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Clawson: How Does Labor Go on the Offensive?

Clawson: How Does Labor Go on the Offensive?

As we get ready for the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention in September, we’re asking people like you what we can do together to make a better future for working people and to build a bigger and stronger labor movement. Daily Kos labor editor Laura Clawson gets the discussion going on the just-launched AFL-CIO 2013 Convention website with this question:

The sustained war on workers from the right has left unions trying to prevent rights from being weakened rather than setting the agenda. Where are the opportunities to play some offense?

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U.S. Seeks Action from Bahrain on Firings of Trade Unionists

This morning, acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris and acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis announced that the United States had finally requested consultations with the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain under the Labor Chapter of the United States–Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. We're pleased the U.S. government is moving ahead with consultations even though we had hoped this announcement would have been issued months ago.  Unfortunately, the campaign to dismantle the Bahraini labor movement has been moving much faster than the U.S. response.

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The AFL-CIO Initiative on the Future of Worker Representation: An International Conversation

Like many of our global counterparts, the AFL-CIO faces many challenges. Last year, the federal Bureau for Labor Statistics announced that the percentage of U.S. workers represented by unions fell in 2012 to levels not seen since the 1930s. In response, the AFL-CIO Executive Council reaffirmed its commitment to organizing a stronger, more inclusive labor movement. As part of this commitment, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, announced an initiative on the future of worker representation. The initiative will engage elected union leaders in the United States and globally, as well as their members and staff, workers, allies and experts, to gather information to ensure that workers continue to be represented at work and in the political arena and that the labor movement makes the changes necessary for a renewal of worker representation.

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Tell President Obama: Make Big Corporations Pay

Photo courtesy: Rob Rudloff

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is asking President Obama to make corporations pay their fair share, and they want you to join in and tell the president your own personal story about how increasing corporate taxation would help your life. A simple tool on the ATF website allows you to easily send the president your story.

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Daily Job Death Toll: 150 Workers

Photo Illustration by Tomswift46/Flickr

Today, 150 people will likely be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and disease. That deadly toll will continue tomorrow and the next day and the next until the nation “renews the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death,” and makes it a high priority, says the 2013 edition of the AFL-CIO’s Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.

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