We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. This is a time when our nation recognizes the significant contributions Latinos make in the United States. We salute the contributions of Latino and immigrant workers and their families to our country and to our workforce. They give new strength to the American Dream and remind us that all labor has dignity. While it is a time to celebrate the diversity of a community that is projected to be one-third of our population in 2050, it is also a time to highlight the issues facing our Latino and immigrant brothers and sisters.
In an Op-Ed for The Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes about the need to pass the WAGE Act, which would expand and strengthen working people's rights to bring their voices together to improve workplace conditions and make it easier for those who work hard to support their families.
In advance of Labor Day, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will appear on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. The show airs Sunday, September 6, from 9-10 a.m. ET on NBC, and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in New York and Washington, D.C.
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.
China’s recent currency devaluation—by nearly 4% on Tuesday and Wednesday—provides further confirmation that the failure to include enforceable currency disciplines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves a gaping hole in U.S. trade policy.
In an op-ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the importance of increasing transparency in what companies pay their CEOs. He says that something is "terribly wrong" in the way our system currently works and that, at a minimum, the first step toward improving the situation is to reduce the secrecy around what these big corporations are doing.
Our country is addicted to cheap labor, and our broken immigration system helps to feed the addiction. Immigrant workers themselves are not to blame for stagnant wages in our country. The problem is caused by employers who put profits ahead of people, and trample rights and drive down standards in the process.