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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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.

American Enterprise Institute Tries to Hide Runaway CEO Pay

Leave it to the right-wing neoconservatives at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to defend the indefensible: runaway CEO pay levels.  Last week, the AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch website announced that S&P 500 company CEOs made on average $13.5 million in total compensation in 2014, an amount equal to 373 times the average production and nonsupervisory worker’s pay. 

Working Families Stand in Support of Immigrant Workers’ Rights

Working families, labor leaders and community activists sent a clear message on Wednesday: The labor movement will continue its efforts to build worker power for immigrants and will not wait for politicians or the courts to act. Speaking on the day before deferred action was scheduled to start, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined other leaders, including United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Executive Vice President Esther López, Bricklayers (BAC) President James Boland and National Day Laborer Organizing Network Director of Legislative Affairs Salvador Sarmiento, and immigrant workers who are members of UNITE HERE and the Ironworkers unions. Together, they vowed to defend the new deferred action programs and continue pushing for immigration reform with a road map to citizenship, while raising grave concerns about enforcement programs that undermine workers’ rights and destroy communities. 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Yuri Kochiyama.

Worker Wins Update: Workers Score Victories in Pay and Organizing, Help Others in Community

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. 

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.

Trumka: America's Working Families Need Action on Currency Manipulation

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. 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Jose Antonio Vargas.

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