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  • AFL-CIO President Trumka Statement on 2016 Election

    The work of the labor movement continues with fresh urgency. The change voters cried out for in this campaign can be found by standing together in unions.

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  • New overtime rules cover 156,000 more salaried North Carolinians

    U.S. Department of Labor this week finalized a new overtime rule, effective December 1st, that doubles the cap for salaried workers to be eligible for overtime pay to $913/week ($47,476/year), directly affecting 425,000 salaried workers in North Carolina.

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  • AFL-CIO President Trumka speaks hard truths in Ferguson

    In his speech, Trumka urges all working people to come together for economic equality, but he begins by directly answering why the labor movement must respond to what happened in Ferguson.

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  • Trumka: Raising wages will restore the ‘virtuous cycle’

    Raising the minimum wage is only the first step in addressing the heart of the matter with our economy – falling wages.

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  • Hilda Solis steps down as Secretary of Labor

    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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  • Trumka: Americans don’t want ‘grand bargain’

    In a Politico column, President Trumka slams talk of Congress reaching a so-called ‘grand bargain’ to reduce tax cuts on the rich and still cut the deficit by eviscerating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs that benefit working people, the disabled, and retirees.

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  • NLRB Rules Employers Have to Post Labor Rights

    We applaud the National Labor Relations Board’s issuance of the rule requiring employers to post a notice in their workplaces notifying employees of their rights.

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  • Major Speech by Trumka, “America’s Choices”

    Click to watch an excerpt of Trumka’s speech. Why the Conventional Wisdom is wrong AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered a major speech to the National Press Club this week. In his speech on 1/19/11, Trumka challenged leaders to invest in making "the America we want to be." Will we choose to tax cuts for millionaires […]

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  • G.O.P. Embrace Fiscal “Insanity”

    Show me (who gets) the money! It’s easy to see who benefits more from the Republican tax plan [hint: It’s probably not anyone reading this.] How did we get here? When the Congress passed the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, they decided to include a sunset provision. Unless a future Congress renewed them, […]

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  • Election Mandate to Fix the Economy, Create Jobs

    Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO Fight for working families begins again The fight for working families begins again today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Wednesday morning, calling the 2010 election “a mandate to create jobs and fix the economy.” “We are asking the president and every member of Congress to have the courage to act to […]

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  • Congress Passes, President Signs Law to Save Hundreds of Thousands of American Jobs

    On the side of teachers, firefighters, public safety officers… Last week, Congress passed and the President quickly signed into law a bill that will save literally hundreds of thousands of American jobs. The law provides $16 billion in Medicaid funding assistance and $10 billion for teachers’ jobs. Failure to pass this bill would have meant […]

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  • James Andrews Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council

    James Andrews with President Barack Obama. A new voice for state/local movement Last Wednesday, August 4, 2010, the AFL-CIO Executive Council – the top governing body of the National AFL-CIO – elected five new members, including our own NC State AFL-CIO President, James Andrews, who will take one of two seats newly created to promote […]

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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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  • Take on Bank of America at Shareholders Meeting (4/28)

    B of A is failing America Workers, clergy, veterans, civic leaders, and community groups from the NC State AFL-CIO and NC United Power will converge for an important action at the Bank of America shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte on the morning of April 28th. What: Rally and action at B of A shareholders meeting When: […]

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  • The State of the Union and the Union’s Response

    One year into his presidency, still much more to do On Wednesday, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address. In his speech, the President recommitted his administration to economic recovery and job creation, announced bold new education initiatives, chided the Senate for being too slow to enact a series of reform bills […]

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