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Executive Council Says New Coal Dust Standard Will ‘Save Miners’ Lives’

Executive Council Says New Coal Dust Standard Will ‘Save Miners’ Lives’

A new standard that limits miners’ exposure to the coal dust that causes black lung “will save miners’ lives,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved today at the council’s summer meeting at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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UAW's Bob King Talks About the Real 'Enemy' in the Fight to Restore Wages and Bargaining Power (and How We Can Stop It)

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The social compact is gone, said UAW President Bob King yesterday in Detroit, and if we want a growing middle class again, we need to restore it.

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Trumka: Unions Moving to Expand in the South

In an Op-Ed that ran in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka describes promising new ways workers are gaining a voice in the South:

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Workers, Unions Must Be Part of Detroit Solution, Says UAW’s King

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UAW President Bob King tells In These Times’ Molly M. Ginty:

If we restructure the city just like we restructured the auto industry, there’s hope that Detroit, too, can see a turnaround.

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Brazil and U.S. Union Leaders Sign Agreement to Respond to Global Financial and Employment Crisis

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On Wednesday, top leaders of Brazil's largest trade union federation, Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT), including President Vagner Freitas, João Felicio and Artur Henrique, met with U.S. union leaders at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for joint action, priorities and partnerships moving forward.

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N.H. Union Members Say ‘No’ to Romney

N.H. Union Members Say ‘No’ to Romney

More than 100 New Hampshire union members joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for a get-out-the-vote Obama–Biden rally today outside Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena, where Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak tonight. Also at the rally were UAW President Bob King, New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).   

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UAW Head Says Romney’s Jeep Claim Is a Wreck

UAW Head Calls Foul on Romney's Jeep Claims

UAW President Bob King has blasted presidential candidate Mitt Romney's false claim that Jeep is "thinking of moving all production to China," in a USA Today op-ed.

Romney's "meandering statements and plain falsehoods about the auto industry finally caught up to him earlier this week when he told a big whopper that cannot be squared with the truth," King said. "And, rather than take the opportunity to exhibit honesty and presidential character by correcting his misstatement, Romney doubled down with a misleading campaign spot about Jeep running in Ohio."

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Bob King, Workers Laid Off by Bain Show a Romney America

In 2008, at the height of the recession, Mitt Romney declared that government should “let Detroit go bankrupt” rather than providing federal aid to automakers. President Obama was a lot smarter than that. As a result of federal assistance, General Motors (GM) posted record profits and paid back its loans early, Chrysler paid back all its loans and hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers are on the job who otherwise would be out of work (click on chart to enlarge).

Karen Eusanio, a UAW Local 112 member and second generation auto worker, is one of those workers. Speaking last night at the Democratic National Convention, Eusanio recalled her struggle to support her children after GM laid her off, and the unpopularity of Obama’s plan to save the auto industry. Yet, President Obama didn’t think about the polls or the politics, said Eusanio.

He thought about the people. Because he put himself in our shoes, we’re back on our feet. Obama believed in us, he stood up for us.

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UAW President Bob King: Obama Made the Right Call on the Auto Bailout

UAW President Bob King: Obama Made the Right Call on the Auto Bailout

An excerpt from a USA Today column by UAW President Bob King:

The bankruptcy restructuring of General Motors (GM) and Chrysler in 2009 through the creation of new companies formed with assets purchased from those troubled companies was highly successful. Today GM and Chrysler are profitable, investing in America and creating jobs.

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Romney’s Attack on Autoworkers ‘Appalling’

While Mitt Romney is campaigning in Michigan this week, workers there are letting him know just how offensive they find his claim that “we should have let Detroit go bankrupt,” when the economy and the auto industry were about to collapse.

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