In an age of smartphones, email and the Internet, members of IBEW local unions in the Pacific Northwest are going back to the basics to spread the union's message. They're using good, old-fashioned, in-person communication to reach out to their fellow union members and future union members.
We've said it for years. Because of the "Union Difference"—fair wages and better benefits for workers who belong to a union—unions are the ticket to the middle class. Even if you don't belong to a union, there is a spillover effect to the whole economy. In other words, when unions are strong, everyone benefits. Read more »
As the 2013 Legislative session entered its second month, the Minnesota AFL-CIO announced its "Agenda for Middle Class Dignity & Fairness" as a way for state lawmakers to help level the playing field for middle class families.
The agenda includes significantly increasing the state's minimum wage, adding consequences for employers who lock workers out, and new privacy protections. Read more »
What would it cost if the nation’s crumbling infrastructure of bridges, roads, rails, sewer systems, power grids, airports and more is allowed to deteriorate at its current pace? Some 3.5 million jobs and $3.1 trillion in lost economic output by 2020. What would it cost to avoid that? About $1.1 trillion in additional investment. Read more »
By a unanimous vote on Thursday, Chicago’s City Council passed one of the strongest “wage theft” laws in the United States. The move was hailed by labor activists, who’ve long complained that wage theft — not paying workers what they’re legally owed — is one of the easiest crimes to get away with. Read more »