The U.S. will stay mired in an "economy mess" of low growth, low-paying jobs, rising income inequality and worse unless it fixes its political processes.
A coalition of progressive groups, led by the AFL-CIO, will unveil a joint platform this summer.
Below are excerpts of a speech by Richard Trumka to the Center for National Policy, a think tank that in concentrated on national security issues.
Former President George W. Bush lost U.S. jobs during a good economy. Obama has created jobs during the disastrous economy he inherited.
Obama's campaign for more construction jobs comes against a continuing backdrop of high joblessness in the construction industry: 17.2% in March, more than double the national jobless rate of 8.2%.
The Teamsters' proposal demands executives, as well as all stakeholders, share equally in financial sacrifices for Hostess to emerge from bankruptcy "instead of paying lip-service to the concept."
The bill drew immediate praise from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Despite claims of economic recovery heard recently, median weekly worker income for most months of the past two years, just like most years of the past 35 years, is either flat, or less, than the year before.
We believe the trade union movement is not just about what wages or what contract you get but about the social side: Decent transportation, affordable housing, a decent welfare state.
The job-sharing plan is another attempt to cut the impact of joblessness even in a weak recovery.