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On 7/18/2009, workers and retirees from Central Florida held an informational drive outside of the Bank of America in Crystal River, FL.
Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/ Read more >>>
Friends of the Feathered
As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>
Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income
Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.Read more >>>
It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>
When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>
On 7/30/2009, citizens from Gainesville, FL, attended a Healthcare Reform Townhall focused on the public option. Workers from the North Florida Central Labor Council, as well as members of the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee, asked a panel of experts questions. And, heard personal stories from from survivors of our current Healthcare system. Together, Organizing for America and the North Florida Central Labor Council presented their respective must haves from Congress.
On July 28th, 2009, workers throughout the United States called their Congressional delegates to ensure Labor's three must haves with Healthcare are heard. From Jacksonville to Pensacola, workers in North Florida joined the mobilization efforts and took an active role by participating through their Central Labor Councils and Local Unions.
On 7/27/2009, workers and the community joined together to hear stories about Healthcare, and to support the President's Healthcare plan. Senator Tony Hill spoke while Representative Gibson moderated the discussion. Organizing for America Deputy Field Director Chris Turner introduced guests and speakers.
On 7/17/2009, workers from the Big Bend Labor Chapter in Tallahassee, FL, demonstrated outside of Tallahassee Community College in support of the Employee Free Choice Act and Healthcare Reform.
On 6/19 and 6/20, the North Central Florida Central Labor Council held two events, in Gainesville and Ocala respectively. With over 600 flyers passed out, and 102.2°F heat, workers and their families informed the public about the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act, while displaying their distrust for the financial giant Bank of America. After it became public in January that the corporate giant was helping fund a multi-million dollar disinformation campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act, workers in Florida have been protesting the bank that took taxpayer monies in the form of bailouts, then turned around and used taxpayer monies to attack legislation that will turn around America's middle class.
On 6/11/2009, Workers in Panama City, FL, combined their efforts for an information drive regarding the Employee Free Choice Act and Health Care Reform. Tom Owens, from AFGE (shown in picture) helped explain to the general public why working families need an economy that works for everyone.
On June 2nd, 2009, President Fred Croon and Zone Coordinator Aaron Wazlavek submitted a proposal regarding the Employee Free Choice Act to the Bay County Democratic Executive Committee for adoption.
On May 17th, 2009, over 200 people from working families mobilized in Jacksonville, FL to show solidarity in standing against the Council for a Union free work Environment (CUE Inc.).
On May 16th, 2009, local labor leaders had an opportunity to meet with US Senator Bill Nelson in Jacksonville, FL
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