While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013. The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.
You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions.
“Currency manipulation” is a term that describes the practice of a government intervening in foreign currency markets in order to change the value of its own currency to gain an advantage. For instance, a government can go into the foreign exchange market, flood it with its currency while buying up lots of foreign currency or foreign government debt.
Shout out to Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 31 President Michael "Mac" McAnany for helping the Foo Fighters rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.—that's him driving his pickup with Dave Grohl and a sound system! Thanks, brother!
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.
Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.
In a unanimous decision, a federal appeals court reversed a district court and ruled that the Labor Department was within its authority to issue a rule change meant to provide home care workers with a minimum wage and overtime protections. The case is now remanded to the district court.
Today, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, a day that commemorates the 19th Amendment being ratified granting millions of women the right to vote. In the 95 years since, women have used their votes to better their lives, strengthen their families and protect their communities. But women have yet to maximize their power at the polls—about one-third of all U.S. women and nearly 40% of unmarried women are not registered to vote—or in the workplace. The labor movement provides almost 7 million women with a voice on the job through union membership and is a driving force in the fight for economic equality and security for women.
Its back-to-school time, which means many children, parents, teachers and college students are shopping for supplies. But it's important to choose wisely—and to boycott products from companies that seem to go out of their way to hurt working families.