26 Jun Join together to get ahead

The Labor Wire June 26, 2018   On the eve of a likely ruling against workers in Janus v. AFSCME, leading economists continue to say unions are the best tool to raise pay and standards for working people. A recent paper by Henry Farber, Daniel Herbst, Ilyana Kuziemko and Suresh Naidu draws on a huge number of data sources and concludes that as unionization rises, inequality falls. This news comes just as a major study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that the portion of the American workforce who would vote today to join or form a union jumped by an unprecedented 50%, as more and more of us realize that standing together is the best way to get ahead. Message of the Day -- Join Together to Get Ahead --   When workers use our collective power, we can demand and win better pay and access to health care and retirement security. Over the past 40 years, as CEOs and their politicians have rigged the economy against working people and made it harder to join together in unions, our economic mobility has suffered. Workers, especially young people, have begun to realize the importance of solidarity as an answer to the economic worries that keep us up at night, things like student debt, the high cost of housing and low pay. Economists, too, are turning away from bankrupt free market fantasies and back toward ideas that work, like collective bargaining, which allow us to stand together and get a fair share of what we produce. This is good news for America’s working people, because we want new economic rules so our families and communities can thrive. Kitchen Table Economics   68%: That’s how many workers between the ages of 18 and 29 see unions favorably, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.   Take Action   Stand together for working people’s freedom!               Source:  The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   June 26, 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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