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Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

Senate Fails to Renew Emergency Unemployment Aid

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released this statement after a procedural vote on extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits failed in the Senate:

Today the Senate once again failed to approve an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, 40 days after the benefit was allowed to lapse. The bill fell short by one Republican vote. 

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Trade Deficit Numbers Show Policy Changes Needed

Trade Deficit Numbers Show Policy Changes Needed

The trade deficit numbers released today provide more evidence that U.S. trade policy needs to change, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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Trumka: Failure to Extend Unemployment Insurance Is 'Shameful'

Photo courtesy Senate Democrats

On Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to call on the Senate to pass Reed's bill that would reinstate extended unemployment insurance benefits for three months, retroactive to December. In the 38 days since the benefits lapsed for workers who have been unable to find jobs for more than six months, 1.7 million job seekers are without much-needed payments. A preliminary vote is set on the Reed bill Thursday, with Republicans expected to continue filibustering the benefit extension. If the bill fails, more than 3 million additional Americans are expected to lose benefits by the year's end.

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The AFL-CIO Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka with Lilly Ledbetter.

Check out the AFL-CIO's officers and policy team's reactions to the State of the Union (after the jump). 

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The Voices of Unemployed Workers

It's been a month since extended unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed workers expired and there's still little evidence that Republicans in Congress are going to do anything about it. Democrats, on the other hand, are more than willing to provide much-needed help to workers who have been unable to find work for six months or longer.  

Call your representatives at 877-318-0483 and urge them to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension. 

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Let's Stop the Fast Track to Bigger Trade Deficits and Lower Wages

Let's Stop the Fast Track to Bigger Trade Deficits and Lower Wages

Congress is considering new legislation that would Fast Track new trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), moving them through Congress more quickly by limiting the transparency, accountability and oversight necessary for such trade deals to serve America's working families rather than extreme corporate interests. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Fast Track legislation, and the AFL-CIO has launched a petition calling on Congress to oppose this undemocratic and anti-worker legislation.  

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Trumka Has Some Ideas for President Obama's State of the Union Speech

Trumka Has Some Ideas for President Obama's State of the Union Speech

On a telephone press conference, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said he was optimistic about 2014 and that the United States was going to create good jobs and a good base for future prosperity. He said he hopes that when Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address in two weeks, the president will borrow a few lines from a speech Trumka is giving today at the U.N. Summit on Climate Change, in particular, from this section of the speech he's giving to business leaders, politicians, global allies and community groups (after the jump).

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Trumka: Senate Republicans’ Failure to Support Unemployment Insurance Extension Is 'Appalling'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement last night responding to the Senate Republicans' failure to support an extension of the emergency unemployment benefits (after the jump).

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Senate Passes Lopsided House Budget, Unemployment Insurance Extension Still Up in the Air

Photo via Bernard Pollack

The U.S. Senate passed the House bipartisan budget agreement (64–36) last night, sending it to President Barack Obama, who has signaled he supports the package. 

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Get Ready for Some Real Talk with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Get Ready for Some Real Talk with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Tomorrow at 8 a.m. EST, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will join POLITICO's Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen as he takes POLITICO Playbook live for a morning conversation about policy, politics and the news of the day.

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