AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ domestic policy committee, wrote the following Op-Ed, which appeared in the Sacramento Bee last week.
Unions and Catholic leaders have long found common cause in advocating for policies that defend the dignity of workers and protect immigrant families. Over the past several years, we have worked together to win congressional approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Although such legislation has passed the U.S. Senate in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives is now delaying consideration of either the Senate bill or its own version of reform.
While we commend President Barack Obama’s strong commitment to humane and responsible reform, we now stand together again to urge him to halt the deportations of immigrants who would achieve legal status and eventual citizenship under the Senate bill. It is inconsistent to advocate on behalf of immigrants and their families on one hand—including giving them an opportunity for citizenship—and devastate and separate their families through enforcement actions on the other.
A philosophically diverse coalition of business, faith and labor leaders has joined Obama in a clear call for making urgent legislative changes to a broken system, and we remain committed to achieving passage of comprehensive immigration reform. We must not allow extreme positions outside the American mainstream to define the debate and hinder the achievement of the common good, which calls for comprehensive immigration reform.
Despite our optimism that Congress will eventually do the right thing, we remain deeply troubled that the number of undocumented immigrants deported since Obama took office five years ago will soon surpass 2 million people. This represents a moral and political failure. Simply put, tearing apart tens of thousands of children from parents is morally unacceptable.
We are a nation of laws, but also a nation guided by enduring principles and the practical sense to fix what is broken. A strictly punitive approach to immigration is an imprudent and impractical response that ignores the root causes driving migration, such as trade policies that benefit multinational corporations over workers. Global poverty and unstable governments all contribute to complex challenges that will not be solved by higher walls or tough rhetoric.
Moreover, the economic case for an immigration overhaul is strong. Despite the ugly myths and fear stoked by anti-immigrant groups, the fact is that comprehensive reform will be good for America’s workers, families and our economy.
Most immigrants work hard, pay taxes and contribute to our communities. But in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago alone, low-wage workers in immigrant-heavy industries lose about $56 million per week in wage theft from unscrupulous employers. The best defense against workplace exploitation is bringing immigrants out of the shadows.
In this regard, we support immigration policies that offer immigrant workers a fair and just path to citizenship, so that their human rights are protected and the wages for all workers rise.
The low wages and fear that trap many immigrants and U.S. citizens in dead-end jobs have only gotten worse with declining union membership and growing income inequality. Fixing our broken immigration system will help all workers, strengthen a shrinking middle class and set our nation on a more stable path to compete in a diverse global economy. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that immigration reform with a path to citizenship would generate an additional $1.5 trillion to the economy over the next decade.
It’s time to reject false choices and inconsistent and immoral enforcement policies. Let’s secure our borders at the same time that we provide an earned path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. We can protect both American-born workers and aspiring Americans by fixing an immigration system that encourages manipulation and abuse by employers. The status quo is unacceptable.
As labor and faith leaders, we urge all people of good will not to rest until the fight for a fair and just immigration system is won.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, Barack Obama, deportation, immigration, Richard Trumka, Sacramento
Today AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on House Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to put immigration reform to a vote:
Speaker Boehner’s inability to lead his party to do the right thing on immigration reform is unconscionable. One year after he publicly pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform, he and the Republican controlled House have nothing to show for it.
Incredibly, Boehner found time in his busy legislative calendar to bring to the floor and pass with near-unanimous Republican support a bill authored by Steve King that would deport DREAM-eligible youngsters. That’s it for the entire year. Republicans have done nothing to end the deportation crisis that separates families, nothing to end the exploitation of workers and nothing to create a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants and their families who are American in every way except on paper.
It is clear from Boehner’s decision that a minority of anti-immigrant House Republicans holds the power, and are preventing a solution to one of our nation’s most pressing problems. In fact, if the bi-partisan House bill H.R. 15 was put before the House today it would no doubt pass.
