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lia href= http://www.laborradio.org/node/10255Poll Shows Overwhelming Public Support For Employee Free Choice Acta//li
lia href= http://www.laborradio.org/node/10256UAW Will Soon Sit Down With Detroit Three To Re-Open Contract Talksa//li
lia href= http://www.laborradio.org/node/10257Presidents Of 12 Biggest U.S. Unions Call For Unification of Labor Movementa//li
lia href= http://www.laborradio.org/node/10258Macy’s Joins The Job-Cutting Paradea//li
pThe President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City had a stormy outlook for the economy during a speech on Wednesday. Fed President Thomas Hoeing said he doesn’t expect to see any signs of recovery in the economy until the third quarter at the earliest. Hoeing said “we will see negative growth through the first half of the year.” Hoeing endorsed the implementation of a fiscal stimulus plan to help bring the economy back from recession. /p
pMacy’s announced plans Thursday to shutter 11 stores as it deals with economic pressure. The company plans to close stores in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Minnesota, and other locations. Nine hundred sixty employees will lose their jobs because of the closures, but some could find positions at other locations. The company saw a 4 percent decline in sales during the month of December./p
pBy Doug Cunningham/p
pThe presidents of America’s 12 largest labor unions have called for reunification of the labor movement. SEIU and the Teamsters led seven unions out of the AFL-CIO to form Change To Win in 2005. Both are joining in the call to reunite the labor movement./p
pWill the United Auto Workers have one of its strongest bargaining tools when contract negotiations with U.S. automakers start up next week? Jesse Russell reports:/p
pOn Monday the United Auto Workers union will sit down with the big three U.S. automakers to reopen contract negotiations in order to help keep the companies afloat as auto purchases continue to plummet. The UAW may have to enter the negotiations without one of the strongest weapons in its war chest, the right to call a strike. According to the loan agreement between the Treasury Department and General Motors the union can’t even make a threat of striking the automaker up until the February 17 deadline for reaching a contract agreement./p
pBy Doug Cunningham/p
pA solid super-majority of Americans support the labor law reform known as the Employee Free Choice Act. The AFL-CIO’s Alison Omens says the Hart Associates poll shows well over 70 percent of Americans back the labor law reform making it easier for workers to join unions free of employer intimidation./p
p[Omens]: “There’s overwhelming public support for the Employee Free Choice Act. Nearly four in five adults – that’s 78 percent – favor legislation that would make it easier for workers to bargain with their employers. After hearing of the specific provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act, 73 percent of adults favor the legislation.Economoc Report: /p
OK, so our AFL-CIO building here in Washington, D.C., is surrounded by barricades. It’s for a good cause: Our new neighbor has set up temporary digs at the Hay-Adams across the street, and he carries a lot of Secret Service with him. The Secret Service has this need for, well, security.
But imagine what it’s like to be 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, whisked daily through concrete barriers and blockaded streets only to return home to a hotel room?
So we thought we’d brighten up their days a bit. From the seventh floor of our building, we’ve draped a one-story-tall and 67-foot-wide banner welcoming the two Obama girls.
That banner joins one we put up in the early hours of Nov. 5, just above our entrance, saying, “We’re Turning Around America.”
Last year, the number of poor children in the United States increased by nearly half a million, to 13.3 million—and 5.8 million of those are living in extreme poverty. Nearly 9 million children have no health insurance. Those numbers are sure to rise as the nation plunges further into recession, says the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) [...]
As the new Congress kicks off its first week and we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, now is the time for political leaders to speak out for the freedom of workers to form unions and bargain for a better life.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is a great example of how a political leader can [...]
Sen. Kay Hagen, who defeated Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina, and Rep. Paul Tonko of New York are among the new members of Congress who joined members of the AFL-CIO union movement at a reception in their honor.
Before getting down to the serious business of fair pay legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act, economic recovery [...]