In its bid to paint Mitt Romney as a corporate raider who moved jobs overseas, the Obama campaign is getting help from allies in organized labor.
The AFL-CIO says that in the week leading up to the Fourth of July, “activists” will take part in events that “target” Mr. Romney’s “record on offshoring jobs.”
The union is planning other events urging passage of a legislation that encourage investment in the U.S., as part of what it calls a “Bring Jobs Home’’ campaign.
This Independence Day, I say let's go back to a truer use of the word "freedom." Let's start with President Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. I would add the freedom to bargain collectively.
Those freedoms are under attack today. We all will pay a heavy price if we don't stand up and fight for them.
In a May speech at the National Press Club, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka threatened to reduce support for the Democratic party and launch "an independent labor movement" if Democrats didn't more fully support the union agenda.
"We will change the way we spend, the way we do things and the way we function that creates power for workers," Trumka said, according to the Associated Press.
Organized labor is taking its first shots of the 2012 presidential campaign, portraying Mitt Romney as an elitist “vulture capitalist” in a series of Web ads designed to drum up volunteers.
The ads, paid for by the AFL-CIO’s Super PAC, Workers’ Voice, will appear nationwide but mainly target potential activists in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Nevada. The group, which has raised $5.4 million so far, plans to spend $500,000 on the first batch of Web ads.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Trumka said the labor movement backs the goals of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City and elsewhere and will work with such groups “to make the top 1% pay their share.”... the labor leader was specific as he summarized his demands: make Wall Street invest in creating jobs for Americans, stop foreclosures and write down problem mortgages. Paying for government programs would come from a “very tiny” tax on speculation, he said.
"To our brothers and sisters, brave new founders of the new independent union in egypt and to all egyptians hungry for social justice… We support your demands for freedom, social justice and respect for human dignity."
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The Solidarity Center's mission is to help build a global labor movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent, and democratic unions.
We envision a world . . .
Where working families have a voice in the future through the development of strong, independent free trade unions.
Where workers band together as part of an international movement for democracy and social justice.
Where all who work and contribute to the global economy are rewarded fairly and equitably.
Where governments enforce, and employers respect, the rights of workers.
Howe We're Governed
The AFL-CIO is governed by a quadrennial convention at which all AFL-CIO members are represented by delegates elected by their fellow union members. These delegates set broad policies and goals for the union movement, as well as our Constitution, and every four years elect officers who govern the day-to-day work of the AFL-CIO.
In 2009, delegates to the 26th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention elected Richard Trumka as president and Elizabeth Shuler as secretary-treasurer. Arlene Holt Baker was re-elected as executive vice president.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America.
We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet with these achievements.
We dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of working families, bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace and securing social equity in the Nation.
At the first AFL-CIO unity meeting Meany proposed that the first step in unity negotiations be the consummation of a no-raid agreement. With minor changes, the AFL accepted the CIO draft. On December 5, 1955, the two labor organizations merged.
There are several reasons why the merger came when it did. The most important historical reason was that both AFL and CIO regarded the Eisenhower administration as essentially antagonistic to the interests of organized labor. While in the 1930s and 1940s both AFL and CIO unions could grow concurrently, in the 1950s one union's expansion was perceived as coming at the expense of another. Separation had, therefore, become an indulgence in animosities which had lost their meaning.