12:42 PM, Jul 13, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is announcing that he's running for president today. Because of Walker's anti-Union reputation, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka made sure to weigh in.
But the labor leader got straight to his point."Scott Walker is a national disgrace," Trumka's full statement reads.
12:00 AM, Sep 21, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Given that mine is the dismal science, it is my role to cool the exuberance of investors at the news that the Fed will continue to print money rather than taper, with a bit of news that should worry them--the possible revival of the trade unions, long a fading force in the private sector.
1:12 PM, Sep 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It has been clear for some time now that big labor is no fan of Obamacare. Now the AFL-CIO has passed a resolution making it official. As Sam Hananel reports for the Associated Press:
8:40 AM, Aug 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Nevada AFL-CIO has released a resolution condemning Obamacare and demanding that the president and lawmakers change the law.
"[F]or two years we have sought from the Administration and Congress interpretations to the ACA that merely allows us keep the health plans we currently have: nothing more, nothing less. No special treatment. To date, the Administration has postured on proposals to address the problem, but no proposal to date will actually solve the problem. Our health plans only get worse," the resolution in part reads.
6:37 PM, Oct 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Florida chapter of the AFL-CIO appears to be encouraging folks to break the law. In a message on the homepage of their website, the union writes, "There is a mantra that we --at the Florida AFL-CIO-- like to live by, 'Vote Early, Vote Often'."
Trumka cites auto bailouts, health care law.11:00 AM, Aug 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The president of the largest trade union federation in the country told reporters Thursday morning that the union money donated to Democrats in the 2008 election was "worth it."
At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka if the approximately $1.2 million his organization donated to political campaigns benefitting Barack Obama and Democrats in 2008 was worth it.
6:00 PM, Feb 15, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest Mitt Romney hit on Rick Santorum is headlined, "RICK SANTORUM: BIG LABOR'S FAVORITE SENATOR," and cites Santorum's 1996 vote against a national "right to work" law as primary evidence for its claim. But while Santorum, who represented labor-heavy Pennsylvania, was to the left of some of his Republican colleagues in Congress on labor issues, but it doesn't quite seem right to say he was big labor's "favorite."
8:08 AM, Oct 20, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Hill reports that the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), an AFL-CIO affiliated union, is out with a new ad campaign urging Congress to pass a provision of the president's jobs bill being brought to the Senate floor this week. The provision allots $35 billion to the states to allow "400,000 teachers and first responders to keep their jobs and get their jobs back," according to Harry Reid, although the majority leader admitted yesterday some of that money wouldn't go to creating or keeping jobs.
Watch the video below, which tells viewers to urge their senators to "vote to fix public safety":
12:51 PM, Aug 25, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said today that unions are not deterred at all by their failure to overturn Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's law curbing public employee unions' power through recent state supreme court and state senate elections.
American labor unions and how they got that way.Apr 5, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 28 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Labor unions in the United States were not always tied to the Democratic party and to a leftist ideological agenda. Once upon a time, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) stood at odds with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO); the former resisted statist labor law changes and leftist union policies beginning in the 1930s and the latter supported them.
Why isn't labor screaming about the excise tax?1:57 PM, Mar 18, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
In order to obtain a friendly CBO score, the Democrats lowered the threshold at which health insurance plans will be subject to the excise tax. That threshold is now pegged at inflation, which means more and more plans will be subject to bracket creep over time.
Yet labor coalition Change to Win says it supports the revised Senate bill. And AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka is in talks with his executive committee over the changes to the tax. The AFL-CIO is expected to support the bill, as well, despite the changes. Why?
Yesterday Trumka was summoned to an unscheduled meeting at the White House. One wonders what he was told. Could it have been that the regressive changes to the taxes and subsidies shouldn't sway his support for the bill, since the Democrats can always cancel them once they kick down the door?
Another liberal power couple in Washington that should be watched. 8:52 AM, Jan 15, 2010 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
Washington loves liberal power couples. Remember Tina Brown and Harold Evans swooning over the Clintons? And the campaign Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson waged against the Bush White House? Book deals and good favor are up for grabs to those who best play professional victim.
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