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 October 17, 2008 1:45 PM

Oct. 17, 2008

Steelworkers for Obama
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and former Steelers join members of the United Steelworkers in blitzing the state for Barack Obama
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“Unions make a big difference for younger workers,” says John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. His new study shows young workers are taking some of the hardest hits from the stagnant wages and economic mess of the past three decades. But young union workers earn 12.4 percent more and get better benefits than their nonunion counterparts.

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 October 17, 2008 1:43 PM

Quick Poll: Do a candidate’s donors matter to you?

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  Young Union Workers Earn More, Get Better Benefits

  Winning Team: Pittsburgh Steelers Owner and Steelworkers on the Road for Obama

  McCain’s Plumbing Problems

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Fix the Real Economy October 13, 2008 2:26 PM

Today’s disastrous economic headlines have been brought to you by Bush-McCain-style economic policies. They prove that an economy built on Wild West behavior without legitimate government oversight brings disaster.

Beyond the government bailouts of financial giants like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG, we need to restart our economic engine by fixing our real economy - where real people live and work.

We need immediate action by Congress to provide relief for working families, create new jobs and rebuild our economy from the ground up. The AFL-CIO is calling for fast-track congressional approval of a new economic stimulus plan that includes:

  • A moratorium on home foreclosures to allow for a restructuring of subprime mortgages.
  • Extended unemployment benefits for jobless workers.
  • Fiscal relief to states and funding for food stamps to make sure all Americans can provide for their families.
  • A jump-start for ready-to-go construction projects to repair schools, roads and bridges—construction that will help create good, family-supporting jobs in many communities where currently there are none.

Join us by calling your member of Congress today and tell them to take action:
(202) 224-3121

We need to fix the real economy because families like yours remain our true economic engine. (Italics mine) It is clear that our economic system is out of whack and we need to get to work fixing it right now, not just bailing out huge corporations.

Tell your member of Congress to pass a new economic stimulus bill that will help working families in the real economy as much as the speculative economy. We need to restart America’s real economy.

In Solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO


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 October 13, 2008 2:24 PM

George Bush, Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke came to Congress last weekend with a request for a $700 billion blank check to bail out Wall Street. Thankfully, our allies in Congress are pushing back against this dangerous and ill-conceived bill.

To ensure that the bill Congress passes is a balanced one, our congressional leadership needs to hear from you. Contact your member of Congress and their leaders today and tell them "no blank checks" for Wall Street.

Our nation is facing a real financial crisis, brought on by seven years of Bush-McCain financial policies, that calls for action that is thoughtful and swift—but not hasty.  The actions we take at this perilous time must set the stage for a real recovery that benefits Main Street as well as Wall Street.

The last thing we should do is compound the enormous imbalances in our economy with an enormously imbalanced rescue package. To accomplish this, any bailout must:

  • Be governed by an independent board with transparency and effective public and congressional oversight.
  • Use the full array of financial and legal tools available to the government to stop foreclosures and restructure home mortgage loans for working families.
  • Address the cause of the crisis on Main Street in addition to the symptoms on Wall Street. Congress should pass a second stimulus package in its entirety.
  • Work to address the disastrous weaknesses in our financial regulatory system and corporate governance system that allowed this disaster to happen.

Contact your member of Congress and their leaders today and tell them to ensure that any bailout package is a balanced one.

The current Bush-Paulson-Bernanke proposal does nothing for families facing foreclosure or for working people hit hard by the economy, and it does nothing to hold those who caused this crisis accountable. Meanwhile, it grants unlimited authority to the Bush administration to spend $700 billion of the public’s money to prop up whomever they wish on Wall Street, without any rules or independent oversight. 

This is not acceptable.

The stakes are enormous.  If this plan ends up squandering hundreds of billions of dollars of the public’s money, the damage will not be limited to the financial system.  As a nation, we must address the health care crisis, the infrastructure crisis, the energy and environmental crisis and the jobs crisis.  Our future and our children’s future depend on focusing our nation on these challenges in the real economy.

Contact your member of Congress and their leaders today and tell them "no blank checks" for Wall Street.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO


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Our Economy is In Crisis October 13, 2008 2:22 PM

Our economy is in crisis. The unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, a five-year high. Jobless claims are at their highest level since the weeks following Sept. 11, 2001. And Wall Street wants a $700 billion bailout!

A blank check for Wall Street is not acceptable. Our tax dollars must be used to provide a hand up for the millions of working people who live on Main Street, not a handout to a privileged band of overpaid executives on Wall Street. We need your help to ensure that your representative votes to help out Main Street.

Contact your representative now and urge him or her to help Main Street by supporting an emergency economic recovery package for working families.

Congress must pass an emergency economic recovery package this week that:

  • Extends unemployment benefits for jobless workers.
  • Provides fiscal relief to states and food stamp funding to make sure our people can provide for their families.
  • Jump-starts ready-to-go construction projects to repair schools, roads and bridges?construction that will help create good, family-supporting jobs in many communities where currently there are none.

