Numbers don’t lie. Wage inequality is at its highest since the Great Depression. Total income grew 36.9% in the United States from 1979 to 2007, and the top 1% snatched 53.9% of it. Yet despite the facts, people are blaming unions for everything from corrupt politics to economic failures.
The latest video from AFGE tells the story of member Tamara Lusardi, a transgender woman who served her country in the military and in the defense industry and not only fought back against workplace discrimination, she won. Watch the video to hear Tamara’s story.
In the wake of today’s historic Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, organizations representing working families applauded the ruling. Here are the statements and tweets released on Friday.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major win for working families, ruling that housing discrimination does not have to be intentional in order to be illegal. Victims of housing discrimination may now bring a complaint when there is clear evidence that a housing provider intended to discriminate, or when a practice or policy that is not intentionally discriminatory has a negative impact on a particular group of people, like people of color or persons with disabilities. Wages have remained stagnant for decades, and today, too, many middle- and working-class families are locked out of buying a house or renting affordable housing because of discrimination. This decision by the court helps ensure that working families will have access to safe and affordable housing across the country.
In Roanoke, Va., part of the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), working families joined with a broad coalition of activists and concerned Americans to demand restoration of the Voting Rights Act, key provisions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago. Here are some of the key tweets from those in attendance.
When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
This week, under the dedicated leadership of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Boxer, the ranking member of the committee, the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act) advanced.
There are many ways for union families to lessen the load of college loan debt. For example, taking courses at a community college before transferring to a more expensive college is a proven tactic. Another, taking AP classes in high school that qualify for college credits can save students a bundle.
Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its numbers for inflation and for real wage movements. The numbers reflected the weak numbers of the first quarter for economic growth: Zero inflation and zero real wage growth in the past three months. The economy is showing signs that it is fragile. It can be spoofed by international developments that raise the value of the dollar and slow U.S. export growth, or by bad weather—events, the Federal Reserve cannot control or easily predict.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.