What Workers Want to See: The Working People Weekly List

What Workers Want to See: The Working People Weekly List

Working People Weekly List

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.

Now that Government Is Funded, Here Is What Workers Want to See: “Last year, in communities all across the country, millions of Americans mobilized and called for an economy that works for all of us. From state houses and governors’ mansions to Capitol Hill, we elected advocates who committed themselves to advancing that cause. That election was defined by a movement of hardworking people who stood together to reject the meager crumbs we are being handed and reclaim what is rightfully ours.”

An Open Letter to Game Developers from America’s Largest Labor Organization: “If an investor was searching for the country’s most explosively successful commodity, they might look to the ground for natural resources or to Wall Street for some new financial instrument. But the most meteoric success story can be found virtually all around us—in the booming video game industry. Growing by double digits, U.S. video game sales reached $43 billion in 2018, some 3.6 times greater than the film industry’s record-breaking box office.”

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Isaac Myers: “For Black History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various African American leaders and activists who have worked at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Our next profile is Isaac Myers.”

Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: AFGE: “Next up in our new series that will take a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the AFGE. The series will run weekly until we’ve covered all 55 of our affiliates.”

AFL-CIO President to Trump: Your Emergency Is Fake News: “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took President Donald Trump to task again. This time, it’s over his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall. ‘The scapegoating and political brinkmanship of the past few months is not the way to govern,’ stated Trumka. ‘From missed paychecks to economic uncertainty, more than 1 million hardworking federal employees and contractors have carried the burden of politicians’ mess. We may have avoided another shutdown, but political tactics of this administration persist and Congress still must provide back pay to federal contractors.'”

Amid Game Industry Layoffs, AFL-CIO Says It’s Time for Workers to Organize: “On Feb. 15, just days after massive layoffs at Activision Blizzard, the AFL-CIO issued a powerful public statement of support to game developers in the United States. Also known as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the AFL-CIO represents more than 12 million workers in 50 different labor unions, including a unit here within Vox Media. Its message, published in an open letter at Kotaku, was both simple and profound. ‘This is a moment for change,’ wrote AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. ‘It won’t come from CEOs. It won’t come from corporate boards. And, it won’t come from any one person….You have the power,’ she continued, ‘to demand a stake in your industry and a say in your economic future. What’s more, you have millions of brothers and sisters across the country standing with you.'”

AFL-CIO Opposes Johns Hopkins Bayview Expansion: “The AFL-CIO is opposing an expansion of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center that would add another building to its campus and renovate existing structures. In a 25-page letter, the union organization called on the Maryland Health Care Commission to reject a certificate of need for the expansion for the project, which is required under state law to move forward. The group cited a number of problems it claims Bayview has, including a failure to comply with charity care requirements for low-income patients, proposed rate hikes to support the project and quality of care issues. The AFL-CIO said Hopkins brought thousands of lawsuits against patients to collect medical debts.”

Unions Not Done with the Government Shutdown Just Yet: “Washington is breathing a sigh of relief as it averts a second government shutdown in 2019. But the labor movement isn’t backing off its public awareness and political pressure campaigns just yet. Unions are instead joining forces with contractors to secure the pay they didn’t receive during the 35-day government shutdown that ended last month. ‘The fight isn’t over,’ AFL-CIO spokesman John Weber said in a statement to Bloomberg Law.

NM Unions Distribute 3,750 Pounds of Groceries to Families Recovering from Government Shutdown: “More than 100 government workers received 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today from a pop-up food bank organized by the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans and the RoadRunner Food Bank. NMFL President Vince Alvarado said, ‘As the shutdown dragged on—and as contractors are still not paid lost wages—working people stepped up to care for each other in a time of forced hardship. By standing together, working people got each other through this shutdown. We mobilized, organized and proved the indispensable value of our labor to those who tried to ignore us. Now we demand a long-term government funding bill and legislation to guarantee that all workers impacted by the shutdown are made whole.'”

A Record Number of U.S. Workers Went on Strike in 2018: “Last year’s labor unrest started with a teachers strike in West Virginia and ended with Marriott workers picketing across four states. A record number of U.S. workers went on strike or stopped working in 2018 because of labor disputes with employers, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A total of 485,000 employees were involved in major work stoppages last year—the highest number since 1986, when flight attendants, garbage collectors, and steelworkers walked off the job. The increasing number of workers involved in labor strikes suggests that average Americans are not experiencing the ‘economic miracle’ that President Donald Trump has described. They see the economy expanding and profits growing, but this doesn’t extend to their paychecks.”

Kenneth Quinnell
Mon, 02/25/2019 – 10:58

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Updated: March 8, 2019 — 8:44 am