Activists rallied in front of the Beacon Street Dunkin' Donuts in Boston to build support for a bill in the state legislature that would require employers to give earned sick leave hours to their employees. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Dan Wolf and state Rep. Kay Khan and would ensure that workers get one hour of sick time for each 30 hours they work, up to a maximum of at least 40 hours a year, depending on the size of the company (smaller companies have some exemptions).
Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, sends us this open letter.
I am sure that many of you share my frustration at trying to sift through campaign commercials and talking points to find out where the candidates for president really stand on issues that are important to you. Part of the problem is Mitt Romney’s habit of changing his positions to suit his audience.
One thing he can’t change is his record. I had a front-row seat for Mitt Romney’s term as governor of Massachusetts. His positions and his actions on the issues that have a direct impact on building and construction trades workers were not good for our members.
AFT’s "Your Vote–Your Right–Their Futures” bus tour is rolling through Florida this week building support and getting out the vote for President Obama and other working family candidates. AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, along with local and state AFT officials and members, will meet with union and community election volunteers and activists for rallies, marches and neighborhood walks.
Check out the AFL-CIO's new Innovators website feature, "Not Your Daddy's Labor Movement," here.
Leave behind what you know about Robert's Rules of Order and structured union meetings. A new generation of emerging labor leaders across the country is bringing young workers together in paintball games, music festivals, trivia nights and pub crawls—all with an activist edge.
Aliza Levine, council organizer for the North Shore Labor Council, AFL-CIO, sends us this.
Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, more than 50 union members and community allies rallied outside of Greater Lynn Senior Services in Massachusetts to celebrate the decision. The crowd, which included members of the North Shore Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Massachusetts Senior Action Council, noted that although the Supreme Court upheld the health care decision, the very services it protects are at risk if the budget proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) passed.
Mitt Romney was for health care reform before he was against it—like just about every issue he’s taken multiple positions on.
Today, Romney declared he would repeal the nation’s health care reform law even though it was upheld this morning by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In doing so, Romney would take away health care coverage from more than 3.1 million young adults covered under their parents’ plans and put at risk more than 105 million Americans who are now benefiting from the elimination of lifetime limits and the coverage of preventive services without cost-sharing. To read more about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, click here.
Some 85 union members, community activists and students age 35 and younger took part in the 2nd Annual “Organizing Our Future” conference hosted by the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee at the Boston Teachers Union Hall. The goal of the conference on Sunday was to empower, educate and connect young union members around Boston to be more knowledgeable and active in their local unions, in their communities and the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee.
AFL-CIO communications staffer Nora Frederickson sends us this report.
As the congressional Super Committee’s deadline for a federal deficit reduction plan nears, more than 2,600 teachers, ironworkers, construction workers, nurses and others took to the streets in Massachusetts in recent days with a single message: no cuts.