The AFL-CIO will not give up this fight until comprehensive immigration reform is passed in the Congress. If Boehner’s House Republicans continue to block the way, we intend to make it clear that the Republican Party will pay a price at the ballot box for ignoring America’s growing immigrant community.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: immigration, immigration reform, John Boehner, Richard Trumka, Rights At Work
In a speech from the White House today, President Barack Obama discussed his support for a plan to boost the economy by more than a trillion dollars while also cutting the deficit by $1 trillion. The legislation, which already has passed the Senate, would create a new immigration system for the United States, one that includes a road map to citizenship for aspiring Americans and ensures they have access to workplace rights. Independent economists, Obama noted, project that over the next two decades, the law would boost the economy by $1.4 trillion and drastically reduce projected deficits.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded Obama’s renewed call to pass the legislation this year:
Today millions of immigrants received needed reassurance from the President that despite chaos in Washington, immigration reform can get done. We commend President Obama for renewing his commitment to passing immigration reform this year and urging Republicans in the House to act quickly. As pointed out by the President our current system, which allows businesses that exploit workers through wage theft, lack of benefits and intimidation, is unfair to all workers and unfair to responsible businesses that play by the rules. Republicans who support business should be able to get behind this.
The president noted that in addition to providing a road map to citizenship and helping to move the economy forward, the legislation would reduce deficits, improve border security and strengthen the middle class. He did question whether or not the House of Representatives had the leadership to pass the legislation, which had strong bipartisan support in the Senate and in the rest of the country:
Now, obviously just because something is smart and fair and good for the economy and fiscally responsible and supported by business and labor—the evangelical community and many Democrats and many Republicans, that does not mean that it will actually get done. This is Washington, after all.
Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to take a break from his hectic schedule of investigating made-up scandals to offer an immigration plan that neither Democrats nor Republicans are likely to support.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, Barack Obama, deficit, immigration, Jobs, Richard Trumka, Rights At Work
Signaling how wide a swath of America the federal government shutdown is affecting, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the United Way sent a joint letter today to Congress and President Barack Obama urging them to end the shutdown now. They said:
As leaders of business, labor, and the nonprofit sector, we are writing to urge you to end the federal government shutdown immediately.
Our country is navigating the most challenging economic times in a generation. While we may disagree on priorities for federal policies and we even have conflicting views about many issues, we are in complete agreement that the current shutdown is harmful and the risk of default is potentially catastrophic for our fragile economy.
Large and small businesses, the workforce (especially federal workers), people who rely on public and privately-funded social services, and communities at-large, are being harmed by the shutdown. The federal government is our nation’s largest consumer of goods and services, our largest employer, and the single largest source of financial support for state and local governments and for private social services. Several hundred thousand public servants are at home without pay. The longer the shutdown continues, the more people and communities’ economic security will be damaged. Ultimately, our economy could be driven back into a recession.
As we often have in our history, our country benefits from strong differences of opinion on many important issues affecting both federal legislation and the federal government. We believe it is important that we turn to the normal processes our government has for resolving these issues. We cannot afford to have either our government closed or our nation’s creditworthiness called into question as part of the way we resolve these important issues.
Our three disparate sectors share a common view– no one benefits from the current shut-down and everyone will be harmed if the government defaults. It is in the interest of our nation that Congress restore the normal functioning of our political process, fund the government immediately and quickly move to resolve the impasse over the debt ceiling limit. We urge all of our leaders in Washington to set aside the many issues we disagree about, reach across the aisle and end the shutdown and the threat of a national default.
The letter was signed by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue and United Way Worldwide U.S. President Stacey Stewart.
Click here to read how the shutdown is affecting people and to share your story.
Photo from United Way on Facebook
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, Chamber of Commerce, Richard Trumka, shutdown, united way
Johnny Zuagar just wants to go back to work. It’s been 72 hours since he’s been locked out of his job at the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., and he’s scared.
