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Why We Are Honoring Maina Kiai: Defending the Freedom of Association Is Central to Upholding Human Rights

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day—at a time when human, labor and civil rights are under attack in the United States and globally—it is critical that workers are empowered to speak up and act out for justice. Human rights at work only can be defended when the fundamental right to freedom of association is respected and workers can organize for change.
That’s why, next week, the AFL-CIO will present the annual 2016 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to Maina Kiai, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

Posted: December 10, 2016, 6:00 pm

Everyone Has Value: We Celebrate International Human Rights Day

Everyone has value. 

On International Human Rights Day, we reflect on our core values as a movement of working people. As stated in our Constitution Preamble:

We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish ­oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet with these achievements.

Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:00 pm

Working Families Condemn Puzder Labor Appointment

Working family advocates have strongly condemned President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as secretary of labor. Here are excerpts from their comments.

Posted: December 9, 2016, 5:18 pm

Viewpoint: Trump, Carrier, and Corporate Welfare

Posted: December 9, 2016, 3:55 pm

Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary is a big ‘screw you’ to the Fight for $15

In an otherwise grim period for the U.S. labor movement, the fast food industry has been a hot spot for organizing activity. For the past four years, the union-backed Fight for 15 movement and allied groups have staged a series of nationwide, day-long strikes and protests in support of higher wages and unionization for fast […]
Posted: December 8, 2016, 8:30 pm

Andy Puzder's Record Defined by Fighting Against Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the expected nomination of Andy Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 8:20 pm

CWA Statement on Likely Nomination of Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor

The Trump transition team today indicated that Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, would likely be nominated as Secretary of Labor.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 8:13 pm

AFL-CIO Endorses Keith Ellison to Lead DNC

The Executive Council of the 12.5-million-member AFL-CIO has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Rep. Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic National Committee. Over the past few weeks, several candidates have sought the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and met personally with members of the Political Committee, which ultimately recommended the endorsement.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 7:07 pm

CWA Statement on Likely Nomination of Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor

Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, would be a fine choice to head a government agency responsible for looking out for millionaires. But Puzder has a record of public statements and action that demonstrates why he is a poor choice to head the agency responsible for promoting “the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees.”

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:51 pm

Bargaining Update

The latest bargaining updates for DIRECTV, AT&T West and Buffalo News.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:44 pm

Working Familes Respond #ImWithChuck After Trump Attacks USW Leader

On Twitter Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump attacked United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 President Chuck Jones. Quickly, working families responded by creating the #ImWithChuck hashtag that highlights the role that unions have in fighting on behalf of good jobs. Here are some of the key tweets.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:43 pm

Workers Holding Trump Accountable for "Good Jobs" Promises

CWAers joined hundreds of federal contract workers, union activists, Senator Bernie Sanders and other progressive leaders at a rally in Washington, D.C., calling for fair wages, benefits and workers' rights for millions of federal contract workers.  

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:37 pm

Call Your Senator to Keep Good Jobs in the U.S.

Urgent: 300,000 good U.S. aviation jobs are at risk.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:31 pm

Local 6222 Activist Wins Safety/Health Award

CWA Local 6222's Randy Rodriguez received the Educator and Family Activist Award this week from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:25 pm

CWA Retirees: ‘The Price is Not Right’

The Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) is rolling out a grassroots, national campaign to block proposed cuts and changes to Medicare that Republicans plan to pursue.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:23 pm

Launching the New CWA E-Store

Show your union colors by shopping at the new CWA e-store.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:18 pm

Approval of Norwegian Air Permit a Betrayal of US Aviation Workers

Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 6:08 pm

Working People Unite: ‘I'm with Chuck’

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

Chuck Jones is a man of passion, conviction and integrity who would do anything for his union brothers and sisters. USW President Leo W. Gerard is exactly right—Chuck is a hero. An attack on him is an attack on all working people.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 5:55 pm

North Pole Elves Call Boycott over Toy Workshop Offshoring

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Posted: December 8, 2016, 3:59 pm

Native American Heritage Month: Will You Help?

