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    U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

    Secretary Hilda Solis announced this week that she will resign her post “to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love and that have inspired and shaped my life.” We will miss Hilda Solis.

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  • Obama: “Let’s extend the middle class tax cuts right now”

    Last week, having won re-election in which his pledge to let expire tax giveaways to those making more than $250,000 a year was a central part of the campaign, President Obama delivered an economic address in the White House, and he drew a clear line in the sand for budget negotiations.

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  • SUPREME RELIEF: Healthcare reform is constitutional

    Today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its much-anticipated ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law stands, and its implementation can continue in earnest.

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  • President Obama visits Freightliner plant in Mount Holly, NC

    The President bragged about North Carolina workers and the new trucks they are building in our state. “Now, here at Daimler, you’re not just building trucks. You’re building better trucks,” said the President.

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  • NC AFL-CIO VP Appointed to Federal Salary Council

    J. David Cox, AFGE J. David Cox, AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer President Obama has appointed two representatives of AFGE, the federal government employees union, to the Federal Salary Council, to advise the executive branch on federal pay, including our 3rd Ranking Vice President, J. David Cox: “AFGE is proud to have two members on the Federal […]

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  • Federal Worker Pay Freeze Leaves Families in Cold

    Freezing the pay of federal workers isn’t a real solution to closing the budget deficit. Political ploy scapegoats federal employees Last week, President Obama jumped aboard the bandwagon in a “race to the bottom” on wages. Their goal seems to be blaming workers in the federal government – the border patrol agent making only $34,000 […]

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  • Senate Republicans Block Paycheck Fairness – Again

    Bill doesn’t even get chance to be debated Saying ‘No’ is something the Republican minority in the United States Senate does well (and often). Taking action on behalf of workers? Not at all. From the AFL-CIO Blog: Just three days into the lame-duck Congress, Republicans returned to their obstructionist ways. Today, all the Senate Republicans voted […]

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  • Confessions of a Union Buster

    Spreading the ‘gospel’ of misinformation and fear In this video, the late Martin Jay Levitt explains to Delta Airlines flight attendants his trade secrets and tips after a 19-year career as a union buster (aka “Human Resources Consultant”, “Labor Management Consultant”). Flight attendants at Delta are in the process of voting on union representation (for […]

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  • NC Wins Significant Recovery Act Investments

    North Carolina has received $2.2 billion from the Recovery Act as of June 30, 2010. $400 Million for education from “Race to the Top” North Carolina won big in President Obama’s Race to the Top Fund, securing a $400 million grant that will, in part, pay for continued implementation of Gov. Bev Perdue’s Career and […]

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  • U.S. DOL Requires Notice of Labor Rights

    Rule implements President Obama’s executive order A new rule published by the Department of Labor will ensure employees of federal contractors and subcontractors know their rights to join and form unions under the National Labor Relations Act. The change means “more stable labor-management relations and a more engaged workforce, which in turn facilitates greater efficiency […]

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  • President Obama Goes to Bat for Steelworkers

    Defends domestic tire makers from illegal Chinese trade practices Responding to pleas for relief from the United Steelworkers union and for the strict enforcement of our trade agreements, President Obama slapped tariffs on imported Chinese tires on September 11, 2009. The move came in response to a complaint filed by the USW with the International […]

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  • National AFL-CIO Convention Held in Pittsburgh

    Officer elections and the President in the House of Labor Immediately following our state convention, the officers and other delegates from unions and Central Labor Councils across North Carolina headed to Pittsburgh, PA for the national convention of the AFL-CIO. The national convention this year marked the end of John Sweeney’s tenure at the helm […]

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