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14 Jun A better deal for workers

The Labor Wire June 14, 2018   Democrats in Congress this week introduced a key piece of legislation designed to combat growing inequality and strengthen working people’s right to fight for our economic rights. “All working people should have the freedom to join together to negotiate with their employers for better wages and working conditions,” said AFL‑CIO Government Affairs Director William Samuel in a letter urging members of Congress to support the bill. “Help us build an economy that works for all working families and not just the privileged few.” Message of the Day -- A Better Deal for Workers -- As corporations continue waging a full-blown assault on the freedoms of working people, our allies on Capitol Hill have introduced a piece of legislation that would mark an enormous step forward in the struggle for economic justice. The most recent proposal in congressional Democrats’ Better Deal agenda, the Workers’ Freedom to Negotiate Act, would enact several key provisions expanding collective bargaining rights, such as: Strengthening penalties against abusive and predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights. Combating misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors. Strengthening our right to strike for the wages, benefits and working conditions that we deserve. Creating a mandatory mediation and arbitration process to ensure that corporations and newly organized unions reach a first contract. Banning state laws that undermine our freedom to join together and negotiate. Protecting the integrity and fairness of union elections from employer propaganda.   Kitchen Table Economics   1%: Wage growth for the bottom 50% of Americans between 1980 and 2014.   Take Action   Support working people’s freedom!             Source:  Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   June 14, 2018...

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12 Jun You gotta fight for your right to vote

  The Labor Wire June 12, 2018   Conservatives on the Supreme Court yesterday backed Ohio officials’ efforts to purge tens of thousands of citizens from its voter rolls, likely opening the door for other states to take similar actions. Brought by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the suit argued that such aggressive actions amounted to unconstitutional restrictions that disproportionately target working people and communities of color. Message of the Day -- You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Vote --   Powerful right-wing interests are continuing to weaponize a fabricated epidemic of voter fraud in their assault on Americans’ voting rights. Yesterday, five justices sided with a wrong-headed law designed to deny targeted citizens’ constitutional right to vote. By inviting these deep-pocketed groups to continue their assault on voting rights, the Supreme Court has opened a floodgate of attacks on our democracy. Ohio’s voting restrictions—some of the most extreme in the country—begin the purging process if a voter misses one federal election cycle. If they miss a single mailed notice, their registration is then slated to be purged in four years. This extreme, unwarranted effort already has blocked tens of thousands of Ohioans from voting. With the court failing to protect our right to vote, it’s time for working people to double down and continue fighting for our collective voice. With right-wing forces as ambitious as ever, it has never been more important for the labor movement to mobilize and fight back. Kitchen Table Economics   144,000: Number of voters in Ohio’s three largest counties whose registration was purged before the 2016 election.   Take Action   Protect the right to vote!           Source:  Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   May 12, 2018...

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31 May Jobs, jobs, jobs

The Labor Wire May 31, 2018 Washington often misses the big picture by focusing on narrow details, like the monthly jobs report due out tomorrow from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This month’s numbers will likely continue a trend of modest job growth dating back to the administration of President Barack Obama, which pundits say is a success. Not so fast. We demand a robust program to create millions of jobs coupled with a $15 minimum wage, so regular working people can work hard to get ahead for a change. Message of the Day - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs The monthly jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have put the unemployment rate in the 4% range for months, which might sound rosy to some people. Yet more than 1.3 million unemployed workers in America have been looking fruitlessly for work for more than six months, and 5 million workers are stuck in part-time jobs while looking for full-time work. Wages for too many of us have remained stubbornly low. America’s working people demand better. We want federal and state legislation to lift the minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to the median wage. We want new appointments to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to be committed to full employment, which has been a sidelined priority of the Federal Reserve for far too long, and we want full employment to be measured by the growth of real wages in line with productivity. We want budget and tax policies that prioritize full employment and good-paying jobs, including massive and sustained investments in America’s infrastructure. The AFL‑CIO is committed to building power for a new set of economic rules so working people can earn rising pay and good benefits.   Kitchen Table Economics 20%: That’s how much less millennial workers earn when compared to the wages brought home by baby boomers at the same age.   Take Action Join a union! ...

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23 May Independent political power

The Labor Wire May 23, 2018 In special elections across the country, America’s labor movement has demonstrated our unity and independence as an electoral force for a working family agenda, which is a truth every political hopeful should heed in 2018. “If you want working people to rally around you, then you sure as hell better rally around us,” said AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) to Pennsylvania’s labor movement. “We don’t work for any political party. We want fair economic rules so working people can work hard and get ahead.” Message of the Day—Independent Political Power America’s working people laid out an ambitious agenda for building independent political power at the 2017 AFL‑CIO Convention in St. Louis, because it’s time for working people to write new economic rules so regular people can get ahead. Working people put that political independence to the test in local, state and federal elections across the country this year, and we proved that our passion and resources can make the difference for candidates who embrace a working family agenda. “We want more pro-labor Republicans and fewer corporate-beholden Democrats,” said AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka to a convention of the Boilermakers (IBB) last month. The AFL‑CIO is mobilizing working people to educate and register voters, to leaflet worksites and to turn out the vote for working family candidates, so we can elect leaders who will fight against Wall Street and for working family priorities. Kitchen Table Economics 4,987 to 1: That’s the ratio of pay between former Mattel CEO Margo Georgiadis and the median worker at the company who’s not a manager. That gap is an example of why we need new economic rules. Take Action Support working people’s freedom! Labor Wire, AFL-CIO May 23, 2018...

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