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It’s Great to See Progress of Transportation Legislation in the Senate

This week, under the dedicated leadership of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Boxer, the ranking member of the committee, the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act) advanced.

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Trumka Asserts King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.

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Trumka: Haley Needs to Go Beyond the Flag

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) calling for the removal of the confederate flag from the state Capitol.

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Today Is the National Call-In Day to Stop Fast Track

The time to stop Fast Track is now or never. This terrible trade negotiation policy recently passed in the Senate. And now that Congress is back from vacation, its expected to bring Fast Track to a vote any day now. Some of our lawmakers already have committed to stand with their wealthy campaign donors and support Fast Track. But many of our elected officials still can be moved—especially if we remind them that we vote.

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America’s Infrastructure Is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

America’s Infrastructure Is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

This month, I joined the chairman of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other leaders to call on our nation to act now on a pressing need—bringing our infrastructure into the 21st century.

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Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Jim Kenney, a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter, won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia after running a campaign as a strong raising wages champion. Once considered a long shot to win the primary, Kenney's victory joins a growing list of candidates who win elections by focusing on lifting workers up and creating pathways to the American Dream. In 2013, union member Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral race and Bill de Blasio won in New York City after similarly advocating strongly on behalf of working families.

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Trumka: America's Working Families Need Action on Currency Manipulation

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Last week I issued a statement on the importance of packaging the customs bill with Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance if senators actually were serious about strengthening U.S. trade enforcement. 

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Trumka: CEOs Are the New Royalty in America

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the 2015 edition of Executive Paywatch, income inequality, and companies like Walmart that are leaders in overpaying their CEOs and underpaying their workers.

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Fast Track Fails to Advance in Senate

A bill promoting Fast Track authority for international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership failed to gather enough votes to advance today. On a largely party-line vote, the measure got 52 votes, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome a possible filibuster and bring the legislation to the floor.

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Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Today marks the launch of the third annual Infrastructure Week, sponsored by more than 80 labor, business and community organizations that are teamed up to make sure that America's infrastructure gets much-needed upgrades in order to maintain public safety and to make sure we have the roads, bridges, railways and other vital parts of our economy. Events will be held across the country this week, including an advocacy day where working families and their allies will talk to legislators about making sure we have the funding to upgrade our infrastructure to make sure we're safe and prepared for the future.

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