“I don’t know what bills to pay,” says Zuagar, who has two young children. “I’m afraid I might lose my house. I don’t know how it got to this.”
Zuagar and 800,000 federal workers all over the United States are locked out of their jobs because of the House Republican government shutdown. While most people think that the shutdown is focused on Washington, D.C., the reality is that about 85% of federal workers don’t work in the Washington area. In fact, the D.C. metro area is only the fourth largest concentration of federal workers (see a map of where federal workers are). Here are 12 examples of workers, some of whom are still working, are going without paychecks because of the irresponsible House Republican shutdown.
1. Washington, D.C., Capitol Police: The officers who responded to the tragic incidentnear the U.S. Capitol on Thursday are currently working without pay. Whenever the shutdown ends, they’ll receive pay for time worked, but they don’t know when their next check will arrive.
2. Wyoming Nuclear Missile Support Staff: More than 1,000 support staff at a base that houses Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles were furloughed. While people who directly work in national security-related jobs stayed working, others, like map technician Thomas Sweeney, were sent home. The absence of Sweeney and others isn’t as benign as some members of Congress would have you believe: “As for civilians who work for the (Defense Department) and support our national security, furloughs and pay freezes are equally serious and threatening to our national security, especially at a time of war,” American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said.
3. Florida Air Safety: Jennifer Martin is a member of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) and computer specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration in Melbourne, Fla. Martin develops and maintains software applications to monitor equipment like air-to-ground and ground-to-ground communications and surveillance. She and her co-workers, who include aviation safety inspectors, are dedicated federal employees who want to return to their jobs where they can “serve the nation, and provide for our families.” Martin says while they are locked out of their jobs, the safety of flying public may be at risk.
4. Missouri Mortgage Assistance for Rural Homeowners: Nicole Starr, a single mother of three, was locked out from her job helping low-income rural homeowners pay their mortgages. She says she’s very proud of the job she has helping people. “Now I’m in the same position as the people I help,” she says. “I feel like I am watching our community fall apart.”
5. New York Toxic Waste Cleanup: The Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to begin the process of helping residents near the Eighteen Mile Creek Superfund site move to homes that are uncontaminated with asbestos, PCBs, lead and chromium—hazards they currently live with—but the shutdown has stopped the process. The local community involvement coordinator Mike Basile says he doesn’t know when things will move forward. “I don’t know. I can’t find out because it’s so chaotic today.”
6. Montana Native American Programs: Leaders of the Crow Tribe laid off hundreds of workers who perform home health care for the elderly and people with disabilities, bus service for rural areas and other projects. “It’s going to get hard,” says Shar Simpson, who leads the Crow’s home health care program. “We’re already taking calls from people saying, ‘Who’s going to take care of my mom? Who’s going to take care of my dad?’”
7. Illinois Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Agencies: The state’s Department of Human Services has enough money to fund WIC for about two weeks, after that, it won’t be able to afford to buy baby formula that it provides to more than 600 single mothers.
8. Idaho Missing Woman Search: Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, was missing at Craters of the Moon National Monument and the search was temporarily called off after furloughs set in. Law prohibits federal government employees from volunteering for the search, since it would be unfunded work, so the remaining monument staff are trying to recruit capable volunteers from outside their office.
9. National Labor Relations Board: Lynn Rhinehart, general counsel of the AFL-CIO, says the NLRB, the government agency that helps protect workers’ rights, cannot process unfair labor practice charges or hold elections. There are no hearings taking place when employers violate workers’ rights. And workers who were scheduled to vote in elections about getting a union on the job are having those elections pushed off. “Basically,” says Rhinehart, “there is no labor law right now.”
10. South Dakota National Guard: The majority of the National Guard employees in South Dakota have been laid off, which spokesman Maj. Anthony Deiss says will hurt their ability to maintain vehicles, aircraft, and other equipment, and could impact training for regular guard members.
