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On the Anniversary of the AFL and CIO Merger, Listen to George Meany's First Speech to the AFL-CIO Convention

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 16:31

Dec. 5 marks the anniversary of the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955. As we look toward the future, we remember that we can learn a great deal about ourselves as a movement of working people coming together from the past. 

Thanks to the University of Maryland, we can easily access George Meany's speech at the first joint AFL-CIO Convention in New York City. 

Stay in a Fair Hotel This Holiday Season and Support Working Families

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 14:57

The holiday season is one of the most travel-intense parts of the year, and many people will be visiting and sharing valuable time with loved ones. Your ability to travel and participate in these holiday traditions is, in many ways, a product of the hard work of people who have their own families and holiday traditions to try to enjoy. With our decisions each year, we can go a long way toward not only helping ourselves, but helping those around us, too. One key way to do this is to make sure that when you spend your money, it goes to responsible companies that do the right thing on behalf of their workers.

Be Proud to Be Union Where You Worship, Too

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Sun, 12/04/2016 - 10:00

The Good Book warns Christians against hiding their light under a bushel.

Latina Equal Pay: Campaigns for Economic Justice Continue Beyond Single Day of Action

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 08:00

One month ago, scores of organizations and individuals came together to register our outrage about the enormous gender wage gap that Latinas face in the workplace. Nov. 1 marked the 11 additional months that it would take the average Latina worker, or trabajadora, to work to earn what a white, male non-Hispanic worker in the same job was paid in just one year. This is how long it takes when you get paid 54 cents to the dollar paid to white, male workers. Collectively we sounded an alarm marking both our discontent and our commitment to close this gap and win equitable wages for Latinas and all workers.

Union-Made in America Holiday Gift Ideas

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:00

It's not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, 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).

AFT Pledges to Support Immigrants in Face of Trump Presidency

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 14:05

In the wake of Donald Trump winning the presidency after a campaign that often targeted and scapegoated immigrants, Latinos and Muslims, the AFT has pledged to take concrete action to assist these groups, with a particular emphasis on assisting and defending undocumented students. AFT President Randi Weingarten said the AFT will "do everything in our power to stop any kind of action against our immigrant families, our Muslim families, our Latino families and especially our undocumented students."

The Economy Adds 178,000 Jobs in November, and Unemployment Down to 4.6%

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:22

The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November and unemployment was down to 4.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the recovery of the labor market at a tempered rate. With the report that wage growth moderated in November, it means the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee should continue to let the economy grow at this rate and not raise interest rates.

Yes, We Can Do Something About Insecure Work

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:12

Some people are claiming that bad jobs are inevitable and there is nothing we can do about insecure work. These people need to read an important new study from the International Labor Organization, which highlights smart policies that have been used to improve insecure work.

   
The comprehensive study by the ILO documents the rise of “non-standard” forms of work—temporary work, seasonal work, casual or intermittent work, daily work, involuntary part-time work, on-call work, temp agency work, subcontracted work, and employment misclassified as independent contracting—around the world in recent decades.

'These Decisions by President-Elect Trump Are Deeply Inconsistent with the Pledges He Made': Trumka Responds to Cabinet Nominations

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:42

Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the recent Cabinet nominations made by President-elect Donald Trump:

After the election, we made clear that we would hold Donald Trump accountable to the promises he made to working people throughout the campaign.

His initial nominations fundamentally threaten these promises. Taken together, the appointments push President-elect Trump away from the values and issues that working-class voters said were most important to them. 

DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

AFL-CIO NOW Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:00

"I sometimes imagine how my life would be different if my mom had the option of paid family leave," says Travis. The District of Columbia resident was born prematurely. Because his mother could not get the time off from work to make necessary hospital visits to care for her fragile son, "She had to give me up to be raised in Florida by other family members."

Datebook: Your guide to area meetings and events - Scranton Times-Tribune

IBEW Google News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 04:06

Datebook: Your guide to area meetings and events
Scranton Times-Tribune
Falls Active Adult Center:State Q&A, today, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Car Fit sessions, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Western Day, Friday, performance by Bob Perks, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.; glaucoma screenings, July 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1 to 1:30 p ...

SCC releases Dean's List - York News-Times

IBEW Google News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 01:07

SCC releases Dean's List
York News-Times
... Technology; Kendall Jordan Gierhan of Utica, Building Construction; Monte D Rice of Milford, Architectural Engineering Technology; Amber Renee Scherer of Beatrice, Academic Transfer and Mathew Wayne Volzke of Davey, Construction Electrician-IBEW.

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AT&T, IBEW Reach Two Tentative deals Covering Former DIRECTV Employees - RTT News

IBEW Google News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 22:54

AT&T, IBEW Reach Two Tentative deals Covering Former DIRECTV Employees
RTT News
AT&T (T) has reached two tentative agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or IBEW in negotiations covering IBEW-represented former DIRECTV employees in 14 states. One agreement covers more than 1,600 employees in the ...

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Pat Jehlen receives multiple endorsements - Wicked Local Cambridge

IBEW Google News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 16:45

Wicked Local Cambridge

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Pat Jehlen receives multiple endorsements
Wicked Local Cambridge
Unions already supporting Jehlen include: American Federation of Teachers, Boston Teachers Union, Bricklayers Local 3, International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators, IBEW Local 2222, Mass Teachers Association, Medford Firefighters, Professional ...

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AT&T, IBEW Reach Two Tentative Agreements Covering Former ... - PR Newswire (press release)

IBEW Google News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 15:21

AT&T, IBEW Reach Two Tentative Agreements Covering Former ...
PR Newswire (press release)
DALLAS, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has reached two tentative agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in ...

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Union supports Monmouth County Reliability Project - Greater ... - Red Bank Hub

IBEW Google News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 15:12

Union supports Monmouth County Reliability Project - Greater ...
Red Bank Hub
I have lived, worked and raised my family in central New Jersey for 63 years. As the president and business manager of IBEW Local Union 1289, I am also ...

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Oregon Local News - Recruiting a better ending for women in the ... - Portland Tribune

IBEW Google News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 13:15

Portland Tribune

Oregon Local News - Recruiting a better ending for women in the ...
Portland Tribune
Changing hearts critical to ending sexism, abuse, Local News, Portland local News, Breaking News alerts for Portland city.

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Rubin: Debt-free and hard-wired for a future - The Detroit News

IBEW Google News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 23:34

The Detroit News

Rubin: Debt-free and hard-wired for a future
The Detroit News
She's the director of business development for a joint program of IBEW Local 58 — the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — and the National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA. Together, they have funded the Electrical Industry ...

When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects with IBEW - AFL-CIO (blog)

IBEW Google News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:14

AFL-CIO (blog)

When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects with IBEW
AFL-CIO (blog)
Donald Trump has admitted before that when he has a choice between union and nonunion labor for his construction projects, he'd go with nonunion labor . Just how often was that? A new report from the Electrical Workers ( IBEW ) reveals some figures ...

Lilley resigns from IBEW - Martinez Tribune

IBEW Google News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 13:46

Lilley resigns from IBEW
Martinez Tribune
It is [in] this spirit that I must hereby tender my resignation as Assistant Business Manager of IBEW Local 302 effective July 1, 2016. Although it is with some sadness that I will be moving on – sadness that I will no longer be working with my ...

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