In a new op-ed for the Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains the key reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for working people, both in the United States and overseas. Trumka describes the deal by saying that "the TPP is a giveaway to big corporations, special interests and all those who want economic rules that benefit the wealthy few."
One of the billionaires crusading to cut working people’s Social Security now has his sights set on making the Trans-Pacific Partnership look like a sweet deal. Hint: It’s not.
Pete Peterson’s think tank, Peterson Institute for International Economics, just released a study in January 2016 predicting great economic growth from the TPP. But the PIIE methods are so detached from reality that the conclusions are wrong. Here are the reasons why.
In 2016, 10 states will be putting into place restrictive voting laws that they will be enforcing for the first time in a presidential election. These laws range from new hurdles to registration to cutbacks on early voting to strict voter identification requirements. Collectively, these 10 states are home to more than 80 million people and will wield 129 of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.
Something we can do right now to combat pay inequality in the workplace is talk with our co-workers about our salaries. While Congress works to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to address the multiple barriers to pay equality, knowing our rights could help us now.
We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the DAPA and expanded DACA case, which will have profound consequences for our immigrant brothers and sisters who live and work every day under a cloud of fear, as well as for the state of racial and economic justice in our country. We are confident that the Court will reverse the Fifth Circuit and allow the DAPA and expanded DACA policies to go into effect, affording millions of people the opportunity to apply for work authorization and temporary protection from deportation. We encourage the Department of Homeland Security to take all steps necessary to ensure these much-needed policies can be implemented as soon as possible after the Court issues its decision this summer.
The deadline for public comments on the employment impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ended Jan. 13, and more 8,400 working people spoke out against it. Here are some highlights from the comments submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative (after the jump).
Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address, and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will be in the audience representing America's working people.
Watch the video above for her thoughts on what she hopes the president will address. What issues would you like to hear him talk about? Log in and leave your comments below.
The president will give his final State of the Union address tonight. Traditionally, this annual speech reviews the accomplishments of years past and sets out a “to-do” list for the year ahead. Although the White House has indicated that this year’s speech will be “nontraditional,” it has made clear the economy will be a major focus.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s large-scale deportations.
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