Tag Archives: AFL-CIO

House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R. 1293 (the “Official Time Reform Act of 2017”) was introduced by Rep. David Ross (R-Fla.) on March 1, 2017, and … Continue Reading

AFL-CIO Membership Stats Mostly Flat or Declining

The AFL-CIO’s membership numbers were stagnant in 2013, despite the fact the union added more than one million members.  According to a “Membership Report” prepared by AFL-CIO, almost all of that increase was attributable to the 2013 re-affiliation of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union with the AFL-CIO.  [The UFCW left the AFL-CIO in … Continue Reading

Back to the 20th Century?

The President Barack Obama spoke at a recent meeting of the AFL-CIO and after prepared remarks, he responded to a question from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The nub of the exchange was that the President would advise employees to join a union, just as President Franklin Roosevelt did back in the 1930s. Is that what … Continue Reading

The Mid-Winter Meetings

The American Bar Association is meeting this week in Puerto Rico while the AFL-CIO holds its mid-winter meetings in Orlando.  EFCA and the state of union organizing have drawn the attention of both groups. Fred Feinstein, former General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, spoke at the Bar Association meeting.  He thinks EFCA in … Continue Reading

The White House: Labor Leaders’ “Home Away From Home”

  Last week we told you that “Organized Labor certainly has the ‘ear’ of this Administration.”  We didn’t know how right we were. On Friday, the Obama Administration published a partial list of visitors who have visited the White House.  Andy Stern, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), visited 22 times, more than any … Continue Reading

Big Labor Gaining Ground with “Friends” in White House

  Bloomberg.com reporter Holly Rosenkrantz believes things have been “looking up” for Organized Labor.  Rosenkrantz’s October 29 article cites several recent victories for Labor, including newly imposed federal tariffs on tires produced overseas for U.S. manufacturers, free trade agreements being put on hold and a potential rule change making it easier for airline workers to … Continue Reading

Follow the Money

When Change to Win left the AFL-CIO in 2005, 35% of the labor federation’s revenue left with it. Despite this, Labor provided massive, unprecedented support for political purposes in the last two election cycles. The investments have resulted in a “worker friendly” Congress and White House. But there are negative results for Labor as well. … Continue Reading

The Kennedy Legacy

Caroline Kennedy spoke about her late uncle Ted to the AFL-CIO convention on September 14. Most appropriately, the late-Senator Edward M. Kennedy was recognized for his consistent support of Labor over his decades of service. According to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Labor narrowly missed getting its greatest prize – EFCA – as a result of … Continue Reading

AFL-CIO Convention in Progress

Today marks the first day of the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention in Pittsburgh. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to be in attendance. They will have their hands full with a packed agenda that includes electing new officers, setting priorities for the federation and debating health care reform, job safety, green jobs, immigration, and the economic crisis, … Continue Reading

Reflections about the new AFL-CIO President

A Washington Post article published on Labor Day casts some light onto the AFL-CIO’s next president Richard Trumka. Trumka comes from a long line of coal miners in Pennsylvania. After working in the mines himself, he attended college and then Villanova law school “in preparation for a career of union activism” where he was class … Continue Reading