Just, Inclusive and Sustainable: The Working People Weekly List

Just, Inclusive and Sustainable: The Working People Weekly List

Working People Weekly List
AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s the latest edition of the Working People Weekly List.

A Just, Inclusive and Sustainable Economy: “This week, labor leaders from across the country descended on New Orleans to map out the path ahead for our movement. From trade and public education to equal pay and paid leave to back pay for federal contract workers and bargaining power for all, the AFL-CIO Executive Council tackled the issues that will define working people’s fight for economic justice in 2019 and beyond.”

Women’s History Month Profiles: Dolores Huerta: “For Women’s History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today’s profile is Dolores Huerta.”

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Conversation with House Blue Collar Caucus Co-Chairs: “In the latest episode of ‘State of the Unions,’ Julie and Tim talk to the co-chairs of the House Blue Collar Caucus. Reps. Brendan Boyle (Pa.) and Marc Veasey (Texas) both come from union families and formed the caucus in the aftermath of the 2016 election to better connect with blue-collar workers. They say the path to a stronger America runs through the labor movement and any plan to rebuild our economy must include the working people who make it go.”

Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: Actors and Artistes: “The AFL-CIO is taking a deeper look at each of our affiliates in our regular weekly series. Next up is the Actors and Artistes (4As).”

Women’s History Month Profiles: Frances Perkins: “For Women’s History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today’s profile is Frances Perkins.”

Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles: “As institutional embrace of automation continues to create a mounting threat to existing jobs, unions are formally taking note. Last year, the largest Las Vegas service workers union organized a strike partly over casinos’ plans to embrace automated systems, and the union won language in the resulting contract that included protections against automation. 2018 also saw bus drivers protest against the prospect of Ohio adopting driverless buses. Now, the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), the umbrella of unions that represent transit workers inside the AFL-CIO (itself the largest federation of unions in the United States), has released a policy statement outlining its own plans to confront the threat automation poses to its workforce.”

Kickstarter Staff Begin Unionizing As Game Industry Debates Its Merits: “Kickstarter United also reflects an ongoing conversation about fair treatment, workers’ rights, and unionization in the games industry. AFL-CIO, the largest union federation in the U.S., recently called on games industry employees to unionize. In an open letter published by Kotaku, AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Liz Shuler criticized game studios’ ‘outrageous hours,’ ‘inadequate paychecks,’ and ‘stressful, toxic work conditions.’ ‘This is a moment for change. It won’t come from CEOs. It won’t come from corporate boards. And, it won’t come from any one person,’ Shuler wrote in February. ‘Change will happen when you gain leverage by joining together in a strong union. And, it will happen when you use your collective voice to bargain for a fair share of the wealth you create every day.'”

Labor to Oppose Rush to Enact ‘New NAFTA’: “The AFL-CIO Executive Council announced March 14 that it will oppose any GOP Trump administration and corporate rush to enact a ‘new NAFTA’ quickly in the 116th Congress. In a detailed statement/position paper released at the end of the council’s meeting in New Orleans, the federation said ‘if the administration insists on a premature vote on the new NAFTA in its current form, we will have no choice but to oppose it.’ Bill Samuel, the federation’s Director of Legislative Affairs, had forecast the decision in an interview with John Wojcik of the People’s World before the council met, but while labor leaders’ committees were preparing for the council sessions. ‘We can’t support NAFTA in its current form,’ said Samuel. ‘Protections for workers are better than they were before (under the old NAFTA) but the problem is that the new NAFTA does not set up mechanisms to enforce the protections. Another big problem is that the big pharmaceutical giants are free to do whatever they want. In its current form, it is a giveaway to them.'”

Kenneth Quinnell
Mon, 03/25/2019 – 10:25

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Updated: May 1, 2019 — 6:12 pm