There is a reason why we have a day called “labor day” and not one called “corporation day.” We do not dedicate a day to the social and economic achievements of entities like Walmart or McDonald’s because they are not the workhorses that built the country. Organized labor created a way for workers to stand up against oppressive businesses and corporations who wished to exploit them.
|By: Tula Connell Monday December 12, 2011 4:22 pm|
|By: Michael Whitney Monday October 4, 2010 1:20 pm|
Laura Flanders of GRITtv spoke with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last week about jobs, Trumka’s union experience, and the future of the labor movement. Trumka is clearly aggravated about a lack of progress on jobs, saying that President Obama “is probably more pro-business than anybody in the past.” He also says “the worst thing this president could do” is replace Larry Summers with a CEO.
|By: Bruce H. Vail Monday July 12, 2010 6:30 pm|
Tomorrow afternoon, Congress will once again take up new legislative proposals to improve coal mine safety. After decades of repeated mining disasters, countless unnecessary deaths and injuries, and continual demands for remedial action, can Congress finally get mining safety legislation right? The outward signs are not encouraging.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday April 29, 2010 4:10 pm|
Anyone sensing a pattern here? One miner is dead and another is missing after the roof of a non-union coal mine collapsed in Kentucky today.
|By: Tula Connell Thursday April 23, 2009 1:30 pm|
We’re giving up Styrofoam cups here at our building in Washington, D.C. Also doing an energy audit and taking a few other steps as a start toward making our building a green one—just some of the actions the AFL-CIO announced this week, in time for Earth Day.
Back in 1999, there was surprise over the “Teamsters and Turtles” alliance during protests against the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle.