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, February 05, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on January Jobs Report
January unemployment finally fell below double digits, but our country remains in a serious, deep, and long-term jobs crisis. We need to create at least 10 million jobs now, and Wall Street and the big banks that created the crisis need to foot the bill. We welcome the news that unemployment dropped to 9.7%, but we shed another 20,000 jobs last month, following a revised 150,000 loss in December, and the number of long-term unemployed continues to break records.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Record Wall Street Bonuses
Just a year ago, Wall Street banks pleaded for taxpayers to bail them out to save us all from financial disaster. We did. So now that banks and securities firms are on their feet again, what's their response? A record $145 billion in executive bonuses for 2009—a year when more than four million Americans lost their jobs, largely because of the actions of these very institutions. That is simply unacceptable. Hard-working Americans will not be ATMs for Wall Street. Today the AFL-CIO demands that Wall Street stop bankrupting America.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Remarks by Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO, National Press Club, Washington, DC
Good morning and thank you, Donna (Lienwand). I am delighted to be here at the National Press Club. I want to thank the officers of the Press Club for the invitation to be with you today, especially President Lienwand and speakers' committee member Bob Carden. Ten days into the new decade, and one year into the Obama Administration, our nation remains poised between the failed policies of the past and our hopes for a better future. This is a moment that cries out for political courage – but it is not much in evidence.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Roundtables Held Across Country to Discuss Economy, Need for Urgent Action
As economic leaders gather in Washington for the White House Jobs Summit, working people will come together in Ohio, Minnesota, New Mexico, and California to talk about their experience in communities hard hit by the economic crisis. Members of Working America and the AFL-CIO will join religious and labor leaders in Dayton, Columbus, Minneapolis, Sacramento, and Albuquerque to discuss how the economic crisis has affected them and call for the implementation of national policies that will create good jobs immediately.
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Friday, August 07, 2009
Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney on July Jobs Report
The dip in the unemployment rate in July is a welcome sign that President Obama's economic recovery package is starting to blunt the impact of the most severe recession in a generation. By refusing to listen to the naysayers, the President and Congress have helped to avert a total financial meltdown – despite much continuing pain. We still have a long way to go until our economy is growing and creating good jobs at a healthy rate -- and we will need decisive and timely action from our government in the meantime. It is not good news that we lost 247,000 jobs in July, bringi
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Working Families Ramp Up Grassroots Events in Support of Employee Free Choice Act
Across the country, working people are ramping up their grassroots efforts to show the importance of passing the Employee Free Choice Act for a balanced economic recovery. Over the next few weeks, thousands of workers will participate in dozens of rallies, letter writing parties, roundtables, and other events to show their outrage against our corporate-dominated economy and the broad public support for the Employee Free Choice Act.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
America's Workers Hold Over 100 Grassroots Events Across the Country Urging Congress to Pass the Employee Free Choice Act
Starting today, and continuing throughout the week, America’s workers will hold over 100 grassroots events across the country urging congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which will restore workers’ freedom to join a union and bargain for a better life. Workers also are coming to D.C. to tell their stories directly to their Representatives and to testify before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney in Support of Striking Chicago Factory Workers at Republic Windows and Doors
The 10 million members of the AFL-CIO stand in solidarity with over 200 members of the United Electrical Workers who, in championing their own rights, are taking on the rampant corporate abuse of workers across this country during dire economic times. These workers' peaceful occupation of the shuttered Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago has put Washington and Wall Street on notice that working people have had enough. We applaud President-elect Barack Obama's support for the workers' demands to receive the vacation time and severance pay that they have earned.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney Denouncing McDonald's Opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act
Working men and women should be deeply concerned about McDonald's USA's announcement that it will throw its super-sized weight into defeating legislation to restore workers' freedom to bargain with their employers and improve their jobs through unions. Working people know that the bargaining power they gain through unions for fair wages, better health care, pensions and job security is our nation's single best tool for creating an economy that works for all - - 60 million say they'd join a union tomorrow if given the chance.
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