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AFL-CIO Remains Committed to Raising Wages, Better Trade Policy, Racial Justice and a Just Immigration System

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada speaks at the July 2015 AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued several important policy statements at its July meeting. In addition to discussing policy priorities, the council met with five 2016 presidential candidates. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement last night (after the jump). 

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Medicare Plays Vital Role in Long-Term Financial Security of Working Families

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On today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement.

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It's Past Time to Stop the Revolving Door Between Wall Street and Financial Regulators

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The job of U.S. financial regulators is a vitally important one. A well-regulated Wall Street is essential to create an economy that works for working people. Regulators protect the stability of financial markets and help us avoid crises. Because of the important role these regulators serve, it's vital that there be no conflict of interest when it comes to protecting the health of our economy and working families' investments. 

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Trumka Calls on Congress to Cancel Early Recess

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the House Republican leadership's decision to go on recess.

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With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

A migrant worker in Malaysia. Photo Credit: Malaysia Trades Union Congress.

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. 

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It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased

It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. A worker with a full-time minimum wage job earns just $14,500 annually—a salary that would put a single parent of two children below the poverty line. It is past time to raise the minimum wage to a level that provides working people with economic stability, instead of trapping them in poverty. 

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Democrats Introduce Bill to Make #SchedulesThatWork

Last week, Democrats, led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Bobby Scott (Va.), introduced a bill, the Schedules That Work Act, which would push employers in fields with known scheduling abuses to create predictable and stable schedules and would protect workers who ask for schedule changes. Under the legislation, workers in fields with a record of scheduling abuses—such as food service, retail and cleaning—would get their work schedules two weeks in advance and workers would receive additional pay for being put on call without any guarantee of work, being scheduled for a split shift, if they report to work and are sent home early, or they receive schedule changes without at least 24-hour notice. Employers would be required to consider and respond to all schedule requests and grant those requests based on health, care for children or the elderly, a second job, continuing education, or job training, unless there is a legitimate business reason not to do so.

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Raising Wages by Expanding Overtime Pay

Imagine this: You’re a manager at a local convenience store. You supervise staff, justify inventory, hire and fire hourly workers and even share some of their responsibilities. You like your job, but it pays only $30,000 a year, and you’re still required to work from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was meant to protect our economy from Wall Street greed. The legislation was passed into law in response to the 2008 financial crisis, which caused home foreclosures for millions of families and long-term unemployment for tens of millions of workers.

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California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

The most powerful, well-funded corporate special interest front group in America is coming to California this month. The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is simple: shower the 1% with special privileges and advantages at the expense of everyone else. ALEC's agenda is an affront to progress. It’s an affront to basic rights. It’s an affront to democracy.

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