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By Tula Connell on February 25, 2010

In an internal newsletter at Whirlpool Corp.'s Evansville, Ind., plant, Paul Coburn, vice president of Whirlpool's Evansville Division, says the decision to close the plant and kill 1,100 jobs will not be reconsidered and warns workers about attending a Friday rally protesting the shutdown:

...these negative activities will only hamper employees when they look for future jobs....We fear that potential employers will view the actions of a few and determine whether they would want to hire any of Evansville Division employees in the future.
You can read more about Coburn's memo on The Huffington Post here.

Show solidarity with the Whirlpool workers, 900 of whom are members of IUE-CWA Local 808, by signing an online petition urging Whirlpool to reverse its decision and Keep It Made in America: Save Our Jobs. Click here to add your name to nearly 40,000 who already have signed the petition.

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By Tula Connell on January 29, 2010

Want to crosspost here some stunning data in a post by Dr. Jody Heymann, professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Arts at McGill University. Dr. Heymann has authored and edited more than 150 publications, including Raising the Global Floor and Forgotten Families. Also, check out the interactive world legal rights database created by Dr. Heymann and her team.

When it comes to ensuring working families have the bread-and-butter basics, the United States is an outlier, there’s no doubt. For example:

  • 177 nations guarantee paid leave for new mothers; the U.S. does not.
  • 74 nations guarantee paid leave for new fathers; the U.S. does not.
  • 132 nations guarantee breastfeeding breaks at work; the U.S. does not.
  • 163 nations guarantee paid sick leave; the U.S. does not.
  • 48 nations guarantee paid time off to care for children’s health; the U.S. does not.
  • 41 nations provide leave that can be used for child education needs; the U.S. does not.
  • 33 nations provide paid leave to care for adult family members; the U.S. does not.

The cost to Americans is profound...

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By Tula Connell on January 22, 2010

Massachusetts voters sent a strong signal to Washington lawmakers Tuesday that they want results—and aren't seeing any. Not on health care reform, not on job creation and not on fixing the nation's economy.

Voters also sent another powerful message for Democrats: Ignore the working class at your peril.

Some 79 percent of voters polled on election night said the most important issue for them was electing a candidate who will strengthen the economy and create more jobs. Controlling health care costs was next on their list, with 54 percent citing that issue as the main determinant of their vote.

The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates among 810 voters for the AFL-CIO on the night of the election, also found that although voters without a college degree favored Barack Obama by 21 percentage points in the 2008 election, Democratic candidate Martha Coakley lost that same group by a 20-point margin.

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By Tula Connell on January 15, 2010

On the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-in, James Parks at our AFL-CIO Now blog, interviewed Franklin McCain, one of the four students who refused to leave a whites-only Greensboro lunch counter until they were served, sparking key civil rights legislation.

As we approach the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it’s a good time to assess that post-racial world we’re supposed to be living in now. So, how’s it working out? Not very well, according to Franklin McCain. He’s one of the four trailblazing students whose sit-in at a Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter 50 years ago ignited a nationwide effort that resulted in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

I don’t know where I was when racism disappeared from these United States of ours. This new right and the Tea Partiers have taken the position that anybody who talks about racial discrimination or affirmative action is a whiner or a civil rights pimp. We have to get off the sidelines and attack [that kind of language]… They are taking parts of our gains and using it against us. And it’s ridiculous.

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By Tula Connell on December 2, 2009

Mike Hall at the AFL-CIO writes about an issue not many of us are aware of: Musicians don't get paid for their work when terrestrial radio plays it.

AM and FM radio stations that broadcast songs over the air to your cars and homes have had a free ride for more than 80 years. They don't have to pay the musicians and singers who make the music. A good deal for corporate radio, a bad deal for working musicians.

Legislation in Congress, the Performance Rights Act (S. 379 and H.R. 848), will make sure the band gets paid by requiring the stations to pay royalties to the performers whenever their work is aired. The bill, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, "would correct an injustice that has been 80 years in the making." In a letter to the U.S. Senate urging passage of the legislation, he says the bill

would guarantee that performers whose work is played on AM/FM radio can finally secure the right to be compensated for their efforts. This is an issue of basic fairness for working families.

