10 Dec 2009

Young Workers: Hit Hard, Hitting Back

As the newly elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, I traveled the country this fall, talking with workers and hearing their concerns. The economic crisis is causing a lot of pain. So many people have no jobs, no health care—and many are losing their homes. And as I looked into the faces of young workers, the reality hit home that these young people are part of the first generation in recent history likely to be worse off than their parents.

10 Dec 2009

Trumka: Open for Questions on the Jobs Crisis

On Dec. 15, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will host a live online conversation on the nation’s jobs crisis–and you can take part.

09 Dec 2009

Win-Win: Create Good Jobs, Rebuild Nation’s Infrastructure

Investment in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure can put millions of people to work now and improve our country for the long term. The United States has some $2.2 trillion in unmet infrastructure needs. That’s a lot of work that needs to be done, at a time when 26 million people are unemployed or underemployed.

07 Dec 2009

Renewing Unemployment Insurance: A Moral, Economic Must

The first step in this plan is to extend a lifeline to the people who have been hit the hardest by the jobs crisis. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, unemployment benefits were extended for millions of workers. Those who lost jobs got added food aid and assistance in getting COBRA health coverage. That was the right policy—but even as the crisis continues, those benefits are expiring.

17 Nov 2009

Trumka: Jobs Crisis—Fix It Now

Today at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other leaders joined together to call for urgent action to create jobs and rebuild the economy.

16 Nov 2009

Trumka to Launch Jobs Initiative Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will announce a major new initiative to create and save jobs.

(Watch the live webcast at aflcio.org/createjobs starting at 9 a.m.)

29 Oct 2009

Building the New Economy

Today, the Campaign for America’s Future is holding a “Building the New Economy” conference. As we build the new economy, it’s important we build one not based on the assets bubbles of the past but on the firm rock of manufacturing.

27 Oct 2009

Showdown in Chicago: Thousands Protest Bankers

More than 5,000 people are packing the streets of downtown Chicago this morning, chanting, marching and rallying against Big Bankers and financial institutions that have taken taxpayer money and are using it to give big bonuses to CEOs and to lobby against financial reforms that would ensure they don’t go back on the public dole.

14 Oct 2009

Tomorrow, Join Us for ‘A Better Deal’

Tomorrow, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will give the keynote address at the A Better Deal 2009 conference here in Washington, D.C.

13 Oct 2009

Young America Wants Health Care Reform

Ari A. Matusiak, founder of Young Invincibles, a health reform advocacy group, says in a new AFL-CIO Point of View guest column that young workers need health care reform now, and that they need to join together to fight for it.