Tag Archives: AFL-CIO

Domestic Workers Fight for Satisfactory Working Conditions

By Heather Lothrop Currently, only New York State has legislation that requires domestic workers to be given meal breaks, paid for overtime, paid rest days, and protection against racial and sexual harassment. While these rights are expected in most professions, domestic workers often do not receive these protections from their employers. The employers are not […]

Florida Union Members Join in Union Movement’s Call for Immigration Reform

By Eileen Lohmann On February 28, 2013, union leaders and elected officials in Miami Gardens, Florida, called for comprehensive immigration reform, expressing their support of the AFL-CIO’s immigration reform campaign.  Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Immigration Committee and executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, María Elena Durazo explained the union movement’s immigration […]

Score for the Middle Class…. Right?

By Joanna Solloway In the midst of the presidential elections, AFL-CIO announced that workers at First Transit Region 3 overwhelmingly voted to form their own union with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 757.  The honorable objective of this new union is to give a stronger voice to Region 3 in efforts to promote collective […]

AFL-CIO: California’s Prop. 32: Clone of Past Anti-Worker Measures

Maybe this election year will finally put a stake through the heart of efforts by corporations and extremist right-wing millionaires to silence the voice of California’s working families in the political arena. This year, it’s called Prop. 32 and it’s a near-clone of 2005’s Prop. 75 and 1998’s Prop. 226, which voters defeated by 53% to 47%. Both times, huge mobilizations by […]

AFL-CIO: Judge Rules Against Portions of Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

This afternoon a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down two parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public workers. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley ruled against the provision that eliminated payroll deduction for public-sector workers’ union dues. He also ruled against the section that required unions to win 51 […]

AFL-CIO: Basics Out of Reach on Minimum Wage

Let’s say you’re earning the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. How many hours would you have to work to equal what a year of college costs? How about a year of family health insurance premiums? The Center for Economic and Policy Research has crunched the numbers and they’re not pretty. In 2010, a minimum wage worker would have […]

Remembering the Triangle Fire Victims: 101st Anniversary

AFL-CIO Blog: March 25 was 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City, which killed 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women. Many of them jumped to their deaths from the 10-story factory to escape the fire because they were locked inside. While the Triangle fire is a prominent part of labor history, not […]

AFL-CIO: SAG Awards, Entertainment Union Boards Vote to Merge

The red-carpet glamor and prestige of the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night put the pre-Oscar spotlight on the cast of “The Help” in the theatrical motion picture category, with actors themselves choosing the best of the best. “The Help” cast also was recognized with Viola Davis taking the award for best […]