• North Carolina Rallies to Save the Postal Service

    On September 27, 2011, hundreds of postal employees were joined by other workers for rallies in every North Carolina congressional district to educate the public and call for passage in Congress of HR 1351, a bill that would Save America’s Postal Service.

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  • What do Labor and Environmental Activists Have in Common?

    There is no conflict between a healthy environment and a thriving economy that provides living wage jobs, universal health care, high quality education and social justice.

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  • Robert Reich, “It’s Time to Invest in America”

    America used to invest a big portion of our economy in the future prosperity of all Americans. Some say we can no longer afford to make these investments because we have to cut public budgets and give tax breaks to the rich. The truth is the reverse.

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  • Take Action Against the Pending State Budget

    On Thursday afternoon, the North Carolina Senate voted 31-17 along party lines to send the 19.7 billion spending plan to the House. G.O.P. lawmakers are calling it a negotiated compromise with the House, which is expected to vote on it today and tomorrow, where it will reach Governor Perdue’s desk by Saturday.

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  • Now Hiring: Union Summer Site Coordinator

    AFL-CIO is hiring Site Coordinators to staff and lead a Union Summer site of interns in an assigned location. Site Coordinators will be hired for a 12 week period – from June 6 through August 26.

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  • USPS to Announce Closure of Hickory Mail Center at Town Hall (5/17)

    USPS will hold a town hall on Tuesday, May 17 at 6pm to announce plans to consolidate mail processing operations from Hickory to Greensboro. This could mean slower, less reliable mail service and a loss of 200 jobs the Hickory area – which already has the highest jobless rate in North Carolina.

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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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  • Show Us the Money

    Pulling back the curtain on corporate tax giveaways A new report by the non-profit, non-partisan organization, Good Jobs First, consolidates public disclosure information about the corporate tax incentives and job subsidies doled out by state and local governments across the country. Many governments offer little to no online reporting of how much money is being […]

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  • How the Union is Keeping it Made in the USA

    Workers at Freightliner almost lost everything Thousands of good-paying jobs building trucks in North Carolina were headed to Mexico – until their union contract put stop to it.  In this video, Ricky McDowell, President of UAW Local 5285 in Mt. Holly, explains that the union was key to keeping Freightliner workers in North Carolina from […]

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  • Growing Scandal Surrounds U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Electioneering

    Chamber caught using foreign cash to buy the U.S. Congress The so-called ‘U.S.’ Chamber of Commerce has been spending money it receives from foreign corporations and foreign governments to unload a torrent of partisan attack ads before the November election – over $75 million worth. The TV ads and mailers almost exclusively promote Republican candidates […]

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  • Working America Exposes Outsourcing Culprits

    Working America Job Tracker

    Track job losses, health and safety violations, and other abuses in your ZIP.

    Job Tracker: They can’t hide anymore

    In the past decade, more than 5 million manufacturing jobs and 850,000 information sector jobs have disappeared—many of which have been shipped overseas. This outsourcing is encouraged by faulty trade and tax policies that corporate executives use to boost record-breaking profits and outrageous and obscene executive salaries.

    But finding out specific information on specific companies sending American jobs overseas and devastating their communities has been nearly impossible—until now. The AFL-CIO and Working America’s new Job Tracker database lists information on more than 400,000 corporations that have exported jobs overseas, violated health and safety codes or engaged in discriminatory or other illegal practice. (Check it out at http://t.co/qbg7wwm.)

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a conference call with reporters this morning, said Job Tracker’s searchable by ZIP code and the interactive database gives:

    “everyday people the opportunity to actually see what is happening in their community and shine the light on what corporations are doing. For the first time, working people have one place to see the real impact of the failed policies of the past that gave corporations the ability to ship American jobs overseas.”

    With this new data as a benchmark, working people will have the ability to separate the economic patriots from the corporate traitors at the ballot box.

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  • GOP Senators Kill Successful Jobs Program

    The TANF Emergency Fund which expired this week was created by the Recovery Act. TANF Emergency Fund ends, layoffs begin Terrible news from the AFL-CIO Blog: Senate Republicans turned their backs on workers one more time before they left town for the Nov. 2 elections when they refused to allow a vote to keep alive […]

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  • Keep it Made in USA Town Hall in Asheville (10/21)

    Celebrate American manufacturing Next year, economic forecasters predict that America will lose its #1 global ranking in manufacturing for the first time in 110 years. That’s right, China is projected to pass the U.S. in manufacturing in 2011. American manufacturing has already suffered its worst decade on record with more than 5 million jobs lost, […]

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  • James Andrews: Labor Day is Call to Action for Leaders

    We have a jobs crisis creating a debt crisis Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Politicians need to be focused on creating jobs for today’s jobless instead of worrying about future debts because only when the unemployed get back to work will we be able to grow our economy and tackle our long-term federal budget deficits. In the […]

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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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