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 »
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 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 »