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By Tula Connell on October 30, 2009

In this cross-post from the Huffington Post, Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, describes why the deck is stacked against airline and railroad workers when it comes to union elections.

The deck is stacked against airline and railroad workers when it comes to union elections. That's why airline CEOs are working so hard to defend current election procedures that count all workers who sit out elections as "no" votes.

Americans are accustomed to elections where a simple majority of those voting decides the outcome—whether they're voting for PTA president or U.S. senator. Not so for airline and railroad workers—who must first ensure that turnout exceeds 50 percent. How can we justify imposing higher turnout standards on airline and railroad union elections than we do in elections for the highest office of our land? We can't.

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By Tula Connell on October 23, 2009

Economist Jeff Madrick, director of policy research at The New School's Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, is among several key speakers at next week's Building the New Economy conference here in Washington, D.C. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard also are among keynote speakers. Here, Madrick shares with us why government involvement in the economy is essential to ensure a robust, successful nation.

America had been living a free-market myth for a generation until the credit crisis of 2008 and 2009 descended on the nation--and the world. One expression of that myth, found frequently on the editorial pages of the popular media, was that government does not grow economies, business does. In other words, government, don't meddle where you're not needed. Politicians are even easier to belittle than government itself.

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By Tula Connell on September 1, 2009

Something bad happened in the past 10 years to young workers in this country: Since 1999, more of them now have lower-paying jobs, if they can get a job at all; health care is a rare luxury and retirement security is something for their parents, not them. In fact, many--younger than 35--still live at home with their parents because they can't afford to be on their own.

These are the findings of a new report, "Young Workers: A Lost Decade." Conducted in July 2009 by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the AFL-CIO and our community affiliate Working America, the nationwide survey of 1,156 people follows up on a similar survey the AFL-CIO conducted in 1999. The deterioration of young workers' economic situation in those 10 years is alarming.

Nate Scherer, 31, is among today's young workers. Scherer lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he shares a home with his wife, his parents, brother and his partner. He spoke at a media conference at the AFL-CIO today to discuss the report.

After getting married, my wife and I decided to move in with my parents to pay off our bills. We could afford to live on our own but we'd never be able to get out of debt. We have school loans to pay off, too. We'd like to have children, but we just can't manage the expense of it right we're putting it off till we're in a better place. My [work] position is on the edge, and I feel like if my company were to cut back, my position would be one of the first to go.

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By Tula Connell on August 14, 2009

So I took a tour of a steel plant today. There was a lot of hot, molten steel, but also high-tech computerized systems running the show, making sure just enough steel is poured into a mold at just the right temperature and speed, among many other functions.

The tour of the Edgar Thomson Steel Works in North Braddock, Pa., was sponsored by the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the Campaign for America's Future as part of the Netroots Nation conference here in Pittsburgh.

On the way to the Thomson plant, we passed by the spot on the Monongahela River where, in 1892, striking steelworkers literally did battle with Pinkerton thugs who tried a sneak attack on them from barges in the river. The workers were prepared, and the Pinkertons surrendered. Ultimately, though, Carnegie, the owner of the plant, won the Homestead strike.

Passing by Homestead was a reminder that many people associate steel mills with the hazy history of our nation, but this tour was not about nostalgia. It was about the future—and how steel plants and manufacturing must be an essential part of 21st century America, or our economy will wither.

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By Tula Connell on June 26, 2009

Rachelle Honeycutt works at an oil refinery in Washington State. Sam Schaffer is a skilled sheet metal worker from West Virginia. Javier Almazan organizes workers in south Florida and Cathy Merkel is an registrar in Maryland. They're all union members. And in a few days, all four will be graduates of one of the crown jewels of the labor movement: The National Labor College.

With a 46-acre campus just outside Washington, D.C., the nation's only labor college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and grants bachelor's and master's degrees. The college evolved from the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, created in 1969, and now partners with the University of Baltimore and George Mason University for its graduate degree programs.

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