By Doug Cunningham
The Center for Economic and Policy Research says 22 percent of people in working families are suffering economically. The new report – Working Families and Economic Insecurity In The States –says the federal poverty guideline does a poor job in painting the true picture of how working families are struggling financially. The federal poverty guidelines say 12.6 percent of Americans are living in poverty. But the Center for Economic and Policy Research says when a more real-world measure is taken 22 percent of people in the typical state suffer from economic hardship because their earnings and income is far short of a basic needs budget.
By Doug Cunningham
Organized labor remains divided over the Democratic presidential primary candidates, though labor says it will unite behind the Democratic nominee in the general election. David Warrick is Executive Director of AFSCME Council 62, representing workers in Kentucky and Indiana.
[Warrick]: “If you look at the states that traditionally in presidential races are the ones that swing it one way or the other, those are the ones Hillary’s winning. The Ohios, Pennsylvanias, Floridas, those are the ones
that in general elections count. So I think it;s showing that as far as electability, she’s the one that’s more electable than Obama.”
By Doug Cunningham
Barack Obama won the Oregon vote in the Democratic presidential primary Tuesday. Hillary Clinton racked up another landslide over Obama thanks to the white working class vote – this time in Kentucky. Obama spoke to the nation from Iowa after Tuesday’s elections, exalting the promise of change he believes his candidacy represents.
[Obama]: “With the help of those who stood up from Portland to Louisville, we have returned to Iowa with a majority of the delegates elected by the American people and you have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America!”
As the Senate takes up the issue of extending unemployment insurance (UI) benefits this week, a new report shows the UI funds of several states are not solvent enough to weather a recession.
With the Bush economy in freefall, more workers are being forced to apply for jobless benefits. In fact, as the number of U.S. workers filing first-time claims for benefits rose last week, the total receiving benefits climbed to the highest level in more than four years.
On top of that, some 200,000 jobless workers a month exhaust their UI benefits without finding new jobs, and about 3.5 million unemployed workers will lose jobless benefits this year.
The report, Unemployment Insurance Financing: Examining State Trust Funds Facing Recession, by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), finds that overall, state UI solvency is worse now than it was prior to the 2001 recession.
You still have time to enter the AFL-CIO’s Turn Around America Online Video Competition. The deadline has been extended to June 10.
Most people believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. They tell pollsters that a failing health care system, stumbling economy, stagnant wages, disappearing jobs and an endless war show we are on the wrong track.
It’s been nearly 20 years since a federal law went into effect to give workers a little heads up by requiring employers to provide a 60-day notice before a massive layoff or plant closing.
But the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) has so many loopholes and exemptions it has “failed to live up to its promise,” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rickard Trumka told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee this morning.
Joe Aguiar knows that first hand.
He told the committee that after working for 27 years at the Quaker Fabric plant in Fall River, Mass., he received a phone call the evening of July 2 telling him that he and his 900 co-workers were out of a job. The plant was shuttered and padlocked the next morning.
The United States is on the brink of making historic changes in its leadership, and the union movement is a key part of the drive to move the country in a new direction. Speaking before the annual meeting of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), an organization of the nation’s labor lawyers, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker told participants, “Something very special is going on in America.”
We’ve seen it in the upsurge of voter registration during the Democratic primaries. We’ve seen it in impressive voter turnouts in state after state.
Yesterday, Sen. John McCain paid a visit to Chicago, and Chicago union members were there to meet him.
The Chicago Federation of Labor organized the event, which brought 25 union members to a convention center where McCain was speaking. Bearing signs reading “It’s Time to Turn Around America,” these volunteers asked whether McCain would put forth policies to help working families or whether he’d continue the anti-worker Bush agenda.
Law enforcement officers in Iowa, wireless sales workers in Idaho and print shop employees in Minnesota are the latest workers to choose a voice at work with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
In Sioux City, Iowa, 100 detention officers and 39 deputy sheriffs in the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department voted to affiliate with the CWA. The officers were part of an independent association but sought a strong voice to deal with their concerns over pay, intimidation by management and job security—issues especially important to the detention workers who—unlike deputies—are at-will employees, meaning they can be fired for any reason and have no due process rights.