The Revolution Will Be Twittered

By: Thursday September 17, 2009 3:30 pm

Photo credit: Bill Burke/Page One

How appropriate Michael Moore premiered “Capitalism: A Love Story” in Pittsburgh this week, to coincide with our 26th AFL-CIO Convention. Moore, in an action spearheaded by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), marched with AFL-CIO delegates to the movie theater, and afterward, encouraged all of us to sponsor it in theaters throughout the country, because, as he says at the end of the film, he needs help to spark the populist revolution.

He’ll have a great partner with the new leadership of the AFL-CIO. Late yesterday, delegates elected Richard Trumka president, Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer, and re-elected Arlene Holt Baker executive vice president. The team is a mini-revolution in itself: It’s the first time the top leadership of the AFL-CIO includes two women, and Shuler, 39, is the youngest-ever unionist ever to hold so high a position in the labor movement.

 

What a Drag It Is Being Young

By: Thursday September 3, 2009 1:33 pm

Young people only work because they need some cash for a new iPod. So forget about raising the minimum wage. It’s not like 20-somethings are raising a family. And forget about health care reform, too. People who want health coverage have it. Young workers don’t have health coverage because they don’t want it. You know, they think they’re invincible.

If you’re a young worker, you’ve probably heard those lines more than once. And especially if you’re a young worker, you know how false they are.

We had a few young workers here at the AFL-CIO this week to talk about what it’s really like to be age 35 and younger and trying to get by. They joined us for the release of our new report: “Young Workers: A Lost Decade.”

Union-Busting, the Latest Ugly U.S. Export

By: Thursday February 28, 2008 10:30 am

We all know that when it comes to providing health care, maternity leave and retirement security for all their citizens, Britain, France and all the rest of “old” Europe make the United States look pretty pathetic.

For instance, Britain provides 72 weeks of paid maternity leave while even South Africa, at the low end of the spectrum, offers 12 paid weeks.

Green, the Color of Good Jobs

By: Thursday February 21, 2008 10:30 am

The union movement is turning green. Not with envy, but with an escalating sense that the nation must work to address climate change and that we must be part of the effort to create good jobs that also are green jobs.

Last December, an unprecedented delegation of unionists traveled to Bali, Indonesia, for the U.N. climate change conference. Of the 90 union delegates, more than 20 were from North America.

Slaves, Sharecroppers, Now Immigrants

By: Thursday February 14, 2008 10:30 am

There are many reasons economic immigrants come to this nation—driven out of their home countries by bad trade deals that fail to consider the impact on workers or because they are fleeing unfettered corporate greed that seeks out impoverished nations to pay the lowest possible wages. Last week in this spot, I took a look at why border crossings start in the boardroom.

Once in the United States, immigrants are ripe for employer exploitation—and many U.S. employers don’t hesitate to do so.

Economic Disaster Longtime Coming

By: Thursday January 24, 2008 10:30 am

Back in January 2001, in an article presciently titled: “Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Finally Over,’ ” The Onion satirized the list of horrors on our horizon following the installation of the Bush regime. Here’s what The Onion had to say about Bush and America’s economy:

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