As the 2016 presidential election approaches, Republican candidates and corporate CEOs are seeking to undermine the unity of working people by employing the politics of fear and division. Time and again, they have tried ugly and manipulative ways to pit us against each other, but working people know that these tired attempts to divide us are simply a distraction from the important issues we face in our lives.
China’s recent currency devaluation—by nearly 4% on Tuesday and Wednesday—provides further confirmation that the failure to include enforceable currency disciplines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves a gaping hole in U.S. trade policy.
In an op-ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the importance of increasing transparency in what companies pay their CEOs. He says that something is "terribly wrong" in the way our system currently works and that, at a minimum, the first step toward improving the situation is to reduce the secrecy around what these big corporations are doing.
Our country is addicted to cheap labor, and our broken immigration system helps to feed the addiction. Immigrant workers themselves are not to blame for stagnant wages in our country. The problem is caused by employers who put profits ahead of people, and trample rights and drive down standards in the process.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled proposed revisions to federal overtime pay rules, which have eroded significantly since 1975. In this video, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls on the Labor Department to update the rules in order to benefit the lives of millions of working families in the United States. Please join us and submit your own comment.
This week, under the dedicated leadership of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Boxer, the ranking member of the committee, the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act) advanced.