Audre Lorde famously concluded that “there is no hierarchy of oppression.” Yet, disenfranchised groups and social justice movements often compete against each other over who is more oppressed. They compete for resources, media attention or simply for a seat at the table. This competition often does more harm to these communities than good and only draws away from the important issues of representation.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 1:15 pm

A Home Base for Temp Worker Organizing

Posted: December 7, 2016, 11:55 pm

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

The Council of the District of Columbia not only moved the Universal Paid Leave bill forward on Dec. 6, but restored medical leave to the program. The proposal now includes eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave and two weeks of medical leave, making it one of the nation’s most generous packages of family and medical leave benefits.

Posted: December 7, 2016, 3:46 pm

Enormous, Humongous $42.6 Billion October Trade Deficit Is Unbalanced

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the October trade deficit rose to $42.6 billion from a enormous and humongous 36.2 billion in September. That’s a 17.8 percent increase. October exports were down $3.4 billion and imports were up $3.0 billion. The goods deficit with China also increased, hitting $28.9 billion in October. Scott Paul, […]
Posted: December 7, 2016, 1:15 pm

The Hope From Audacity: Fight for $15 Pulls Off “Most Disruptive” Day of Action Yet

Chicago—The movement known as Fight for $15 started in New York City as a surprise one-day strike. The workers’ demands then were simple and bold. They wanted a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to organize a union. The workers who initiated the campaign could no longer tolerate lengthy debates over penny […]
Posted: December 6, 2016, 8:00 pm

The letter from Carrier to its employees that Donald Trump doesn’t want you to read

On Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump traveled to the Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Indiana to tout the deal he helped orchestrate to keep about 800 manufacturing jobs in the United States in exchange for state and federal incentives, including $7 million from Indiana. “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. Not […]
Posted: December 5, 2016, 5:00 pm

I, Daniel Blake and The Power of Working-Class Story Telling

Ken Loach’s latest film I, Daniel Blake (2016) was hard for me to watch. I left the cinema with a knot in my stomach and tears in my eyes. It was a visceral experience that brought back memories of my … Continue reading
Posted: December 5, 2016, 11:59 am

DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

“I sometimes imagine how my life would be different if my mom had the option of paid family leave,” Travis said. The District of Columbia resident was born prematurely. Because his mother could not get the time off from work to make necessary hospital visits to care for her fragile son, “She had to give […]
Posted: December 2, 2016, 4:31 pm

Using Your Contract Survey to Maximum Effect

Posted: December 1, 2016, 8:51 pm

Building a Union Wireless Industry

"We are one industry" was the message as CWA members came together in San Antonio, Tex., for the Wireless Worker conference

Posted: December 1, 2016, 7:30 pm

Envoy Air CWAers Fight for $15

Envoy Air passenger service agents rallied at major airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Houston on the Fight for $15 National Day of Action.

Posted: December 1, 2016, 7:25 pm

Fight For $15 Fights With Nationwide Strike Today

When do we want a $15 minimum wage? We want it now. 43% of the workforce — 60 million workers — are paid less than $15/hour. People will continue to fight for decent wages, the election of Donald “Wages Are Too High” Trump notwithstanding. “83-year old McDoanld’s worker Jose Carillo on his 12th strike gets […]
Posted: December 1, 2016, 5:17 pm

Deindustrialisation, Deregulation, and Division: The Case of Shirebrook and Sports Direct

Deindustrialisation has ravaged areas of the English North and Midlands, areas that are also some of the hardest hit by successive governments’ programs of austerity since 2008. A recent study claimed that the hollowing out of industry in these areas … Continue reading
Posted: November 28, 2016, 11:13 am

Nova Scotia Teachers on the Verge of Strike

Posted: November 23, 2016, 10:55 pm

Thanksgiving on the Picket Lines at Momentive

Posted: November 23, 2016, 9:30 pm

After Labor Notes Training, Management Sees Red

Posted: November 22, 2016, 11:26 pm

Wage Theft Against Immigrants Threatens All Working People

The United States holds sacrosanct the principle that regardless of who you are, or where you come from, your hard work will be rewarded. For day laborers in America, at least half of whom report experiencing wage theft, this ideal rings hollow. In a country so expansive and so diverse as America, there must be […]
Posted: November 22, 2016, 12:02 pm

This week in the war on workers: What happens if Obama's overtime expansion is reversed?

