Ironworkers' ‘Countdown to Zero’ Reducing Workplace Deaths

In January 2012, the Ironworkers launched a new worksite safety campaign, with the goal of “zero fatalities, and the first figures in show that "Countdown to Zero” is making a difference and saving lives (see chart below). Read more »

LAX Project Provides Wealth of Experience for IBEW Apprentice

The AFL-CIO NOW Blog is following the story of Hannah Cooper, an apprentice with Electrical Workers (IBEWLocal 11 in Los Angeles. Here’s her latest report and check out her first entry.) Read more »

The Labor Movement Gave My Family a 'Ticket to the Middle Class'

I can’t remember how old I was before I knew my father was undocumented. By the time I was 5 or 6, my father’s long and arduous journey from Michoacán, Mexico, to our small American town of Redwood City, Calif., had already become part of our family lore. I heard how hard and exhausting it was for him, as a young boy and then a teen, to have to work every day picking cotton, strawberries and grapes in 100-degree heat. His stories captured my imagination when I considered how hard he worked and how far he had come to make a better life for himself. Read more »

Why Bill Clinton Came to 'Talk Windows' at the AFL-CIO

It began with a simple conversation over water and dinner rolls in a restaurant in Davos, Switzerland. After the annual world economic forum held in Davos, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Bill Clinton discussed what should be done to create jobs and take on the challenge of climate change—and how working people could step up and invest where banks and Wall Street had failed.   Read more »

Republicans Hide Attack on Overtime Pay Behind ‘Flexibility’ Mask

Republicans in Congress have renewed their decades-old attack on the 40-hour workweek. Once again, they are pushing so-called “comp time” legislation that would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work.

Ten years ago, the Republican leadership in Congress and the Bush administration tried to pass the exact same legislation, but working families said, “Longer hours for less pay? No way.” 

We won that fight in 2003. The “comp time” bill died in the House of Representatives, even though Republicans had a majority. Read more »

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