Remarks by Richard L. Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, 100th Annual NAACP Convention, New York, N.Y., July 15, 2009. Thank you. Wow, after an introduction like that I can't wait to hear what I have to say!
Andy Stern, president of the 2.5-million-member Service Employees International Union, launched a national petition drive today to insist that both the House and Senate schedule an up or down vote on allowing workers to form a union by majority signup, either as part of the Employee Free Choice Act or as a separate amendment.
The number of Latino workers who die on the job has risen 76 percent since 1992, even as the total number of workplace deaths has declined, federal statistics show.
Speculation in the major media about the alleged “dropping” of majority signup from the Employee Free Choice Act, coming now as the nation is on the verge of radical labor law reform, must be viewed, at the very least, with extreme skepticism. The speculation tells us little about what is really at stake in the fight around the legislation.
A report in the New York Times today that says senators have “dropped” the majority sign-up provision of the Employee Free Choice Act is not accurate. A spokesperson for Sen. Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who is shepherding the bill through the Senate, said that “no particular provisions of the bill have been agreed to and cannot be agreed to until there is an entire bill that can be agreed to.”
ST. LOUIS -- 'The Employee Free Choice Act is exactly what it says. A free choice for workers,' Ben Harmon, financial secretary for the greater St. Louis United Auto Workers union CAP Council, told the World. Harmon, along with around 30 other trade union activists, was picketing a $1,000-a-plate Missouri Chamber of Commerce dinner for Karl Rove, a vocal opponent of workers' rights.
Nearly 20,000 AT&T workers in the Midwest will be voting on a tentative contract that their union, the Communications Workers of America, spent the last half year negotiating. The tentative agreement, reached yesterday, will be submitted to the membership for ratification.
PITTSBURGH -- Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW), issued a statement hailing the U.S. House of Representatives’ health care reform bill.
Ohio Ironworkers offer career training “Yea, Grampa, we know. You built that building.” In many households across Ohio and the country, that statement has been spoken over and over again by many grandchildren looking more for toys than history lessons. Old men, proud of what they’ve done over their working lifetime can’t seem to help themselves when they drive over a bridge or past a hospital, pull in a parking garage or stop at a mall. When you’ve put your life’s blood building something as solid as a hospital or a factory building, it’s tough to dismiss it casually.
ST. LOUIS -- 'This isn't just about our future,' Bob Huss, vice president of the St. Louis Communications Workers of America retirees council, told the World as nearly 200 AT&T employees rallied outside the downtown AT&T tower here July 14. 'This is about the future of all working people.'