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.
President Barack Obama needs to “go bold” with the upcoming revision of overtime pay rules expected shortly from the Department of Labor, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. In the video above, he says:
Hispanic Heritage Month offers a time to recognize the contributions of the nearly 53 million Hispanic workers living in the United States and to highlight the issues facing our community. One critical issue is the federal minimum wage. Every day, millions of Latinosgo to work but struggle to support themselves and their families. Working with unions in the labor movement, we have seen the positive impact of fair wages on the lives of workers and their families. As a Latina advocate for workers, I have witnessed the difference higher wages can make on living conditions for workers and on future opportunities for their children.
In New York City this morning at a forum discussing the need for family-friendly workplace policies, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez acknowledged working people coming together in unions is a driving force behind making strides in this area. Check out some tweets from Perez (after the jump).
It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his "War on Poverty." It was a time when the nation redefined its values, extending to millions of people the chance at last to be a part of the American Dream. A half century later, we have made enormous progress. But we still must do more to extend opportunity to those who live on society's margins. With patience, persistence and partnership, we can create economic opportunity for every person willing to work hard for it.
In its semi-annual report, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it is concerned that the two key federal agencies charged with protecting workers’ health and safety have the resources and ability to meet their workplace safety obligations.
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM) filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the Labor Department to ensure that migrant workers get fair wages. Earlier this year, the department instructed employers that they were required to pay H-2B visa workers market rate wages, but CDM says recently the department reversed this policy and told employers they could pay these workers wages below market value. The lawsuit seeks to overturn this policy change.