AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Barack Obama spoke out against "right to work" for less legislation yesterday. These types of laws reduce wages and benefits for working families. Two days ago, Chris Savage reported that Michigan Republicans, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, were planning on making Michigan the nation’s 24th “right to work” for Less (RTWFL) state by the end of the year. Read more »
President Obama has resurrected his proposal to invest $50 billion in infrastructure and wants it included in the fiscal cliff deal. Republicans were immediately critical of the proposal. Details were not released, but it is assumed that the proposal is similar to those previously announced by President Obama in 2010 and 2011. Those proposals have not passed the Democratic Senate or the Republican House. It’s debatable how hard the White House has pushed Congress to pass the proposal. Read more »
Hundreds of Michiganders flooded the state Capitol building in Lansing on Thursday to tell their legislators to reject a "right to work" for less proposal currently before a legislative committee. Working families oppose the legislation that would make it easier for corporations to take advantage of their employees and weaken workers' ability to bargain with management. Read more »
As Congress debates how to prevent the federal budget from going over the “fiscal cliff,” a new report shows nearly 900,000 Minnesotans would be harmed if lawmakers cut Social Security. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 882,408 Minnesotans could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security. They include 115,780 people with disabilities and 59,076 children. Read more »
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) invites media representatives to the opening day festivities of its fifth annual Holiday Lights in the Park event on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Phalen Park in St. Paul. Representatives from the IBEW and local charities will be on hand throughout the day to meet the needs of the media to promote this event which has raised more than $170,000 during its run as one of the state’s largest holiday lights displays. Read more »
In October, American Crystal Sugar—which has locked out its highly trained 1,300 member workforce since August 2011—has been assessed nearly $50,000 in fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for widespread, “high gravity” and “serious” safety violations, including accumulation of combustible dust and failure to lock out equipment Read more »
Minnesota labor leaders say the efforts of thousands of union members paid off in Tuesday’s high voter turnout and wins by many labor-endorsed candidates. “Minnesotans firmly rejected the politics of division, restriction and corporate greed and embraced a call to build a better state for today and tomorrow,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said. Read more »
"On behalf of the skilled craft professionals that comprise America's Building Trades Unions, I offer our heartfelt congratulations to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on their historic re-election.
I also offer our prayers for the President and the Vice President as they begin the process of governing and moving our nation forward with an "invest in America" strategy that seeks to build our country from the middle out and rehabilitate and rebuild recently devastated areas that need our help. Read more »
The recovery from Hurricane Sandy is going to require time, money and effort. And, like so many of the heroic rescues that happened during the storm, much of the effort is going to come from union members, and especially from the unionized public workers that the Republican Party has worked so hard to hurt over the past couple of years. Read more »
More job openings are available in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota, but the pace of employment growth still lags and the quality of many of the jobs is poor, according to an analysis by the JOBS NOW Coalition.
There are nearly twice as many job openings in the Twin Cities Metro Region as three years ago, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. There are now 34,600 metro job openings, which means that most of the openings that vanished during the Great Recession have been regained, JOBS NOW said. Read more »