We need to provide a boost for the real economy to create jobs and help working families, not just a bailout for Wall Street. Contact your member of Congress today and demand that he or she support an emergency economic recovery package that helps working families.

Our recession is deepening every day and stealing money from the pockets of every working family in America. We need to act now to help rebuild America's real economy.

In Solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO


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 October 13, 2008 2:20 PM

During this economic crisis, it is clear that we need an emergency economic recovery plan for Main Street, not a blank check for Wall Street.

To ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear, the AFL-CIO’s legislative team has been working around the clock here in Washington, D.C. During this effort, a camera crew from "NOW" on PBS followed Damon Silvers, an associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO. 

You can watch Silvers tonight on "NOW" on your local PBS station. Click here to read more about the show and here to find air times for your local PBS station.

Please pass this along to your family and friends. It’s important that everyone understands what we need to do in this economic crisis to strengthen our real economy and help add jobs, increase wages and make health care affordable for all.

In Solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO


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Special-Interest Groups Attacking Colorado Families October 13, 2008 2:18 PM


Special Interests Attacking Working Families in Colorado.
Help Colorado Fight Back!

Millions of corporate dollars are flowing into Colorado from special interests in a frontline effort to weaken all our rights.

Show your solidarity with Colorado: Sign our petition today.

Every election season, wealthy right-wing ideologues target one state to try to pass anti-worker ballot initiatives. Their plan is simple: By passing anti-worker initiatives at the state level, they can continually weaken workers' rights in a state-by-state effort and ultimately weaken our rights across the entire country.

This year, Colorado is on the frontline against these corporate interests. Special interest groups are flooding Colorado with millions of dollars in misleading ads in a brazen attempt to weaken workers’ rights. To fight back and protect workers voices, we’re working with Protect Colorado’s Future—and we need your help.

Show your solidarity with Colorado: Sign our petition today.

Protect Colorado’s Future isn’t funded by multimillionaire CEOs, but by America’s workers, so to win this fight we need to know that regular folks like you are willing to show your solidarity with Colorado’s workers.

Protect Colorado’s Future is fighting ballot amendments 47, 49 and 54 in Colorado. They are designed to weaken the voice of small, local businesses and handcuff working Coloradans such as teachers, firefighters and nurses. These three amendments would undermine the ability of Coloradans to make a difference on the issues that matter to families, like creating good jobs and increasing access to affordable health care.

Show your solidarity with Colorado: Sign our petition today.

Here are some more details on the ballot amendments Protect Colorado’s Future is fighting.

  • Amendment 47 interferes with the relationship between employer and employees by limiting the ability of public employees, such as nurses, firefighters, teachers and police officers, to join together to advocate for changes in the workplace.
  • Amendment 49 attempts to take away the First Amendment rights of Coloradans and prevent them from making voluntary dues payments through their paychecks. Public servants should not have fewer rights than private-sector employees.
  • Amendment 54 would prohibit any person or family member of anyone who works on a government contract from contributing to a candidate or advocating for an issue. Unsurprisingly, loopholes are built into the amendment so the laws would not apply to large corporations such as defense contractors and energy or drug companies.

Special interests have sponsored these amendments to silence workers and small businesses in Colorado. We need to fight these amendments and protect the rights of Colorado’s workers and in turn protect the rights of all of America’s workers.

Show your solidarity with Colorado: Sign our petition today.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO

P.S. Every little bit helps, and we want to show that hundreds of America’s workers are fighting this attack from right wing special interests. Show your solidarity with Colorado: Sign our petition today.

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 October 10, 2008 12:23 PM

Oct. 10, 2008

Walter Springs
Walter Springs, a Vietnam vet and retired AFT member, says John McCain, despite his many years in Congress, hasn’t fought for vets and won’t as president
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One reason John McCain wants to “turn the page” and stop talking about the economy is because McCain has backed George W. Bush’s “corporate greed, profit-at-all-costs agenda that got us into this mess,” according to a new AFSCME mailer. AFSCME points out how McCain’s economic platform is built on Bush’s foundation. That’s scary and shaky at the same time.

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 October 10, 2008 12:22 PM

Quick Poll: Do you think about the Supreme Court in your voting decisions?

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  AFSCME: McCain Backed Bush’s Economic Policies, Will Continue Them

  McCain’s Claims on Veterans’ Issues Don’t Match Reality

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anonymous  October 10, 2008 12:21 PM

  Obama: No Time for Fear or Panic. Time for Resolve and Leadership

  USW: Palin Rhetoric Embraces Unions, Yet She Backs McCain’s Anti-Worker Agenda

  Bush Administration Attacks Wage and Hour Laws, Jobless Workers

  AFGE Leader: Don’t Let Racism Distract Us from Real Issues

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 October 07, 2008 2:56 PM

October 7, 2008

Sean McGarvey video
Building and construction trades workers are mobilizing to help put Barack Obama in the White House, reports AFL-CIO BCTD Secretary-Treasurer Sean McGarvey
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A spate of recent articles and reports show just how devastating are John McCain’s plans to tax your health care benefits and throw workers to the mercy of the private insurance market. Newsweek’s Jane Bryant Quinn reports that not only are 20 million likely to lose their employer-provided health care but also that McCain's plan “will raise your costs without changing the game.” McCain’s plan also threatens basic health services for women.

