Rock County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

 

VICTORY in Janesville. Tonight these four advocates for working families restored a just cause standard to the city employees.

The AFL-CIO, a union that has had its share of issues with elements of the Affordable Health Care Act, is now poised to become one of its biggest defenders on Capitol Hill. In a letter to be sent Monday to House and Senate lawmakers, labor leader Richard Trumka blasted the “reckless” Republican-led effort to repeal Obamacare “with breathtaking speed” — and without providing a replacement program.

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Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor—fast food CEO Andrew Puzder—would be a disaster for working Americans. He’s railed against a meaningful increase in the minimum wage, opposed expanding overtime pay and supported replacing working people with machines.

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated school privatization advocate and right-wing billionaire Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. DeVos has pushed a failed program of unregulated vouchers and for-profit charter schools that has failed students, parents and teachers in Michigan. Now, she wants to expand those destructive policies nationally.

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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Andy Puzder, the CEO of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains, to be America’s next labor secretary. In doing so, Trump may be drawing more attention to the plight of low-wage workers than he could have imagined. Puzder’s company violated minimum wage law by paying Hardee’s workers with pre-paid Visa debit cards.

Working people do not want a savior to speak for us. We want to raise our own voices through our unions — and those voices are more essential than ever.

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VICTORY IN JANESVILLE! A just cause standard was restored to Janesville School District employee in a 5-3 vote of the School Board on October 25th. It was an 18 month effort with hundreds of people lending a helping hand. Two election cycles! Special thanks to our Labor and Progressive Coalition partners in Janesville

President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a source familiar with the matter, in an appointment likely to antagonize organized labor. Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc, which operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, has been a vociferous critic of government regulation of the workplace.

The January 2017 meeting of the Rock County Central Labor Council January 23, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. It will be held at the Union Labor Temple, 1605 Center Avenue, Janesville WI. 53546. 

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