11. California air disaster investigations: The National Transportation Safety Board suspended its investigation into the crash of a private jet in Santa Monica that killed four people.
12. Minnesota Social Security Offices: Offices are closed and residents like Jeff Williams can’t get new or replacement Social Security cards or proof of income letters. “I can’t shut down and not take care of this little one,” he says, referring to his daughter. “I mean, they’re the government. They’re supposed to be taking care of us.”
Listen to a rally today from outside the U.S. Capitol, where locked-out workers tell Congress they want to get back to work, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addresses House Republican irresponsibility:
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, California, DC, Florida, idaho, Illinois, Jobs, Missouri, montana, New York, NLRB, Richard Trumka, shutdown, South Dakota
For those who followed the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention online this past week, here is full video coverage of the proceedings from Sunday to Wednesday, including speeches from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and more. Watch Trumka’s speech in this blog post, then click here to access the rest of the videos.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, aflcio13, organizing, Richard Trumka
New AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre
Delegates to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention today elected a trio of top officers to lead the labor movement to become, said re-elected AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “the movement America needs us to be and we must be.”
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler was elected to a second term and, in a classic American success story, Tefere Gebre, a 45-year-old Ethiopian political refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, was elected executive vice president.
In his acceptance speech, Trumka, a Pennsylvania coal miner who rose to the presidency of the Mine Workers (UMWA) and then served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer until his election to the top post in 2009, called himself “an example that a man or woman can be carried far by those who came before.”
He spoke of his grandfathers who were UMWA organizers, his coal mining father who also served as a union officer and “the union brothers and sisters who showed me the ropes, who taught me about life and unionism, who stood strong with me when I was too young to even know what it meant to stand.”
Noting that many of the union members in the convention hall and around the nation share similar legacies and owe much to those who came before them in the labor movement, he said:
It is a gift we can only repay by giving it all—and more—to those who come along with us and after us. That is why we are building a stronger, broader movement. We have a responsibility to lift others up, to give to those in need in this generation and in future generations what has already been given to us. And more.
Shuler’s union career began with the Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Portland, Ore., and she has served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer since 2009.
She said that strengthening the AFL-CIO’s finances—with transparency and accountability—was her major goal when she took office and, like the federation’s affiliated unions, the AFL-CIO would have to tighten its belt.
So we scrutinized our finances to the smallest detail. We made tough choices and set priorities. The result is, as of the latest fiscal year, we have a balanced budget. The result is a $22 million turnaround in our net assets….Of course, we are nowhere out of the woods yet. We know there will be challenges ahead.
Shuler also said that developing and launching the long-term campaign to redefine how the public sees unions has made progress and “we must move it forward.” The most rewarding—and challenging—part of her job for the past four years, she said, has been engaging young workers in the labor movement and giving them “a sense of belonging and ownership.”
I don’t have the words to fully describe the feeling when you see the light in a young person’s eyes when they realize that their desire to be part of something bigger than themselves is within reach, when they see that they have power. Let’s harness that power and bring the old school and new school together in solidarity.
Prior to his election, Gebre—a former director of government relations of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 270 and a member of the Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and IBEW—served as the executive director of theOrange County (Calif.) Labor Federation. He was also executive director of Frontlash, the first youth and college arm of the labor movement.
At 14, after walking across the African desert from his native Ethiopia to a refugee camp in Sudan to “escape the horrors of war and a brutal military government,” Gebre said he won a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to America as a political refugee.” He told the convention delegates:
At the tender age of 15, I started a brand-new life in this ‘City of Angels’….This is not just my story. It’s a story of millions who proudly call America home. Documented or undocumented, the immigrant story is what makes this country of ours so special.
Gebre made a commitment to work with the state federations and central labor councils:
To my brothers and sisters in local labor movements, state federations and CLCs, I am one of you. I know how hard your job is, and how important your role is. Each of us has the responsibility to convene the labor movement in our own communities—across unions and sectors and to work in real partnership with allies in the community….I pledge to you that I will always be there to listen, advise and help our CLCs and state federations be the best we can be.
