Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation—and Jimmy  Gilbert, director of the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council, will write more on that next Monday—the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.  Read more »

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 »

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