Quick Poll: Would you be in favor of public funding for presidential campaigns?

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 October 07, 2008 2:54 PM

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Jane Bryant Quinn: McCain’s Health Care Plan Would Drop 20 Million People

McCain’s Health Care Plan: Worse for Women, Worse for All of Us

Building and Construction Trades Members Craft Support for Obama

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Sparks Nationwide Dialogue on Race and the Election

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 October 07, 2008 2:54 PM

Global Unions Join for World Day of Decent Work

Arnie Vetoes All Funding for California’s Labor Program

New Mexico: IATSE Hosts Successful Phone Bank

UAW Members Ratify Mitsubishi Contract

28,000 Boeing Workers Remain on Strike and More Bargaining News

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 June 06, 2008 11:47 AM

Busted: Unemployment Rise Worst in 20 Years

Working America Week in Minnesota

Florida Union Members, Retirees Want Health Care Answers

NLRB Orders New Vote at Pennant and Fired Worker Reinstated

South Florida Union Movement Wins Key Support for Health Care Reform

Buy American, Buy Union: MSNBC Feature Highlights Union Household

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 June 06, 2008 11:46 AM

June 6, 2008

Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), left, joined Working America canvassers and volunteers in the first of several door-to-door walks throughout Minnesota to talk to working people about important economic issues
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The unemployment rate in May worsened from 5 percent to 5.5 percent—the biggest jump in two decades—and for the fifth month in a row the economy lost jobs.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says the economic meltdown “is a new indicator of a long-brewing problem that is toxic when combined with falling incomes, the mortgage crisis and out-of-control everyday costs.” Not everybody’s worried. Yesterday, presidential candidate John McCain had this to say about the U.S. economy, “I have a great belief that the fundamentals of the economy are very strong. Very strong.”

Quick Poll: Do you pay attention to investigations and allegations about corruption among government officials and politicians?

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 June 05, 2008 8:24 PM

 />NLRB Upholds Trump Plaza Dealers’ Vote for UAW

 />Tennessee Union Members Tell McCain: ‘It’s the Economy!’

 />Las Vegas Construction Workers Win Safety Demands

 />6 Latttes: The Amount Bush Labor Dept. Spends to Enforce Workplace Laws

 />Holt Baker: McCain ‘In Lockstep’ with Bush

 />University of California Workers Rally for Justice, Better Patient Care

 />TRADE Act Would Revamp Failed Trade Policies

 />Letter Carriers Collected Record 73.1 Million Pounds of Food

 />New Mexico, Georgia AFL-CIO Announce Endorsements

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 June 05, 2008 8:22 PM

June 5, 2008

Tennessee union members
Tennessee union members had a message for John McCain this week—‘It’s the Economy!’ But, once again, he didn’t listen. He was raising campaign cash from his wealthy supporters in Nashville
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More than a year after 500 dealers at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., overwhelmingly voted to join the UAW, the National Labor Relations Board certified their win. The casino owners claimed statements of support of the workers by federal, state and local elected officials somehow tainted the vote. Talk about playing a weak hand. More than 5,000 casino workers in Atlantic City have voted to join the UAW in the past year, but the casinos have stalled bargaining. On June 21, join those workers and thousands of supporters in a massive rally to demand a fair contract.

Quick Poll: How much does it matter if a candidate grew up in a union household or has family who are union members?

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 June 03, 2008 8:50 PM

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 />Colorado Unions Get Energized for Fall Elections

 />McCain: 'A Continuation of George W. Bush'

 />Who Needs Unions? Texas High School Students Find Out Why They Do

 />Mississippi's Musgrove Supports Employee Free Choice

 />Day 20 for Hunger Striker Protesting Employer Abuse

 />Utah Phillips: Folk Singer, Philosopher, Labor Activist

 />OSHA's Weak Fines Little Deterrent to Employers to Improve Job Safety

 />19,000 GM Workers Take Buyout and More Bargaining News

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Working Families June 03, 2008 8:48 PM

June 3, 2008

Lee Medley
Lee Medley, president of the Galveston County AFL-CIO, brings something to Texas high school students that's missing from their textbooks--an up-close look at unions and workers' rights, or lack of them in the Lone Star State and throughout the United States
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Union activists around the country are revving up the Labor 2008 political mobilization campaign. In Minnesota, some 125 union members knocked on more than 1,600 union household doors in Minneapolis and St. Paul to talk about the economy, health care and John McCain's record. In Boulder, Colo., union activists were in the neighborhoods talking about issues important to Rocky Mountain State working families and McCain's McSame Bush policies. For more on the "Real McCain," listen to what author and political commentator Cliff Schecter had to say at a recent discussion at AFL-CIO headquarters.

Quick Poll: Do you think that the next president should focus on international concerns or domestic ones?

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