share!        ...

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