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Across the country, working people have spoken out in favor of better wages and fair treatment—and Wednesday’s White House Summit on Worker Voice is a positive step in the raising wages agenda.
The actions that drove us to this point were based on Seven Principles. These principles are universal and enjoy the support of anyone who supports collective action.
Young working people organizing on the job will be a hot topic at the first ever, White House Summit on Worker Voice. To shed some light on the latest in a series of digital worker wins, I had a one on one with Alice Ollstein of Think Progress. Alice is a political reporter at Think Progress and has been writing for newspapers since her tween-years. She has always wanted to be a journalist, but today she sits on the other side, sharing her story on why she is a “union yes.”
In Atlanta this weekend, negotiators rushed through a deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and working families were quick to respond, asking why the deal has to be rushed when there are many unanswered questions, and demanding that the details of the agreement be released as soon as possible so the people most affected by the deal—working people—know what to expect. Here are the responses from the AFL-CIO and other working family organizations.
Growing up, I was always a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, I was from Florida, but we didn't have professional basketball back then, so I looked around for a team to support and the Lakers were it. Led by a flashy point guard, Magic Johnson, the team entertained, it had fun and it won a lot. Over the years, the team had its ups and downs but after winning back-to-back titles during the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons, the team was aging and it secured a trade for star point guard Chris Paul. Lakers fans, like myself, were salivating at the idea of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul running circles around the opposition and bringing more titles to one of the greatest franchises in sports history.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that he is appointing Roberta Reardon, a leader with the AFL-CIO, to be the state's next commissioner of labor. Reardon will take over from acting commissioner Mario Musolino.
Recently, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the WAGE Act, an attempt to solidify and strengthen protections for working people. Since the legislation was introduced, more and more voices have been joining the chorus calling for Congress to approve the act.
Over the past year, Swazi workers have not been deterred from taking part in union meetings even though the gatherings were repeatedly broken up by police. They turned out in large numbers for the annual May Day rally, although they were threatened with arrest if they did so. And they took all these actions in an environment in which unions were banned and free speech squelched.
The U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in September and unemployment was unchanged at 5.1%, remaining at the same rate as the month before, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. This is a time when our nation recognizes the significant contributions Latinos make in the United States. We salute the contributions of Latino and immigrant workers and their families to our country and to our workforce. They give new strength to the American Dream and remind us that all labor has dignity. While it is a time to celebrate the diversity of a community that is projected to be one-third of our population in 2050, it is also a time to highlight the issues facing our Latino and immigrant brothers and sisters.
On Oct. 7, the White House is holding a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. Until the summit begins, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job. Today, we look at Gawker.
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