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America’s Infrastructure Is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

America’s Infrastructure Is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

This month, I joined the chairman of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other leaders to call on our nation to act now on a pressing need—bringing our infrastructure into the 21st century.

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Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working families, labor leaders and community activists sent a clear message on Wednesday: The labor movement will continue its efforts to build worker power for immigrants and will not wait for politicians or the courts to act. Speaking on the day before deferred action was scheduled to start, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined other leaders, including United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Executive Vice President Esther López, Bricklayers (BAC) President James Boland and National Day Laborer Organizing Network Director of Legislative Affairs Salvador Sarmiento, and immigrant workers who are members of UNITE HERE and the Ironworkers unions. Together, they vowed to defend the new deferred action programs and continue pushing for immigration reform with a road map to citizenship, while raising grave concerns about enforcement programs that undermine workers’ rights and destroy communities. 

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Trumka: America's Working Families Need Action on Currency Manipulation

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Last week I issued a statement on the importance of packaging the customs bill with Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance if senators actually were serious about strengthening U.S. trade enforcement. 

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APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

APWU Day of Action Calls for 'Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!'

On Thursday, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and its allies participated in more than 120 events in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The events rallied supporters in opposition to plans to privatize postal service and close offices and in support of good jobs, a good contract and the workers' ability to provide good service for customers. Actor Danny Glover has been a spokesperson for the campaign and continues his support today.

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Trumka: CEOs Are the New Royalty in America

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the 2015 edition of Executive Paywatch, income inequality, and companies like Walmart that are leaders in overpaying their CEOs and underpaying their workers.

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Fast Track Fails to Advance in Senate

A bill promoting Fast Track authority for international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership failed to gather enough votes to advance today. On a largely party-line vote, the measure got 52 votes, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome a possible filibuster and bring the legislation to the floor.

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TWU Leader Testifies Before Congress About the Importance of Transportation Funding

Recently, Transport Workers (TWU) President Harry Lombardo testified before Congress on the importance of infrastructure funding, particularly the reauthorization of MAP-21, federal surface transportation funding. Despite the importance of infrastructure to public safety and the economy, and the key role working families play in maintaining and updating our infrastructure, this was the first time the president of TWU testified before Congress in more than a decade.

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Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Today marks the launch of the third annual Infrastructure Week, sponsored by more than 80 labor, business and community organizations that are teamed up to make sure that America's infrastructure gets much-needed upgrades in order to maintain public safety and to make sure we have the roads, bridges, railways and other vital parts of our economy. Events will be held across the country this week, including an advocacy day where working families and their allies will talk to legislators about making sure we have the funding to upgrade our infrastructure to make sure we're safe and prepared for the future.

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Stand Up Against Workplace Violence for National Nurses Week

Stand Up Against Workplace Violence for National Nurses Week

Being a nurse is challenging enough without facing violence in the workplace, but that's exactly what many nurses in California hospitals have been facing for many years. There currently are no violence prevention programs in place to protect the state's health care professionals from on-the-job assaults. Not only is staff safety a concern, but it becomes a public safety issue when patients can't be confident in their own safety, either.

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Something Hard to Understand

Each week, another candidate throws a hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential campaign—a constant reminder that President Barack Obama is at the end of his term. Currently, the president is engaged in a high-stakes battle, twisting the arms of the Democratic Party base and pressuring his close congressional allies, like the Congressional Black Caucus, to help salvage his attempt to hammer through a multination “trade” agreement with Pacific Ocean rim nations. That is simply very hard to understand.

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