AFL-CIO

 

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people. We are the democratic, voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, September 02, 2011
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka on August Jobs Report
Today's jobs report reinforces the growing alarm working people are feeling as the economy worsens. Job creation last month was net zero. Our dying recovery is crying out for bold solutions to put Americans back to work and rebuild our country. Yet the political games in Washington are exacerbating inequality and joblessness at a difficult time. President Obama must propose solutions on scale with the problems our economy faces – and Congress must put aside partisanship long enough to help our middle class and economy recover.
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Friday, August 26, 2011
AFL-CIO and King Center Symposium Links Dr. King's Legacy to Modern-Day Struggles Around Economic and Social Justice
The AFL-CIO and the King Center hosted a national symposium on jobs, justice and the American Dream on Friday around the unveiling of the historic memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The symposium featured notable civil rights activists, modern day worker activists, elected leaders, academics and young people.
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Friday, August 05, 2011
Summer of Accountability – Frustrated Working Families Hold Politicians Accountable in August
This August, working families are lifting their voices to hold politicians accountable and call for an economy that strengthens the middle class. Participants will tell members of Congress and state legislators that their extreme political agenda is not in line with working Americans at more than 450 events across the country. And today the AFL-CIO launched a petition titled "America Wants to Work" to our 800,000 online activists, urging politicians to bring the same urgency to the jobs crisis that they brought to the politically manufactured crisis over the deficit.
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Friday, July 29, 2011
Across the Country Americans Demand Debt Ceiling Deal That Protects Seniors and the Middle Class
Like a broken record Republicans in the House and Senate are willing to wreck our economy by refusing to compromise and insisting on their radical plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class by slashing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while giving tax breaks to millionaires, hedge fund managers and big corporations.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on "Gang of Six" Plan
Both parties keep telling us that deficit reduction requires "tough choices" and "shared sacrifice" and "taking on sacred cows." But then we keep seeing bipartisan support for plans like the so-called "Gang of Six" that cut Social Security benefits, kill jobs, give tax incentives for corporations to export good jobs overseas, tax health benefits, and lower tax rates for billionaires and corporations. There's no shared sacrifice here. The only sacred cows being gored are working people, the middle class, seniors and the poor.&nbsp
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Monday, July 11, 2011
The Jobs Crisis Will Not Be Cured with the Same Policies that Created the Crisis; Experts and National Leaders Agree, Explore Job-Creating Solutions
On the heels of two months of dismal job growth, a panel of workers, economists and national leaders detailed solutions on how to deal with the jobs crisis at a forum on Monday at the AFL-CIO. Titled "The Jobs Crisis — Moving to Action: A Dialogue Between Workers and Policymakers," the forum, moderated by Bob Herbert, drew a sharp contrast between the policies that got our country in this economic crisis and are currently being advocated to get it out, and what is needed in order to spark a real economic recovery.
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Friday, July 08, 2011
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on June Employment
This morning's news that our economic recovery is stalled is a warning bell for leaders in Washington. Too many politicians are blocking desperately needed measures to create new jobs, and their actions are now prolonging the recession and putting us at risk of a double dip. Working people will not tolerate politicians who are willing to wreck the economy just to make a political point.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Working Families Mobilize across the U.S. to Hold American Water Company Accountable for Employee Cuts and Consumer Rate Hikes
All this week union and community members are coming together across the nation to spotlight American Water, the largest for-profit water utility in the United States, as it imposes steep consumer rate hikes and demands huge concessions from its employees despite doling out lucrative pay packages to top executives. American Water has pushed for massive hikes in employee premiums for family health insurance, steep increases in out-of-pocket expenses for medical care, and deep cuts in healthcare coverage.
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Friday, June 03, 2011
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on May Employment
The gain of a meager 54,000 jobs in May is a sign of real danger for working families and for the recovery. The private sector added only 83,000 jobs, less than a third of the average of recent months and far too few to absorb new entrants into the labor force, let alone bring down unemployment. The government shed another 28,000 jobs because of layoffs by state and local governments and deep budget cuts. Nearly two years into the recovery, the unemployment rate has risen to 9.1 percent.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Introduction of the DREAM Act
For young people today, there's not a lot of good news: Few jobs, bad wages, high rent and little recourse. For DREAM students, who have been in the United States for as long as they can remember, the news is a lot worse. They worry about being thrown out of their adopted home and have absolutely no chance of finding a job.
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