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."
As Donald Trump maintains a high standing in Republican primary polls, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had to speak out about the reality TV star's negative campaign that includes racism, attacks on workers and attempts to divide Americans and treat them differently because of their religion. In Trumka's words, "We deserve better."
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled proposed
revisions to federal overtime pay rules
, which have eroded significantly since 1975. In this video, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls on the Labor Department to update the rules in order to benefit the lives of millions of working families in the United States. Please join us and
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The time to stop Fast Track is now or never. This terrible trade negotiation policy recently passed in the Senate. And now that Congress is back from vacation, its expected to bring Fast Track to a vote any day now. Some of our lawmakers already have committed to stand with their wealthy campaign donors and support Fast Track. But many of our elected officials still can be moved—especially if we remind them that we vote.
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.
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.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC yesterday to discuss the 2015 edition of
, income inequality, and companies like Walmart that are leaders in overpaying their CEOs and underpaying their workers.
In 2015, nearly 5 million American workers might get a pay raise. By joining together to ask for one. Through a union.
Minimum wage hikes, overtime expansion, paid sick leave and other policy improvements are important to raise wages in America. But the best way for workers to get a raise is by asking for one with a collective voice. That’s what workers do—bargain together in unions to improve our lives.