Click here to read more about Gebre.
Photo by @RickEiden on Twitter
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, aflcio13, California, immigration, Liz Shuler, Los Angeles, Richard Trumka, Tefere Gebre
“It is time,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said to the more than 1,600 delegates from 57 unions and allies from community partners, progressive groups and global unions, for a “new and stronger movement” for working people. In his keynote address this morning to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention, Trumka said:
What we have done yesterday cannot limit what we do tomorrow. Now is not the time to settle for small steps. If we are going to move forward, we have to challenge ourselves….This is America. It is time we value work—not wealth, not greed—work and the people who do the work.
The convention’s debates, resolutions, action sessions and other actions are all aimed at one goal, he said.
Everything we do this week will be part of a strategy for winning broadly shared prosperity.
Pointing out that for decades, “the working class was the middle class,” Trumka said that growing economic inequality means that’s no longer true.
Here’s the truth we live everyday: We work harder, we work longer hours. We create more—more goods, more services, more of everything—and yet most of us earn less. Less than we did five years ago. Less than we earned 15 years ago. Barely more than we earned 35 years ago.
For the past 15 years, the vast majority of wage increases went to the top 10%, while income for the rest of us went down, and the top 1% did the best, Trumka said. Since 2009, pay for corporate CEOs has soared by 40%.
This is upside down….Imagine for a second what kind of country we would live in if ordinary people’s income had increased like CEOs’. Almost no one would live in poverty. It is time to turn America right side up; and to turn America right side up, we need a real working-class movement.
He acknowledged that working families face powerful enemies such as the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council, Wall Street and the wealthy, “forces who want our country to be run by and for the rich, forces that have systematically stripped workers of power and pushed wages and benefits down:
But greed and privilege and hate have always been with us. The question is what are we going to do about it?
With 13 million members, the AFL-CIO is the “biggest, strongest and best organized force for economic justice in America,” Trumka said.
But we are a small part of the 150 million Americans who work for a living. We cannot win economic justice for ourselves, for union members alone. It would not be right and it is not possible. All working people will rise together or we keep falling together….The success of our movement is not measured in the members we organize or the politicians we elect. It is measured in the progress of working people—all working people.
He said that prior to the convention, there were hundreds of conversations and listening sessions held at every level of the union movement and with allies, academics and friends to set the strategy and direction of the labor movement. The overriding message was that the union movement needs to be wider, deeper, more inclusive and active in organizing workers, not in words, but in deeds. Speaking of the input from the pre-convention sessions, Trumka said:
Another said, ‘We need a union culture shift that will turn the labor movement back into a movement that fights for the interest of all working people.’ We heard that all over America, workers are organizing in all kinds of ways and they call their unity by all kinds of names—workers’ unions, associations, centers, networks….We need to organize ourselves in ways that fit with the jobs people do now and how the economy works now.
He said, “We must make our movement and our leadership as diverse as the workforce we speak for.” That includes tapping into “the energy and hope” of young workers and moving forward immigrants and the children of immigrants.
Sisters and brothers, it is time to tear down the barriers, remove the boundaries between workers. It is time to stop letting employers and politicians tell us who is a worker and who isn’t, who is in our movement and who isn’t. Working people alone should decide who is in the labor movement.
That movement, he said, will mobilize its members and power to win shared prosperity that includes:
- Building “an economy from the middle out”;
- Health care and retirement security for all;
- Investment in a 21st century infrastructure, educational systems and a manufacturing base;
- Paid sick days for all;
- The rich, the powerful and the privileged paying their fair share in taxes; and
- No more tax deals for companies that ship jobs overseas….
However, Trumka emphasized:
Shared prosperity is nothing but a dream until we have democracy—the right to organize and bargain collectively with employers, the right to vote and have that vote count. The right to govern together with our fellow citizens and be free of the power of concentrated wealth.
