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Trumka Calls on Congress to Cancel Early Recess

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the House Republican leadership's decision to go on recess.

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With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. 

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It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased

It's Been 6 Years Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. A worker with a full-time minimum wage job earns just $14,500 annually—a salary that would put a single parent of two children below the poverty line. It is past time to raise the minimum wage to a level that provides working people with economic stability, instead of trapping them in poverty. 

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Democrats Introduce Bill to Make #SchedulesThatWork

Last week, Democrats, led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Bobby Scott (Va.), introduced a bill, the Schedules That Work Act, which would push employers in fields with known scheduling abuses to create predictable and stable schedules and would protect workers who ask for schedule changes. Under the legislation, workers in fields with a record of scheduling abuses—such as food service, retail and cleaning—would get their work schedules two weeks in advance and workers would receive additional pay for being put on call without any guarantee of work, being scheduled for a split shift, if they report to work and are sent home early, or they receive schedule changes without at least 24-hour notice. Employers would be required to consider and respond to all schedule requests and grant those requests based on health, care for children or the elderly, a second job, continuing education, or job training, unless there is a legitimate business reason not to do so.

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Raising Wages by Expanding Overtime Pay

Imagine this: You’re a manager at a local convenience store. You supervise staff, justify inventory, hire and fire hourly workers and even share some of their responsibilities. You like your job, but it pays only $30,000 a year, and you’re still required to work from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was meant to protect our economy from Wall Street greed. The legislation was passed into law in response to the 2008 financial crisis, which caused home foreclosures for millions of families and long-term unemployment for tens of millions of workers.

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California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

California Is a 'No ALEC Zone'

The most powerful, well-funded corporate special interest front group in America is coming to California this month. The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is simple: shower the 1% with special privileges and advantages at the expense of everyone else. ALEC's agenda is an affront to progress. It’s an affront to basic rights. It’s an affront to democracy.

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Tell the Department of Labor to Stop Wall Street from Draining Your Retirement Account

Tell the Department of Labor to Stop Wall Street from Draining Your Retirement Account

When you pay a financial adviser to help you invest your hard-earned retirement savings, you would assume that they would be required, by law, to have your best interests at heart. But because of loopholes in the rules, advisers can get away with not only putting their own financial interests above that of their clients, but also allows them to take incentives from Wall Street firms to recommend investments that drain funds from ordinary Americans’ retirement accounts through hidden fees and lower returns. The White House Council of Economic Advisers says this costs us $17 billion a year.

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Big News to Report on the CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

Big News to Report on the CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

After continued pressure from you and tens of thousands of people across the country, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could finally be voting on implementing a rule requiring big companies to reveal their CEO-to-worker pay ratios as early as August.

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Our Tax System Should Serve Main Street, Not Wall Street

We're all aware that major corporations are raking in serious profits. Working people pay their fair share of taxes, and it makes sense that corporations do the same.

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