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In September, the majority of workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., signed cards authorizing their affiliation with the UAW and the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant. Daniel Cornfield, a professor of sociology and political science at Vanderbilt University, says those speaking out against the workers and the UAW need to take a look at positive economic impact unionized workers and the companies they work at have on Tennessee.
A new editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights the recent revelations about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its influence on state legislators. In particular, the editorial takes umbrage at a proposed loyalty oath for ALEC members that would have required them to place the extremist pro-corporate organization above the needs of constituents and the state and national constitutions.
Unionized women workers continue to have “a substantial boost in pay and benefits” compared to their nonunion counterparts, according to a new issue brief.
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In more than 60 cities across the country today, teachers, parents, allies and education supporters are rallying to save public education from a series of radical "reforms" pushed by corporations and politically motivated organizations that would do significant damage to our schools and limit the future of our students. The Reclaim the Promise of Public Education coalition was formed to fight for public education as our nation's gateway to democracy and racial and economic justice. As part of the day of action, the AFT is running radio, print and online ads to spread the coalition's message.
It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is still proud of himself for declaring holy war against Dairy State public employee unions, might be thinking about tossing his hat in the ring for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Because he seems to be at least mulling a “move up to the Oval Office, his undemocratic policies become an even greater threat to all American workers,” warns Joanne Ricca, who recently retired as Wisconsin State AFL-CIO legislative and research director.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) holds “ministerial conferences” every two years and just completed “MC9” in Bali, Indonesia. Many know of the WTO only because of the famous 1999 “Battle in Seattle,” an international protest against the corporate model of globalization that has had devastating effects on the economic justice, labor rights, the environment and democracy the world over.
On the eve of today's meeting of trade ministers of the twelve countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment negotiations, Cathy Feingold, International Department Director of the AFL-CIO, released the following statement (after the jump).
When you imagine a person on government assistance, what comes to mind? This short video shows that needing a little extra help with groceries may be more common than you think.
Going searching for that perfect holiday gift? Make sure it's union made in America. Check out this Made in America, union-made gift guide. Here are some highlights from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Gifts include those made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).
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