Political Action

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 »

President Obama, Mitt Romney deadlocked in race, poll finds

A pair of tepid jobs reports, landmark Supreme Court decisions on health-care and immigration laws, and an unprecedented barrage of negative ads have shaped the opening months of the fall presidential campaign. The impact on the horse race: virtually none. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain … Read more »

Union chief dismisses talk of rift between Democrats, labor

The new president of the nation’s largest union of public workers on Thursday rejected suggestions that tensions linger between Democrats and labor over their defeat in the Wisconsin recall election. Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said the recall that failed to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker … Read more »

7 points that could tip the election

From POLITICO – …all eyes are on the looming pivot points that could alter that narrative, though they are few, and will need to hit with serious impact — even the ballyhooed health care ruling has not, polls show, done much to significantly shift the campaign. Some are known and on the calendar; others hover … 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 »

Romney stirs up challenge on unions’ own turf

Mitt Romney has pushed the 2012 electoral battleground into union-friendly territory — putting organized labor on the defensive in states it typically has little trouble holding. Read more at The Washington Times.