President Obama’s expansion of overtime pay goes into effect on December 1. But what happens if it gets rolled back in 2017? Here are some of the Department of Labor’s takeaways from a Congressional Budget Office report: CBO finds that reversing the rule would strip nearly 4 million workers of overtime protections. According to the report, […]
Posted: November 21, 2016, 1:00 pm

Engaging the Unreachables

Those of us from white working-class families with people we know and love who voted for Trump have a special heartache over this year’s election.  Why do so many good people have such deplorable politics?  I mostly took a pass … Continue reading
Posted: November 21, 2016, 11:44 am

Think It’s Tough for Labor Now? Just Wait Until Trump Takes Office in January

In 63 days, organized labor is going to find itself in a new political reality, which it seems totally unprepared for. Donald Trump will be president; the Republicans will control the House and Senate and one of Trump’s first tasks will be to nominate a new Supreme Court justice. Though Trump was tight-lipped about specific […]
Posted: November 18, 2016, 6:30 pm

Employment Lawsuit Earnings - How Are They Split Up in a Divorce?

Divorce. Sadly, it happens every day. Fortunately, there are laws in place to help make things as fair as possible for a couple that is splitting up. That means that even the division of property is governed by laws. But what about lawsuit earnings? In particular, employment lawsuit earnings? How are they treated in a […]
Posted: November 17, 2016, 6:07 pm

Trumped Up Charges Against Evangelicals

Oops, they did it again! Those evangelicals ushered in yet another Republican president!  Britney Spears’s insight that some things just can’t be helped seems to apply to evangelicals and the way they vote. ABC News exit polls show that white … Continue reading
Posted: November 14, 2016, 11:35 am

Memo to the Next President: Don’t Forget the Working Class

At the end of most US presidential elections, most Americans are ready to see the last of campaign ads, social media commentaries and tension-fraught news coverage. That’s even more true this year. But more than in most recent elections, we … Continue reading
Posted: November 7, 2016, 12:17 pm

It Is Rigged…and We Must Revolt

One of the most popular memes in Donald J. Trump’s campaign is his claim that the system — and more recently the election itself — is rigged.  After Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination, Donald Trump made the following appeal … Continue reading
Posted: October 31, 2016, 11:10 am

A Future Nobel Literature Prize for a Working-Class Rapper?

Reactions were mixed to the announcement that songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Some literary aficionados were outraged that a popular musician had won the prize (rather than a novelist or poet), while others were … Continue reading
Posted: October 24, 2016, 10:54 am

The Extraordinary Ordinary Working Class

When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street earlier this summer, after succeeding David Cameron as Prime Minister, she did something extraordinary: she used the phrase ‘working class’. Not for May the mealy-mouthed ‘working people’, ‘hardworking families’, or … Continue reading
Posted: October 17, 2016, 11:03 am

Shakespeare and Working-Class Students: The Value of Irrelevance

In these tough times for higher education, English departments almost routinely begin each year reviewing grim reports of decreasing numbers of majors.  This sparks hand-wringing, soul-searching, and the inevitable conclusion that we must “market ourselves better” to show the “practical” … Continue reading
Posted: October 10, 2016, 10:46 am

Fighting the Money Mongers

The recent debacle involving the corporately sanctioned illegal churning of consumer  bank accounts by Wells Fargo reminds us of how difficult it is for consumers to access reliably ethical banking services. With easy access to the kinds of information most … Continue reading
Posted: October 3, 2016, 11:13 am