State of the Unions: The Working People Weekly List

State of the Unions: 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 this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Introducing the ‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: “The AFL-CIO has launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. Our new podcast, ‘State of the Unions,’ officially debuted today with an interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped expose the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.”

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Martin Heinrich: “This November’s elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we’ve been taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Sen. Martin Heinrich from New Mexico.”

The U.S. Needs to Do More to Protect Basic Labor Rights in Honduras: “The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a ‘progress’ report on the Honduran government’s implementation of an action plan (MAP) negotiated between the parties in 2015. The MAP was developed in response to a complaint filed in 2012 by the AFL-CIO, Honduran unions and Honduran nongovernmental organizations under the Central America Free Trade Agreement’s (CAFTA) labor chapter, which included cases concerning child labor, illegally low pay, and denial of the right to organize and to bargain. The U.S. government found that nearly every claim in the petition was supported by the evidence and that the Honduran government had in fact routinely failed to enforce its laws.”

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Paulette Jordan: “This November’s elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we’ve been taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan.”

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Baldemar Velásquez: “Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today’s profile features Baldemar Velásquez.”

Labor Union Launches Its Biggest-Ever Digital Ad Campaign: “A major national union is launching its largest-ever digital advertising campaign less than three weeks before Election Day, hoping to provide a last-minute assist to more than two dozen labor-backed candidates. The effort from the AFL-CIO will reach 10 million voters across 15 states, officials with the group said, using Google, Facebook and Instagram ads.”

Labor Group Says Asian-Americans Can Help Flip Red Districts: “The headline in the online site Here and Now read: ‘California Democrats hope Asian-American voters can help flip red districts.’ Alvina Yeh agrees, from labor’s point of view, but adds the Dems—and the GOP—don’t know how and don’t want to reach those voters. She says labor is stepping into the void. In her organization’s case, that’s in five key swing states: California, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania.”

Nexstar Highlights Labor 2018: “Nexstar Media Group—and its 170 plus local TV stations—highlighted the AFL-CIO’s aggressive efforts to mobilize voters in the final three weeks before Election Day. AFL-CIO Mobilization Director Julie Greene discussed the federation’s field, TV, radio and direct mail programs and explained why the stakes of this election are so high for union members and all working people.”

Working People Need Answers on Latest North American Trade Deal: “It seems every talking head in Washington has been in a frenzy recently, rushing to either glorify or condemn the new North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. But the truth is that it is still too early to pass any final judgment. It helps to understand that for a quarter of a century, NAFTA has wreaked havoc on the lives of working people across North America. More than 850,000 jobs in the United States have been shipped overseas. Mexican workers have toiled under poverty wages and repressive conditions, while large corporations have used that labor abuse as a twisted justification to slash pay and reduce benefits in the United States and Canada.”

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 10/19/2018 – 10:21

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Updated: October 29, 2018 — 1:25 pm