AFGE National Convention Videos – Part I

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2012 AFGE National Convention: AFGE Through the Years

AFGE Connects Us All: Featured at the 2012 AFGE National Convention

2012 AFGE National Convention: AFL-CIO President Richard TrumkaAddresses AFGE Members

AFGE Protests Paul Ryan Outside Las Vegas Hotel

New Census Bureau Report: Working People Can’t Get Ahead

09/12/2012; Mike Hall

 Right-wing economic policies have failed working people.

Right-wing economic policies have failed working families. New U.S. Census Bureau figures show the share of income going to middle- and lower-middle-income households fell, while the share of income going to the top 5 percent went up 4.9 percent. The census report confirms the trend that the Economic Policy Institute shows in The State of Working America, 2012falling incomes and growing inequality. Instead of coddling the richest 1%, America needs to return to the principles of “prosperity economics” that have historically enabled economic security for all and a growing middle class.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says:

A generation after Reagan and more than a decade after the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest among us, the middle class is less and less secure. Median family household income fell again last year and remains 8.9 percent lower than its peak in 1999. The share of income going to middle- and lower-middle-income households continued its fall, while the share of income going to households in the top 5 percent continued to rise. The top 20 percent now get a record high 51.1 percent of America’s income, leaving less for the bottom 80 percent.

The one silver lining in the data, increasing health insurance coverage, would be endangered greatly by a Mitt Romney–Paul Ryan White House, Trumka added. The number of uninsured people fell because of the expansion of Medicare and especially Medicaid, a program that the Romney–Ryan budget targets for immediate and draconian cuts. The Romney–Ryan plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act would mean the immediate end of the provision enabling young adults to benefit from their parents’ coverage.

The number of Americans without health insurance decreased to 48.6 million last year from 50 million in 2010, and the rate of uninsured dropped to 15.7 percent from 16.3 percent during the same period, according to figures released this morning from the U.S. Census Bureau. It was the first time in the past 10 years that the rate of private health insurance did not decrease, census officials said.

Young adults—who, under the provisions of the Affordable care Act (that Mitt Romney wants to repeal), can now be included on their parents’ health insurance plans until 26—accounted for the largest drop in the uninsured population, dropping 2.2 percentage points.

The new figures show, “clear and unmistakable evidence of the current benefits of Obamacare and the need to move forward with the full implementation of the law in 2014,” said Families USA.

But the figures also show the lingering effects of the slow recovery from the great recession, with 25 million more people relying on public insurance, (Medicaid, the [State] Children’s Health Insurance  Plan, Medicare, etc.) while the number of people with employer-sponsored health insurance dropped by 14.2 million.

The census figures also looked at poverty in the United States and found that while the increase in the poverty leveled off in 2011 after three years of increases, 46.2 million people—including 16.1 million children—live in poverty, about 15 percent of the population.

A family of four with two children under the age of 18 would fall below the poverty line with a household income of less than $22,811, according to the Census Bureau.

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Palermo’s Workers Speak Out Following Washington DC Meeting

Palermo’s Workers Speak Out Following Washington DC Meeting

Striking Palermo’s workers paused their daily picket line in front of Palermo’s, 3301 W. Canal St. in the Menomonee Valley for a brief press conference at 2:30 PM Friday. Workers offered immediate reaction to the outcome of a highly anticipated meeting between Palermo’s CEO Giacomo Fallucca and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in Washington D.C.

The AFL-CIO made it clear that they did not speak on behalf of the workers at Palermo Villa who are on strike for union recognition. The AFL-CIO communicated the Palermo employees most basic demand to the company: meet with the Palermo employees directly. At the meeting, Mr. Giacomo Falluca did not agree to meet with the striking workers.

Orlando Sosa, an employee of Palermo Villa for more than ten years and a member of the Organizing Committee of the Palermo Workers Union, expressed the sentiment of the workers when he said, “Palermo’s says they are a family company, but what kind of family refuses to talk with one another?”

Palermo workers have been on strike since June 1. They are demanding formal recognition of their union, the Palermo Workers Union, as well as immediate re-instatement of all striking workers who were fired. The workers are also calling for the company to follow the direction of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and cease any any re-verification or audit of workers documentation status. Continue reading “Palermo’s Workers Speak Out Following Washington DC Meeting”

Union-Made Date Night Ideas


09/08/2012; Jackie Tortora

Don't forget to pick up some union-made ice cream for your date night.

If you’ve been glued to the couch all week watching the Democratic National Convention and the NFL season‘s kickoff, you’re probably itching to get out of the house for a little bit. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, have compiled a handy list for union date night.


  • Excelled Sheepskin & Leather Coat Corp.
  • Kenneth Gordon
  • Joseph Abboud
  • Ben Davis
  • Bosca Accessories
  • Jack Victor Ltd.
  • Jones New York
  • Schott N.Y.C.
  • Union Jean Company


And when you come home after you go out, don’t forget union-made dessert:


Check out the printable Union Date Night list. 

‘Unions Win It’ Fact Sheets on Work-Family Benefits

09/09/2012; Jackie Tortora

 The Labor Project for Working Families recently released a series of new “Unions Win It” fact sheets on bargaining for work-family benefits.

The Labor Project for Working Families recently released a series of new “Unions Win It” fact sheets on bargaining for work-family benefits such as child care, family leave, worker-controlled flexibility, low-wage worker benefits, paid sick days and more. Download the fact sheets from its website and stay tuned for more fact sheets to be released in the coming months.

These short and informative fact sheets give a snapshot of the issues to consider when bargaining for work–family benefits. See below for links to the sheets:

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