Posts Tagged ‘AFL-CIO’

Workers Memorial Day is a call for better workplace safety

Hard Hats at MemorialToday workers and their families gather across the country to remember and honor colleagues who were injured or killed on the job site last year. While we have made many improvements since workplace tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, research tells us more still needs to be done in order to protect the health and safety of America’s workers.

In 2009 alone, 4,340 workers were killed on the job – an average of 12 workers every day– and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases. Read more »


Numbers show the sacrifice isn’t shared

Income Growth Pie ChartAs the economy struggles to rebound and local, state, and federal legislators seek to address cash-strapped budgets, the buzzword has been “shared sacrifice.” But the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive Pay Watch report shows that CEOs of major companies, unlike their employees, haven’t made too many sacrifices. In fact, CEOs from S&P 500 companies received, on average, $11.4 million in total compensation in 2010— a 23 percent increase from the previous year!

Shared sacrifice? Not so much. We sure don’t know any workers who got 23 percent raises last year. Read more »


Pensions: A good investment for workers and their communities

As state governments and local municipalities grapple with serious budget challenges, pension critics are taking the opportunity to push for substantial cuts and wholesale elimination of defined benefit retirement systems. To hear them say it, pensions impose only costs – but that’s simply not the case. As our new research demonstrates, private and public pension funds help drive the economies of communities through investments that, in addition to producing solid returns, create good jobs.
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Gov. Scott Walker: Good on his unionbusting word

In December 2010, we warned that Scott Walker believed he could solve Wisconsin’s budget issues by taking away a voice on the job from working women and men. Four months into office, Gov. Walker is following through on his promise to attack Wisconsin’s working families.
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Unions bring holiday cheer to communities

A few weeks ago, we wrote about Sports Illustrated naming professional football player and active union member Drew Brees as its Sportsman of the Year in recognition of his work on and off the field in New Orleans. Brees isn’t the only union member giving back this holiday season. In newspapers across the country, stories are cropping up about the ways everyday union members are pitching in to better their own communities.

In New Jersey, the Atlantic City and Cape May County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council recently completed its sixth annual “Fly Home for the Holidays” program that helps a local resident bring a loved one to New Jersey for the holidays. This year the Council helped Fred Slunt III fly his parents from Nevada to southern New Jersey so the family can spend the holidays together. Both of Fred’s parents have encountered serious medical conditions in recent years and have been unable to meet their youngest granddaughter in person.
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Your chance to stand with unemployed workers

For the millions of Americans that Wall Street’s recklessness sent to the unemployment line, time is running out. Thanks to right-wing obstructionism in Congress, emergency jobless benefits have already started to lapse—and will leave 2 million unemployed workers without a lifeline by the New Year. Another 4 million will be left out in the cold by the end of February, through no fault of their own.

Still not convinced that extending unemployment benefits is the right thing to do? Read more »


A new Congress, but the fight for workers’ rights continues

There’s no way around it: We’re about to see a major shift in the political landscape. Far-right Republicans helped the GOP gain a majority in the House of Representatives, and there were losses for Democrats in the Senate as well.

And in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah, the so-called secret ballot measures we blogged about last week  all passed. It’s a chilling indication of how far corporate interests will go to maintain a status quo that protects exploitative employers, even if it means continued setbacks for workers and the economy. Read more »


American Capital isn’t so sweet towards workers’ rights

I love labor candy heartAmong the American Rights at Work staff, I am notorious for my sweet tooth. I can plow through a movie-sized box of Mike & Ikes in a matter of minutes. When someone brings cupcakes to the office, I’m the first in line with a napkin…even if it’s 8:30 in the morning. I actually need to budget how many 99 cent bags of CVS jelly beans I can buy per week.

But when I learned about the sticky situation at the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), the makers of tasty sweets such as Clark Bars and Valentine’s Day candy hearts, I lost my appetite. Read more »


Locking out NFL players? Bad for football fans, bad for working families

This past weekend the NFL kicked off its season with much fanfare and, despite my beloved Cowboys losing, the season started off great. Unfortunately, the labor agreement between the team owners and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) does not have such a sunny outlook.

In fact, the owners have ended their collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA a year before it was due to expire. According to the owners, honoring the agreement with their players means operating at a loss, but the owners refuse to offer proof. Read more »


5 Years after Hurricane Katrina, a commemoration

This past Sunday was the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  The Katrina Commemoration Foundation and the Hip Hop Caucus joined over 105 endorsing organizations in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans to honor and commemorate all that was lost during the disaster.  Click here to see a short video about the march and here for amazing photos of over 2,000 people coming to honor those who passed in the storm and the Great Flood.

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