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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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Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Raising Wages Champion Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Jim Kenney, a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter, won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia after running a campaign as a strong raising wages champion. Once considered a long shot to win the primary, Kenney's victory joins a growing list of candidates who win elections by focusing on lifting workers up and creating pathways to the American Dream. In 2013, union member Marty Walsh won the Boston mayoral race and Bill de Blasio won in New York City after similarly advocating strongly on behalf of working families.

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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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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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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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Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

Trumka Sets the Record Straight on Fast Track

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sets the record straight when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track in this short audio clip. If you want to know what's really happening on the trade front, give it a listen.

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Widespread Coverage for Trumka's 'Raising Wages' Challenge to Presidential Candidates

Widespread Coverage for Trumka's 'Raising Wages' Challenge to Presidential Candidates

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka challenged the 2016 presidential candidates to support a raising wages agenda and said there would be “no place to hide” for candidates who didn't stand up for working families. And voters around the country heard the message as media outlets across the country covered the story.

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Trumka: Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to Baltimore

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement about the events in Baltimore:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baltimore, the injured police and especially the family of Freddie Gray. What is happening there reminds us of the challenges of inequality and unease in America that we must address.

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Trumka: Yes, You Should Ask for a Raise

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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.

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