Shared prosperity doesn’t stop at our borders, he said.
Shared prosperity means a global economy built on rising pay for all who labor, and an end to trade deals that treat corporations better than people.
“Look around you,” Trumka told the convention audience:
This hall is filled with working-class heroes; and all across the country, all across our world, people with a will to organize are ready to join with us, and together we will turn America right side up.
Then he began to call to the convention stage a parade of workers representing the broad and diverse cross section of the American workers’ movement, from New York City taxi drivers, Walmart workers, union veterans, steelworkers, electricians, teachers, EMTs, Working America members, young workers, day laborers and more.
Our challenge, our responsibility—yours and mine—is to join together, with millions more like us, to build real power….Our job is to create a working-class movement strong enough to lift up all workers in this country. The way we honor these American heroes, sisters and brothers, is not with talk, but with action. With innovation. Are you ready to get started?
The thunderous applause and cheers gave the answer.
Photo by @speedolini5 on Twitter
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, Richard Trumka
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called on corporate America today to pay its fair share, saying, “At a time when the 1% have demanded so much sacrifice from working people in the name of deficit reduction, we must ask something of big corporations. That means “revenue positive” corporate tax reform that raises significant amounts of new tax revenue.”
Read the rest of the statement below:
We must start by ending all tax incentives for outsourcing jobs overseas, which would raise more than $583 billion in tax revenue over 10 years.
For many years, the AFL-CIO has called for Wall Street and multinational corporations to pay their fair share in taxes to help pay for the investments we need to make in jobs here at home. However we are concerned that several recent proposals for corporate tax reform do not raise nearly enough revenue because they squander huge sums of money on lowering tax rates for profitable Wall Street corporations.
Wall Street has not been asked to contribute a dime in the name of “shared sacrifice,” while working people have already sacrificed far too much. The suggestion that tax reform should let Wall Street and big corporations get away with paying no more than they pay now is offensive. The suggestion that such “revenue neutral” corporate tax reform should be coupled with cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits is an obscenity.
We are especially concerned that proposals to lower the corporate tax rate by a specific amount could lead to cutbacks on tax expenditures, such as the domestic production activities deduction, that encourage manufacturing in the United States. Limiting such expenditures could discourage investment, production, and employment here in America even if the corporate tax rate is lowered.
Finally, we reiterate that the AFL-CIO opposes cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits, no matter what form they take and no matter who proposes them.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: aflcio, budget, Corporate Accountability, Jobs, Richard Trumka, taxes
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is now fully staffed and able to continue to function to protect workers’ rights after the U.S. Senate today confirmed five members. The votes end a months-long blockade on President Obama’s nominees by Senate Republicans who threatened to shut the board down Aug. 27.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the confirmations are:
Good news for all workers seeking to exercise the rights they are guaranteed by law. Those essential rights include the ability to bargain together for fair wages and living standards and a workplace safe from abuse, harassment and intimidation.
The five members are current NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce; Nancy Schiffer, a former AFL-CIO associate general counsel; and NLRB attorney Kent Hirozawa, currently the chief counsel to Pearce; and attorneys Philip Miscimarra and Harry Johnson, who represent management in labor-management relations.
Earlier this month, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was set to change Senate rules that would have eliminated filibusters against certain executive branch nominees, Republicans ended their obstruction tactics on the NLRB nominees, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and several others.
Trumka said the obstructionism by extremist Republicans “delayed the confirmation of a full Board and caused unnecessary anxiety and pain for working families.”
He also said:
With today’s vote, our country has qualified public servants on duty to defend America’s workers, businesses and families. We congratulate all of the nominees and look forward to having a functioning NLRB that will fairly and impartially oversee the workplace rights of millions of Americans.
Read Trumka’s full statement.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Tags: filibuster, labor, NLRB, organizing, Richard Trumka, Rights At Work, union