As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country.
In case you missed it, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke some powerful words at the Missouri AFL-CIO convention on Monday about racism and why the labor movement should care about the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Above is the full speech, but below are some highlights.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined a diverse group of organizations and leaders from all walks of life in signing on to a letter to President Barack Obama calling for real solutions after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement after several anti-worker bills were defeated in the Missouri legislature:
Defeating the attempt in Missouri to enact so-called “Right-to-Work” and paycheck deception legislation sends a strong signal that working people will stand together to prevail over outrageous attacks on their rights. This victory is a testament to common-sense bipartisanship and a direct blow to corporate interests whose goal is literally to hurt working people. Along with our allies, we’ll continue to build upon our successes and move forward to create better opportunities for all workers.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Missouri Republicans are attempting to pass "right to work" for less legislation and, despite claims that the legislation is pro-business and will help the state's economy, they can't seem to think of anyone the law would actually help. The state's speaker of the House, Tim Jones (R), was recently asked at a press conference to name businesses that would benefit from the law. His answer....
A new editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights the recent revelations about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its influence on state legislators. In particular, the editorial takes umbrage at a proposed loyalty oath for ALEC members that would have required them to place the extremist pro-corporate organization above the needs of constituents and the state and national constitutions.
While many of the country's most active working family advocates were in Los Angeles for the AFL-CIO national convention, the rest of the country continued to operate, with legislation, elections and judicial decisions of significant importance continuing to move forward. Here are eight stories you might have missed while the media's attention was focused on the convention.