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September 18, 2014

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Congresswoman Who Opposes Minimum Wage: McDonald’s Workers Don’t Want ‘Top-Down’ Solutions
Workers at fast food restaurants like McDonalds are struggling to make rent and falling into deeper poverty every year. But according to the highest-ranking Republican woman in the nation, they’re not looking for “top down” solutions like a higher minimum wage. At a House leadership press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Read More...
The Union Difference: Winners and Losers of the Week
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights. Read More...
Fast-Food Workers and Allies Arrested in Nationwide Strikes
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) was among numerous people arrested as fast-food workers and their supporters rallied in more than 150 cities on Thursday.  Thousands of workers walked out of restaurants and picked up picket signs, demanding that big restaurant chains pay them a living wage of $15-per-hour.  Home care workers also participated in the strikes. Read More...
APWU: COLA Increase
APWU members will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $686 per year in September 2014, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The raise is the result of an increase in the consumer price index (CPI-W). It is the sixth COLA under the contract. The effective date is Sept. 6, 2014 (Pay Period 20-2014, Pay Date Sept. 26, 2014). Read More...
How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said
Yesterday, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and the people you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s a small sample of what you’ve said so far. Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246. I can finally get off food stamps and heat and energy assistance. Read More...
Five Reasons Walmart's New 'Commitment' to American Manufacturing is Nonsense
Walmart is hosting a manufacturing summit in Denver this week as part of its new program to supposedly invest in products made in America for its stores across the country. The retailer is claiming its new plan will invest $250 billion over the next decade and create 1 million jobs. We're not buying it. Read More...
Not a Union Member But Love the Labor Movement? Join Working America
Many people don't have access to a union on the job, but support workers' rights and the labor movement.  In case you haven't heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy. Become part of the labor movement and join Working America today. Read More...
Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples
As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the APWU is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents. The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott. Read More...
It’s Making Money from Operations
USPS management is doing its best to keep the good news quiet, but facts are facts. According to reports released by the USPS on Aug. 11, as of June 30, three-quarters of the way through Fiscal Year 2014: Operating income was up by about $1 billion over the previous year; Revenue increased 2. Read More...
What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means
In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. Read More...
Issa on $2 Billion Postal Service Loss: Bailout Not the Answer
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today released the following statement on news that the U.S. Postal Service posted a $2. Read More...
The Jobs Added In Today’s Economy Pay A Quarter Less Than The Ones We Lost In The Recession
The jobs that have been added to the economy during the recovery pay 23 percent less, on average, than those that were lost in the recession, according to a report from The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). The report examined the sectors where jobs were added between 2009 and 2014 and weighted them by how many each gained, finding that their average wage was $47,171 a year. Read More...
Profits Outpace Job Growth Five To One At Largest U.S. Corporations
Profits have grown five times faster than jobs at America’s largest publicly-traded companies over the past dozen years, according to a new analysis by Reuters. Staff levels rose by 31 percent from 2001 to 2013 at the companies analyzed while inflation-adjusted profits grew 150 percent, the wire service reports. Read More...
The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts & Plant Closures – Urgent Action is Required!
On June 30th, USPS announced its intention to close and consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015.  Today, August 1st, 2014, service standard changes were printed in the federal register ending overnight mail service for the entire country, effective January 2015. Read More...
Judge Orders Kellogg to End Lockout, Reinstate Workers
A federal judge granted an injunction Wednesday ordering the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers—members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G—at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within five days. The lockout began Oct. 22. Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. Read More...
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