Shortcut Navigation:

AFL-CIO Now

Walmart’s Black Thursday Hits Paducah

Check out this graphic on AFL-CIO's Facebook page.

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

James Vetato planned to spend Black Friday wearing out shoe leather on a picket line at the Southside Walmart in Paducah, Ky.

"Now I'll be there Thanksgiving night, too," Vetato said. "Walmart has announced it will be open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night, which will prevent a lot of the associates from spending the holiday with their families.”

Help spread the word about Walmart strikers by sharing the United States of Walton infographic (above) on Facebook

Read more and comment »

Latino Heritage Month Celebrates Latino Working Families

Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Latino Heritage Month, offers a time to recognize the contributions of the nearly 47 million Latinos living in the United States and to highlight the issues facing our Latino brothers and sisters.

Read more and comment »

Top Catholic Bishop Urges Focus on Poverty, Joblessness

With more than 46 million people living in poverty in the United States and unemployment stuck at 9.1 percent, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is calling on other clergy to preach on the issue of   poverty and to educate church members and advocate for the poor and unemployed.

Read more and comment »

Send Condolence Cards for Job Loss? Maybe Just Support Postal Workers

Maybe this is Hallmark’s answer to threats to cut more than 200,000 U.S. Postal Service jobs, end Saturday delivery and shut down post offices. The greeting card company now offers condolence cards for people who have lost their jobs.

Read more and comment »

In New Hampshire, Pro-Union Candidates Win 4 of 4 Special Elections

AFL-CIO communications staffer Nora Frederickson sends us this report from New Hampshire.

Union-endorsed working family candidates have gone for four-for-four in the special elections held after Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien rolled out an anti-middle class agenda that puts partisan high-horsing above the needs of Granite Staters. Peter Leishman, a Democrat from Hillsborough, swept the final special election for state representative by an astounding 20-point margin on Tuesday night.

Read more and comment »

Kentucky Labor Institute Raises Labor’s Voice, Image

Dave Suetholz says he got fed up with “the right wing’s effective use of the echo chamber through its network of reactionary think tanks and media.”

Read more and comment »

Are Companies in Your Area Breaking the Law? Find Out

Are companies in your area violating laws on the minimum wage, overtime pay and child labor? You can find out on Working America’s updated and improved Job Tracker.

Read more and comment »

Report: Black Wealth Has Nearly Disappeared

The failing economy has caused wealth for black households to all but disappear, according to a shocking new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Since 1983, median wealth for black households fell by nearly two-thirds from $6,300 to $2,200 in 2009—a decrease of more than 65 percent.

Read more and comment »

Update: You Stopped the Attack! Act Now to Stop the Latest Attack on the NLRB

UPDATE: Senate voted 15-15 on the Graham amendment, meaning it’s now dead. Thanks to everyone who took action yesterday to cut short this attack on the NLRB.

and Shortly this afternoon, Senate Republicans will press forward with a political agenda that does the bidding of big corporations and leaves working people behind. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is pushing an extreme amendment to curb the ability of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to do its job.

Read more and comment »

Help Locked-Out American Crystal Families

AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer sends us this report:

The 1,300 workers at American Crystal Sugar have been locked-out  for seven weeks. Management locked out the  employees,  members of the Bakery, Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) on  Aug. 1, after they rejected the company’s final offer by a more than nine-to-one margin.

Read more and comment »

Global Unions Demand G-20 Focus on Jobs

The global union movement is calling on the labor ministers of the world’s top economies, known as the G-20, to create millions of new jobs around the world. In a statement prepared for the labor ministers meeting next week in Paris, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) and Global Unions say 110 million jobs are needed by 2015 just to return G-20 countries to pre-crisis levels. That’s 22 million new jobs every year. Read the global unions’ statement here.

Read more and comment »

Online Community

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Are you a union member?

GET TEXT FROM AFL-CIO

*Message and data rates may apply.

Facebook Favorites

Blogs

Join Us Online