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, July 02, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on June Jobs Report
oday's unemployment numbers should be a wake-up call to Republicans in Congress who have refused to act to create jobs, stop layoffs and help the jobless. Their repeated 'No' votes on jobs are a slap in the face to America's working families as Congress heads out for a long holiday recess. Republicans stubbornly refuse to recognize that the private sector's job-creating machine is dead in the water, creating only 83,000 jobs last month.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the U.S.- South Korea Trade Agreement
We remain deeply concerned about and strongly opposed to the U.S.-South Korea trade agreement as negotiated by the Bush Administration. The agreement would exacerbate our already lopsided trade relationship with South Korea, putting at risk thousands of good U.S. jobs in the auto, steel, and other industrial sectors.
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Friday, June 04, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on May Jobs Report
The American economy added 431,000 jobs in May, including 411,000 government jobs to do the important work of the U.S. census. The unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent. As welcome as these new jobs are, they are temporary and – without action from Congress – many will be eliminated over the next few months.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
AFL-CIO Issues Challenge to Congressional Candidates: Pledge to Support the Promoting American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010
Today, the 11.5 million working women and men of the AFL-CIO called on congressional candidates to pledge their support for the Promoting American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. "Candidates often talk about jobs, now they have a chance to back up their rhetoric with action," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
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Monday, May 24, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Promoting American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act
It's crunch time for putting Americans back to work. Members of Congress often talk about jobs: Now they have a chance to back up their rhetoric with action.
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Friday, May 07, 2010
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on April Jobs Report
The addition of 290,000 jobs in April, the fourth consecutive monthly gain, is a hopeful sign, if it can be sustained, that real employment growth is finally underway. Still, we face an enormous challenge to get out of the more than 11-million job hole that was opened by the Great Recession that began in 2007.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
AFL-CIO Death on the Job Study Reveals Dangerous Workplaces, Inadequate Enforcement
The nation's workplace safety laws and penalties are too weak to effectively protect workers, according to the new AFL-CIO annual report released today: Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. As the country reels from the loss of the 29 miners at the Massey Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the report shows that there were a total of 5,214 fatal workplace injuries in 2008. Because underreporting of workplace-related injuries and illness remains a persistent problem, the true toll is estimated to be as many as three times the 4.6 million reported incidents.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
AFL-CIO 2010 Executive PayWatch Catalogs CEO Pay, Exposes Wall Street’s Efforts Against Meaningful Financial Reform
After triggering a financial meltdown that caused historic job losses and required a taxpayer bailout, big banks said they had learned their lesson. Instead, they paid out $145 billion in total 2009 compensation, spent millions of dollars lobbying against meaningful financial reform and have cut back on lending to consumers and small businesses, according to a new online database and case studies released today by the AFL-CIO.
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Newswire article
Friday, March 05, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on February Jobs Report
We are seeing a few positive signs in the economy, largely due to the President's recovery package. But our labor market remains weak, and America's workers are still paying a heavy toll in ongoing job losses, reduced hours, and mediocre job prospects. Unemployment held steady last month at 9.7 percent with 36,000 jobs lost during February. Over 6 million workers have been looking for employment for 6 months or more and Latinos, African Americans and young people continue to be hit hardest by double-digit joblessness.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senator Jim Bunning's Blocking of HR 4691
Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) is turning out to be a one-man wrecking crew. In his determined campaign to end jobless benefits for 1.2 million unemployed workers, he has also managed to cause the furlough of 2,000 transportation workers and halt construction on 41 economic recovery projects in 17 states. Who says a single senator can't make a difference?
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