Today I had the privilege of joining over a dozen Hyatt workers and representatives from numerous allied organizations at the National Press Club for the launch of a global boycott of Hyatt hotels. In the room stood members from the labor movement, the religious community, and progressive organizations. We were there to show Hyatt that we expect more from them.
This Saturday is Workers Memorial Day, a time when working families across the country gather to remember the dead and fight for the living — as Mother Jones put it. Though we’ve made significant strides in workplace safety over the years, it’s clear that we’ve still got some work to do.
Today at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a coalition of consumer advocates, workers’ rights supporters, and federal food inspectors delivered nearly 150,000 petitions to the agency demanding it halt proposed changes to the poultry inspection process.
Welcome to a new blog feature where twice a month American Rights at Work spends some time off the clock with notable labor leaders, thinkers, and organizers.
First up is AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who shares how she joined the labor movement, why young workers should too, and how she likes to spend her time when she’s “off the clock”! Read more »
Today 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.
As 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 »
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.
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.