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Five Obamacare Myths

ON the subject of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to reclaim the name critics have made into a slur — a number of fallacies seem to be congealing into accepted wisdom. Much of this is the result of unrelenting Republican propaganda and right-wing punditry, but it has gone largely unchallenged by gun-shy Democrats. The … Read more »

A Short Sighted Approach To Re-Building The Tappan Zee

Rather than criticizing Governor Cuomo over the new Tappan Zee Bridge proposal, we should be praising him for possessing that rarest of qualities among New York government leaders: vision. In his Daily News column last week, Bill Hammond thinks New York should be cut corners to rebuild the bridge – ditching critical worker safety rules … Read more »

How Pensions Violate Free Speech

In its Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court held that companies have a First Amendment right to make electoral expenditures with general corporate treasuries. And they’ve done so, with relish, pouring millions into the political system. What Citizens United failed to account for, however, is that a significant portion of the money that corporations are … Read more »

Painters Union Personally Presents Nevada Senator Dean Heller’s Reno and Las Vegas Offices with Call to Action on the Bring Jobs Home Act

Las Vegas, NV — This week, leaders and members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) visited the Reno and Las Vegas offices of Senator Dean Heller to personally deliver a letter from the members of the union calling for the passage of the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2884).  The legislation, due to be voted … Read more »

Workers Stand for America Rally

Save the Date!  August 11, 2012, union members from throughout the East Coast are gathering in Philadelphia for the Workers Stand for America Rally! We’re uniting in solidarity to send a powerful message to Congress and anti-union forces that we are committed to fight for the working class.  We are not going to rest until … Read more »

Delaware lawmakers praise organized labor

State lawmakers have passed a resolution praising organized labor and directing that its history be taught in public schools in a “fair and balanced” way. The resolution states that it is critically important that the history of organized labor be taught in public schools in a fair, unbiased and comprehensive manner. Read more at The … Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds the Health Care Reform Law

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding the Affordable Care Act. We are pleased and relieved that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s decision means that we can continue moving full speed ahead to implement and build upon the Affordable … Read more »

High Court Decision A Blow To Public Sector Unions

In a blow for public sector labor unions, the Supreme Court ruled that non-members — who are required to pay dues in closed shops — do not have to pay special assessments to finance the union’s political activities. The Justices said the First Amendment requires an opt-in system. Read more at NPR.org.

We Asked, You Told Us: Your Favorite Made in America Items

From the AFL-CIO — When we asked about your favorite Made in America items, dozens and dozens of you responded. Topping the list of favorites? Slugger baseball bats, Miller beer and anything sweet and/or chocolate—Oreos, Hershey Kisses and Russell Stovers. Buicks and all U.S.-made cars, and a variety of guns—Rugers, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons—and ammo … Read more »

What happens if America loses its unions

What would America look like without a union movement? That’s not a hard question to answer, because we’re almost at that point. The rate of private-sector unionization has fallen below 7 percent, from a post-World War II high of roughly 40 percent. Already, the economic effects of a union-free America are glaringly apparent: an economically stagnant or downwardly … Read more »