Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Trump, Trade & 2016: "[Donald Trump] has successfully tapped into the anger and anxiety that a lot of people have, after four decades of flat wages and inequality growing. Unfortunately for him, his policy prescription is to double down on all the policies that got us to this position rather than to have things that will get us out and have an economy that really is shared prosperity."
Tech Workers Should Unionize: "It is true that the booming tech economy has warped San Francisco and all of Silicon Valley beyond recognition. It is true that the middle class (not to mention the lower class) is being completely priced out. There is also at least a grain of truth to the objections of those hated tech workers inside the bus, who will say that they are simply kids with a dream, doing what they love and that they never intended to become living symbols of income inequality."
Power Lunch: AFL-CIO Thea Lee Talks Free Trade: "There is no question that our trade policies to date have failed American workers and we need to change those policies. We need to change the focus of them toward good jobs, creating good jobs at home, protecting consumer safety and the environment, lifting up workers' rights and not corporate profits, which is where our trade policies are focused."
Do You Know Where Your Nabisco Treats Are Made?: "Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) working at Nabisco plants throughout the United States take great pride in producing the iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans’ lives for more than 50 years."
Trumka: Bad Trade Deals Kill American Jobs: "In an op-ed that appeared in USA Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explained why voters are so mad in this election."
Wall Street and Congress Team Up to Stop Worker Retirement Protections...Again: "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recently highlighted what Forbes called financial firms’ two-faced responses to the Department of Labor’s proposed rule to protect retirement investors from financial advisers’ conflicts of interest. In a letter to federal regulators, Warren and Cummings contrasted financial firms’ trashing of the rule when talking to policymakers with their message to shareholders that they shouldn’t worry—the rule is no big deal."
T-Mobile’s Dirty Secrets Exposed: Unfair Firings, Deceiving Customers and More: "Last week, award-winning labor and business reporter Steven Greenhouse published a comprehensive article on T-Mobile’s disgraceful labor and consumer practices."
Attack on Unions Is an Attack on Democracy: "It is ever thus. Unions have been under attack by business moguls in the United States since their inception, for no other reason than that they deliver higher pay and benefits so working people can sustain a family."
AFL-CIO Submits Amicus Brief in Support of Immigrant Working Families: "The AFL-CIO has submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. v. Texas case, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the injunction that is blocking several million hardworking immigrants from gaining a measure of increased dignity in their lives and security on the job. The brief explains the weak legal rationale relied upon by Texas and the other plaintiff states in claiming the right to challenge federal immigration policy in this case, a challenge that has, unfortunately, obstructed much-needed protections for long-standing members of our communities for more than a year."
Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities: "From domestic workers in New York City to garment workers in Bangladesh, women coming together to organize, demand fair treatment and address gender discrimination is critical to realizing women’s rights and economic justice. A new report from the AFL-CIO, the Rutgers Center for Women’s Global Leadership and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, Transforming Women’s Work: Policies for an Inclusive Economic Agenda, discusses the critical need to create an enabling environment for worker and community organizing, including inclusive macroeconomic and trade policies that promote decent work in the market and realign gender inequities in unpaid work in the home."
Former Immigration Judge Responds: No, Toddlers Can't Represent Themselves in Court: "The following is written by Eliza Klein, a retired U.S. immigration judge who sat on the bench in Miami, Boston and Chicago from 1994 to 2011, in response to the statements of Immigration Judge Jack. H. Weil who claims that toddlers can be taught to represent themselves in court...."
ITUC Report: Investment in Caregivers Would Boost Economy and Women in the Workforce: "A new study from the International Trade Union Confederation shows that investing in the care economy in seven countries would create 21 million jobs and address other problems related to aging populations and economic stagnation. The analysis looked at Australia, Denmark, German, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and found that an investment of just 2% of GDP would narrow the gender pay gap, reduce overall inequality and lower barriers to women's participation in the workforce."
Bad Trade Deals and Women: Lower Wages, Reduced Access to Lifesaving Health Care and Human Trafficking: "The theme for International Women's Day this year is gender parity, and while women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement, progress toward gender parity has slowed. And trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership does nothing to contribute to that parity and, in many cases, it will reinforce negatives such as downward pressure on wages, sex trafficking and reduced access to medicines."