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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 7/18/2009, workers and retirees from Central Florida held an informational drive outside of the Bank of America in Crystal River, FL.
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 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.).
AFL-CIO Now Blog -- Recent News Stories
This time of year college students cram for final exams. They get graded in a very stark right-or-wrong fashion. Splitting the difference between a bad guess and the right answer is not rewarded. Unfortunately, Washington is locked in such a crazy struggle. Five years after Wall Street’s fall, the economy still is more than 1 million payroll jobs short of where things stood at the last peak of the labor market. Median household income is still below the peak, meaning more than half of America's households are behind where they were five years ago. The poverty level of America’s children is higher, and state and local revenues only recovered last fiscal year, leaving hundreds of thousands of fewer teachers and larger class sizes for our children. Our nation’s total output is more than $1 trillion less than where it would be if we could get to full employment. Clearly, the right answer to this set of problems is for massive government action to kick start the economy to address the woes of the American people.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that millennial women, those between 18 and 32 years old, recognize that while women have made gains in the workforce in recent decades, many of the roadblocks that have limited the careers of previous generations of women will cause them problems, too. Women who have entered the workforce in the past decade start off more equal to men in terms of pay than any previous generation and they are more educated than both earlier generations of women and men of the same age group. But they believe that, like earlier generations, they will fall further behind men in terms of pay equity once they have children.
To convince British American Tobacco (BAT) to use its influence to improve the rights of tobacco farm workers in the United States, Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), will be briefing members of the British Parliament. BAT owns more than 42% of Reynolds and FLOC is attempting to convince BAT to persuade Reynolds to sign an agreement that would guarantee good working conditions and protect the collective bargaining rights of migrant workers at Reynolds-owned farms in North Carolina. Velasquez will participate in the briefing Thursday.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s statement on the budget deal reached by congressional negotiators calls on Congress to extend unemployment benefits:
It is shocking that Republicans have refused to include an extension of unemployment benefits in today’s budget agreement. At the end of December, federal unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million jobless workers. Lawmakers must not desert these workers by going home for their own holidays without extending the federal unemployment benefits program.
As previously reported, SeaTac, a small town outside of Seattle, voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour on Nov. 5. The victory was confirmed Tuesday after a recount and will go into effect after a corporate-backed lawsuit over the wage is resolved. Now working family activists in Washington State are hoping to ride the success of the SeaTac vote to Seattle, and they've found support from the mayor and the majority of City Council members.
Registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night voted 232 to 66–a 78% margin–to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). They became the first nonunion D.C. hospital workers in decades to vote to join a union. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the secret ballot election.
The Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 brought a little more music into the lives of children in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
What international company wants its employees to accept a 30% pay cut? It's Denver SuperShuttle, and that was the last offer made by the company in contract negotiations with its van drivers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The drivers overwhelming rejected the steep pay cuts, which were so low the workers could have been eligible for food stamps, Medicaid and other public assistance. In other words, SuperShuttle wanted to let the taxpayers subsidize even bigger profits for the company, all because workers voted to have a union.
In the current budget negotiations, federal government workers are once again being targeted as a way for extreme Republicans to try to "solve" a budget deficit "crisis" that isn't a crisis. Government employees didn't cause the budget deficit and they've given more than just about anyone in previous attempts to reduce the deficit, with three years of pay freezes, a lost week of pay during the government shutdown and increased pension payments for new employees. Now the congressional Budget Conference Committee is considering increasing pension payments for all government employees. In response, the AFGE says, "Enough is enough!"
FirstEnergy Corp.’s lockout of 150 utility workers in central Pennsylvania has stirred up a hornet’s nest that CEO Anthony Alexander already regrets.
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