Shortcut Navigation:

AFL-CIO Now

RSS Organizing/Bargaining Blog Posts

Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall

Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall

Feb. 18 begins the first recess of the 115th Congress. It will be the first opportunity of the Donald Trump administration for most Americans to speak directly with members of Congress who will be in their districts holding events, town halls and other public appearances. You can join the many Americans who are pledging to make their voices heard during what is being called the "Resistance Recess: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities and Our Democracy." You can check here to find an event close to you or plan your own event.

Read more »

Know Your Rights When Interacting with Immigration Agents

Know Your Rights When Interacting with Immigration Agents

The 2016 election featured a heavy focus, in races at all levels of government, on immigration. President Donald Trump's post-election actions have signaled that this will continue. Here are some key things that working people need to know about our rights that will make sure that we have the resources to defend ourselves and our immigrant members and their families and communities in the event of workplace or community raids.

Read more »

What the BLS Union Numbers Don't Tell You About People Organizing and Collective Action

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Organizing-Bargaining/Working-People-Give-a-Bold-Union-Yes-in-Las-Vegas

As we examine the new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Annual Union Membership Report, it is striking that corporations and their hired politicians have been at the throats of working people for years, attacking our rights to negotiate on the job. And that has left us weaker.

There are millions of working people who want and need a union but who are being prevented from forming one by their employer. And instead of penalizing bad actors, our outdated labor laws have made union avoidance nothing more than the cost of doing business. This must change.

"The truth is, collective action in America is stronger than ever," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "We’ve seen the source of our power in defeating the TPP, even when most people told us we couldn’t. We’ve seen it in successfully raising wages at the state and local levels against great political odds."

Read more »

Working Women Play Key Role In Nationwide Women's Marches

Working Women Play Key Role In Nationwide Women's Marches

On Saturday, millions of women and men took to the streets across the country in support of women and in opposition to a growing tide of anti-women policies coming out of Washington, D.C., and state capitals. Working families, led by working women, played a major role in the marches and rallies. Here are some of the best Tweets from events around the country

Read more »

Victory: More Than 1,400 BG&E Workers Join the IBEW

Marvin Austin, a gas pipeline mechanic for BGE and employee leader of the organizing campaign, hugs International Vice President Kenneth Cooper after the vote count on Jan. 12.

"This is a fantastic moment for our new brothers and sisters and one of the largest organizing election victories any union has seen in years," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "This will transform not only their lives, but the lives of their families, and I think it will be an inspiration for working people across the U.S. and Canada."

Read more »

Columbia—Can I Get a Grad-Worker-Union-Yes?

Photo Credit: Tiffany Yee-Vo, Graduate Workers of Columbia UAW

In a huge victory graduate workers at Columbia gave a booming #gradunionyes. This after the university denied even recognizing their graduate teaching and research assistants as workers. Yes, not only are graduate workers at Columbia workers, but more importantly, now they are organized workers.

It is the FIRST win for a graduate worker union at a private university won through an official NLRB election. Now they stand 3,500 strong.

This is BIG.

Read more »

Wage Theft Against Immigrants Threatens All Working People

Wage Theft Against Immigrants Threatens All Working People

This country holds sacrosanct the principle that regardless of who you are, or where you come from, your hard work will be rewarded.

For day laborers in America, at least half of whom report experiencing wage theft during their work here, this ideal rings hollow. It is no longer enough to merely have abstract principles, but for a country so expansive and so diverse, there must be mechanisms in place to ensure these principles are followed through.

Read more »

Take Action

Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

Sign the petition. »

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO


Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.

Blogs

Join Us Online