AFL-CIO Supports Assisting Immigrant Workers to Become Citizens and Exercise Their Workplace Rights

09/10/2013 Kenneth Quinnell

 AFL-CIO Supports Assisting Immigrant Workers to Become Citizens and Exercise Their Workplace Rights

Today, the AFL-CIO reaffirmed its commitment to a comprehensive immigration policy that respects workers’ rights, including a road map to citizenship. Delegates at the AFL-CIO Convention called for an immigration policy that protects U.S. workers, reduces exploitation of immigrant workers and reduces employers’ incentive to hire undocumented workers rather than U.S. workers. Such a policy, the convention resolution states, will increase shared prosperity, improve productivity and quality, limit wage competition, strengthen labor standards and collective bargaining rights, protect the health and safety of workers and provide a social safety net and quality education and training for working families.

Delegates, guests and community allies at the convention took out their phones and called the House, demanding a vote on immigration reform now. Call 1-888-563-8430 to join the action.  Continue reading “AFL-CIO Supports Assisting Immigrant Workers to Become Citizens and Exercise Their Workplace Rights”

1,500 Workers to Rally on Capitol Hill for Jobs, not Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 8, 2013

Contact:Tim Kauffman
202-639-6405/202-374-6491
kaufft@afge.org
Tiffany Ricci
202-907-5305
tricci@afscme.org

1,500 Workers to Rally on Capitol Hill for Jobs, not Cuts

Cutting vital government programs will hurt economy, kill jobs

Sen. Schumer, Rep. Van Hollen, AFSCME Pres. Saunders, AFGE Pres. Cox, AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka join government employees on day of State of the Union with simple message:

Cutting vital government programs will hurt economy, kill jobs

 WASHINGTON – More than 1,500 union activists from the American Federation of Government Employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will rally on Capitol Hill this Tuesday to urge Congress to shield vital government programs and services from devastating budget cuts.

The two largest unions representing government employees at the local, state and federal levels are organizing the lunchtime rally to call on Congress to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other government programs that are critical to the health, safety and welfare of all Americans.

When: Noon Tuesday, Feb. 12 (AFGE members march from Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill at 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Upper Senate Park (corner of Constitution Ave. and Delaware Ave. NE)

Speakers: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFSCME President Lee Saunders

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.

Government employees who provide vital public services

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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia. For the latest AFGE news and information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Don’t Pass the Sugar, Join the Boycott of American Crystal Sugar Products

AFL-CIO Now

10/15/2012; Mike Hall

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Because of American Crystal Sugar’s continued refusal to end its 14-month lockout of more than 1,300 workers and return to the bargaining table, working families across the country today launched a boycott against American Crystal Sugar (ACS) products. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says:

Making record profits while giving working families and communities the shaft is just plain wrong. Continue reading “Don’t Pass the Sugar, Join the Boycott of American Crystal Sugar Products”

AFL-CIO Unions Pledge Solidarity with Hyatt and PKC Workers in World Day for Decent Work Action

10/09/2012; Mike Hall

 

AFL-CIO Unions Pledge Solidarity with Hyatt and PKC Workers in World Day for Decent Work Action

Trade unions and the 175 million workers with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) joined together Oct. 7 and called for decent jobs and respect for workers’ rights on the annual World Day for Decent Work. This year, the AFL-CIO honored the day by standing in solidarity with Hyatt hotel workers and workers at the Mexican operations of the Finnish auto parts manufacturer PKC.

Letters from AFL-CIO unions to workers mobilizing to win respect and a union voice on the job at Hyatt and PKC pledged their solidarity and support. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the letters from the unions “will tell the workers that we support their rights to organize and bargain—the only road forward for fairness and decent work and,” Continue reading “AFL-CIO Unions Pledge Solidarity with Hyatt and PKC Workers in World Day for Decent Work Action”

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

 

09/15/2012; Jackie Tortora

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

Have you ever been browsing the aisles of the grocery store hoping to remember all those union-made products the AFL-CIO Now blog wrote about? Or maybe you’re at the toy store trying to find that perfect gift that’s made in America? Union Plus has a simple solution if you left your shopping list at home.

On your mobile device:

  • Text CARS to 22555 for union-made vehicles.
  • Text BEER to 22555 for union-made beer.
  • Text PETS to 22555 for union-made pet products.
  • Text CANDY to 22555 for union-made candy.
  • Text TOYS to 22555 for union-made toys.

*Message and data rates may apply depending on your cell plan. You can opt out of our text service at any time by replying STOP to any message that you receive.

Reply HELP or contact help@unionplus.org for help.