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Working People Unite: ‘I'm with Chuck’

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In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

Chuck Jones is a man of passion, conviction and integrity who would do anything for his union brothers and sisters. USW President Leo W. Gerard is exactly right—Chuck is a hero. An attack on him is an attack on all working people.

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On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

Dec. 5 marks the anniversary of the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955. As we look toward the future, we remember that we can learn a great deal about ourselves as a movement of working people coming together from the past. 

Thanks to the University of Maryland, we can easily access George Meany's speech at the first joint AFL-CIO Convention in New York City. 

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AFT Pledges to Support Immigrants in Face of Trump Presidency

AFT Pledges to Support Immigrants in Face of Trump Presidency

In the wake of Donald Trump winning the presidency after a campaign that often targeted and scapegoated immigrants, Latinos and Muslims, the AFT has pledged to take concrete action to assist these groups, with a particular emphasis on assisting and defending undocumented students. AFT President Randi Weingarten said the AFT will "do everything in our power to stop any kind of action against our immigrant families, our Muslim families, our Latino families and especially our undocumented students."

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Yes, We Can Do Something About Insecure Work

Some people are claiming that bad jobs are inevitable and there is nothing we can do about insecure work. These people need to read an important new study from the International Labor Organization, which highlights smart policies that have been used to improve insecure work.

   
The comprehensive study by the ILO documents the rise of “non-standard” forms of work—temporary work, seasonal work, casual or intermittent work, daily work, involuntary part-time work, on-call work, temp agency work, subcontracted work, and employment misclassified as independent contracting—around the world in recent decades.

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'These Decisions by President-Elect Trump Are Deeply Inconsistent with the Pledges He Made': Trumka Responds to Cabinet Nominations

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Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the recent Cabinet nominations made by President-elect Donald Trump:

After the election, we made clear that we would hold Donald Trump accountable to the promises he made to working people throughout the campaign.

His initial nominations fundamentally threaten these promises. Taken together, the appointments push President-elect Trump away from the values and issues that working-class voters said were most important to them. 

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The Critical Need for the Right Kind of Infrastructure Investment

The Critical Need for the Right Kind of Infrastructure Investment

Investing in infrastructure is one of the critical problems that America faces. Infrastructure improvements are necessary to keep up with a modern global economy, to create jobs and to make sure that America is ready to face unknown challenges the future brings. A new report from AFL-CIO Director of Policy Damon Silvers and the Roosevelt Institute makes the case that such investment is vital for our future and lays out the types of investments that will do the most to help us move forward.

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Meet Tom Price: Trump's HHS Secretary Pick Who Wants to Destroy Medicare

Rep. Tom Price

Ever heard the saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it?

   
That's how most Americans feel about Medicare. It works, so don't touch it (unless you're going to make improvements). Medicare provides comprehensive health care coverage to millions of seniors, and it's more cost effective than private insurance. 

   
But not everyone loves Medicare so much. And one of those people is Rep. Tom Price from Georgia, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health and human services secretary

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The AFL-CIO’s Response to Trump’s Presidency

Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, we have to understand what happened on Nov. 8 not as a vote for or against the two presidential candidates. Rather, it was something much larger. It was an expression of the insecurity of working people all over the formerly industrialized world, brought on by globalization forcing them to compete for work in a labor market without borders. Candidate Donald Trump was correct when he said, "I see a big parallel" between U.K. voters favoring Brexit and U.S. citizens supporting him. Both were expressions of the belief that existing institutions of government are no longer protecting the security and well-being of working people in a global economy.

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