The Georgia AFL-CIO has plunged into the fight to oust Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and elect Vietnam veteran Jim Martin, a liberal pro-labor Democrat, in Georgia’s Dec. 2 runoff election.
With the new Obama administration and an enhanced Democratic majority in Congress, we can make new advances on immigrants' rights. In the last few years the Bush administration dropped all pretense of being immigrant-friendly. Enforcement actions were greatly increased.
More young voters cast their vote this past election than in recent history helping to elect the country’s first African American president, Barack Obama. Since 2000 the youth vote has been in question with many wondering if they would make a difference this time around.
“When you feel the brunt of the downturn in the economy and wake up wondering if your job is being shipped overseas or whether you can still afford healthcare, you work like hell for change,” Steel Workers’ President Leo Gerard said recently as he described his union’s successful effort to help elect Barack Obama.
At post-election news conferences Nov. 5 leaders of the nation’s two huge labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change-to-Win, told reporters that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is at the top of their agenda and that unions will work with the incoming Obama administration and with Congress to ensure its passage.
Focusing on the economic crisis in his first press conference, Nov. 7, President-elect Barack Obama emphasized the needs of working families and creating jobs as the number one priority of his new administration.
California supporters of same-sex marriage took to the streets and to the courts following the passage on Nov. 4 of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The initiative, placed on the ballot after the California Supreme Court acted in May to void a similar proposition passed in 2000, led by 52.5 to 47.5 percent.
Voting rights organizations had warned for months that thousands of voters across the country mighbe disenfranchised by problems related to anticipated high turnout or actions that lessened participation of specific groups of voters. While they focused on protecting the vote, they also looked ahead to future fundamental reforms.
Riding Barack Obama’s long coattails, the Democrats expanded their Senate majority by at least five seats and added 20 or more to their majority in the House of Representatives Nov. 4.
BYESVILLE, Ohio -- It may be the day after Halloween, but Byesville still resembles a ghost town. Yet, this is exactly what prompted a visit from Joe Rugola, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO.