Political Action

Will You Stand Up for Your Community This Holiday Season?

Our communities pay the price when Walmart understaffs their stores and underpays employees. As many as 825,000 Walmart workers are earning less than $25,000 a year because of Walmart’s low wages and inadequate hours. Many of these workers have no choice but to rely on public assistance to make ends meet. Workers have been speaking … Read more »

Building Trades Unions Applaud Senator Mark Warner’s Introduction of BRIDGE Act

WASHINGTON, DC – North America’s Building Trades Unions today offered congratulations and support on the introduction by US Senator Mark Warner of legislation that would establish a federal infrastructure bank. Senator Warner’s Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment (BRIDGE) Act represents an earnest and long overdue attempt to address the twin … Read more »

ESQUIRE: Organized Labor Was The Real Winner This Election

The Walking Dead is the most popular show on television and, it seems, organized labor is following suit.  After being pronounced dead (again) in by pundits and media, organized labor is being credited for the outcome of several races and initiative votes on Election Day 2013.  Not so dead after all according to Esquire – … Read more »

Former DOL Secretary Reich Talks about Inequality for All

Here’s a great interview of Robert Reich, leading economist and former secretary of Labor for President Clinton.  In This interview on Moyers & Company he talks about his new documentary film, Inequality for All. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Reich, who Time magazine called one of the … Read more »

Unions Will Save the Middle Class

We’ve done it before, we can do it again. Read the article HERE.

United Sportsmen’s Alliance and Carhartt go country and you can go too!

From the BCTD: Construction Expert David Weil Nominated to Head DOL Wage and Hour Division

 The AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department reported that David Weil, a construction expert and CPWR (the Center for Construction Research and Training) Advisory Board member, has been nominated as administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division.  This arm of the DOL is on the frontline in our fight against employee misclassification and … Read more »

POLITICO: Labor vows to give Democrats a jolt

Assembled here for the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention, less than a year after unions played a pivotal role in helping Democrats win a powerful popular victory in the 2012 presidential election, labor leaders from across the country voiced impatience and exasperation with national politicians whom they say take union members for granted. As a result, union … Read more »

HUFF POST: AFL-CIO Approves Resolution Criticizing Part Of Obama Health Care Law

WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent. The strongly worded resolution says the Affordable Care Act will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health … Read more »

The IUPAT at AFL-CIO 2013: UPDATED 8:15AM, Sept. 11

  This week in Los Angeles, delegates from the many unions that are part of the AFL-CIO, including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, have gathered to chart the course for the federation over the next four years. As reported on the AFL-CIO Convention website, the “AFL-CIO is governed by a quadrennial convention … Read more »