At its February meeting, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, representing 57 affiliate unions, adopted several statements that covered energy and jobs, workers' rights and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and immigration, among other things.
The AFL-CIO supports a comprehensive energy policy focused on investing in our nation’s future, creating jobs and addressing the threat of climate change. It is clear that for the foreseeable future our nation will continue to use a wide range of energy sources—including both traditional sources like coal, oil and natural gas, and newer sources like wind, solar and nuclear. Any serious effort to tackle climate change must begin with ensuring we use a range of tools, including policy incentives and technology, to make our economy more energy efficient and by doing so to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from all of these sources.
Read the rest of the Energy and Jobs statement here.
The AFL-CIO reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring 11 million aspiring Americans will have a pathway to citizenship:
The time for reform is now. In November, American voters soundly rejected the pro-corporate and anti-immigrant agenda advanced by those who have stood in the way of comprehensive reform. President Obama enters his second term with a mandate to fight for and pass immigration reform. Members of our unions, like the rest of the American public, strongly support reform that includes a road map to citizenship for aspiring Americans who love this country and call it home. As this process moves forward, it is essential the American public have confidence that our borders are secure.
Read the rest of The Time Is Now for Immigration Reform.
The Executive Council reacted to the recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision on President Obama's recent NLRB recess appointments:
The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Noel Canning is unprecedented, and it is sweeping in its potential reach. By the court’s logic, more than 300 recess appointments made by Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Obama and both Presidents Bush were invalid—including 141 appointments made by President George W. Bush alone. It’s a shocking and far-reaching decision that dramatically and painfully illustrates the consequences of Senate Republicans exploiting Senate rules to prevent President Obama from getting all but two of his nominees confirmed to the NLRB and any of his nominees confirmed to the District of Columbia Circuit.
Read the rest of Workers' Rights and the NLRB here.
The Executive Council also encouraged local unions and affiliates to collaborate with Working America (AFL-CIO's community affiliate) on field campaigns and organizing in the states.
See all the adopted statements from the February 2013 meeting here.