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  • Today’s Death Toll:150 Workers

    05/09/2014 3:04:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 5/08/2014 | Mike Hall
    Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety over the past four decades, 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today, reports the 2014 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released this morning.And that daily death toll, which has remained steady for the past several years, plus the 11.4 million work-related injuries and illnesses a year show:The nation must renew the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death and make this a high priority. We must demand that employers meet their responsibilities to protect...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Trumka Says Shutting Down the Government to Prove a Point is 'Temper Tantrum Worthy of a 4-Year-Old'

    10/01/2013 9:12:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    aflcio.org ^ | September 30, 2013 | Jackie Tortora
    A looming federal government shutdown is slated to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the House Republicans' hostage taking: As of today, it is clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party have become one and the same when it comes to federal fiscal policy. House Republicans have decided that they will shut down critical public services, stiff public servants, hold America’s credit rating hostage and kill off jobs because they are upset that President Obama decisively defeated Mitt Romney last November. That some Republicans are participating in this fiasco...
  • AFL-CIO President Trumka: Employers Cutting Workers to 29 1/2 Hours to Avoid ObamaCare

    09/04/2013 8:40:30 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 9/4/2013 | Noel Sheppard
    In the past several months, the left and their media minions have pushed back against claims businesses are trimming worker hours to avoid ObamaCare. During a recent interview, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said employers are "restructuring their workforce to give workers 29 and a half hours so they don't have to provide them healthcare."
  • Trumka Wants to Love Obamacare But Mistakes Were Made: No S%#&!

    09/03/2013 9:09:07 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-3-2013 | MOTUS
    Who could have seen this coming? – “Obama's Affordable Care Act Looking a Bit Unaffordable.” For the vast majority of Americans, premium prices will be higher in the individual exchange than what they’re currently paying for employer-sponsored benefits, according to a National Journal analysis of new coverage and cost data. Adding even more out-of-pocket expenses to consumers’ monthly insurance bills is a swell in deductibles under the Affordable Care Act.Health law proponents have excused the rate hikes by saying the prices in the exchange won’t apply to the millions receiving coverage from their employers. But that’s only if employers continue...
  • Trumka hsa "A Dream" and Obama Transforms the Full Time Job!!! (Disclaimer: It's Satire)

    09/02/2013 11:00:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-2-2013 | MOTUS
    Today, America celebrates the 100 anniversary of the first federal Labor Day holiday. In honor of the day, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, Richard Trumka takes the opportunity to address the workers of America: “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for solidarity in the history of our nation.  Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beckoning light of hope...
  • Union Leaders Prepare for Final Push on Immigration; Ignore Member Concerns

    08/12/2013 9:54:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 12, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    "Comprehensive immigration reform," like virtually any initiative containing the magic word "comprehensive," looks good on the surface. But the details of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June by a 68-32 margin reveal a lot gone wrong underneath. Oblivious to this, top union leaders are gearing up for an all-out blitz this fall to secure passage of similar legislation in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (in photo), they are obsessed with providing 11 million or more persons living illegally in this country with amnesty and eventual citizenship, and with enabling millions...
  • Trumka (AFL-CIO) Wants To Offset Drops In ... Membership By Signing Up NAACP and Social Groups

    08/10/2013 11:20:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 9, 2013 | Sundance
    WASHINGTON — Calling the labor movement in crisis, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he will push far-reaching changes at the federation’s convention next month, including forging closer partnerships and even accepting as members such outside groups as the Sierra Club and the NAACP. The changes, some of which will require amending the AFL-CIO’s bylaws, are part of a strategy aimed at reviving the labor movement’s falling clout and recasting it as a champion for American workers generally, not just for the declining ranks of dues-paying union members. In an interview Wednesday with USA TODAY, Trumka acknowledged resistance within his organization...
  • Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Senate Immigration Bill

    06/27/2013 4:08:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | June 27, 2013 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    The United States Senate today moved our country a big step closer to building a common sense immigration system that will allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens. Now it is up to the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead by allowing a majority of House members to vote on a bill with a path to citizenship. Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team face a decision that will have ramifications for a generation: Block a roadmap to citizenship vote, obstruct the will of overwhelming majorities of working people and face a generation of electoral decline—or support citizenship and...
  • New Senate Immigration Amnesty Plan Bears Union Imprint

    04/18/2013 11:55:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 18, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    If there were any doubts that the oft-used term ‘comprehensive immigration reform' is a stalking-horse for amnesty, a new Senate proposal should dispel them. The measure, touted as a way to fix our ‘broken' immigration system, will do the opposite. Not only will it demean U.S. citizenship and rule of law, it also likely will produce adverse economic effects. The main feature of the 844-page bill is that it would allow millions of illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency and eventual citizenship. Significantly, the bill bears a strong union influence. And labor officials aren't bashful about it. Ana Avendano,...
  • ICE Agents Shut Out of Immigration Reform Talks By White House

    02/03/2013 7:28:09 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    freedom outpost/yahoo ^ | 2-1-13 | tim brown
    It looks like unionized Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents are starting to make some noise against the White House and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about being shut out of talks involving immigration reform. They expressed concern about how such reform would affect federal agents, specifically those that are in the Border Patrol and work along the United States/Mexico border. Yahoo News reports,Unions “did have at one point some differences” on the issue, but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now,” Trumka said. “We’ll be at the table the whole time this thing is being developed to make sure...
  • ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’

    02/01/2013 10:01:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Caroline May
    ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’ Posted By Caroline May On 12:34 PM 02/01/2013 @ 12:34 PM In DC Exclusives - Original Reporting,Politics,Yahoo! Linkbox,Yahoo! News | No Comments The ICE Agents union responded forcefully to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s assertion Tuesday that “unions did have at one point some differences” but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind” the president’s immigration reform agenda now. “No President Trumka, there are still differences within the AFL-CIO, and you don’t speak for us,” the ICE union dispatched in a press release this week. According to the union,...
  • Michigan Unions Targeted Obama Enemy: Koch Brothers

    12/13/2012 4:19:33 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | Dece,ber 12, 2012
    Politics: The union mob that tore down that tent outside the Michigan state capitol was aiming at a free-market advocacy group on the president's enemies list promoting right-to-work and other pro-growth measures. In an editorial headlined "Drinking the Kochs' Kool-Aid," the Detroit Free Press, a newspaper in a decaying city with 18.9% unemployment, opined it was pressure from the Koch brothers, David H. and Charles G., who head a Kansas-based conglomerate with 50,000 U.S.-based employees, that moved Michigan Republicans to make the state adopt right-to-work legislation. Randy Richardville, majority leader of the state Senate, and Gov. Rick Snyder may have...
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Caption This Photo..

    11/21/2012 8:54:08 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 38 replies
    Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America ^ | November 21, 2012 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    In the aftermath of the fall of Hostess, I thought it would be appropriate to spotlight America's most prolific Union thug, Richard Trumka. Caption this photo!: Trumka: "Hey you idiot, I'VE got the dibs on that last case of Twinkies."
  • Union: 'Bain-style' killing of Twinkie (Romney's fault)

    11/16/2012 10:35:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    The Bain attack is back. This time it’s being used against Hostess Brands, the Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker that announced Friday it was closing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka drew the comparison in a public statement Friday. “What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor,” Trumka said in a public statement. “Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price.” Earlier Friday, Hostess Brands announced that it would be closing, which the company said...
  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: This Whole Fiscal Cliff Thing Is Manufactured

    11/15/2012 8:45:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/15/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    During a speech today in Washington D.C., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the looming debt disaster a "manufactured crisis" and said "there isn't a fiscal cliff." "There is no fiscal cliff," Trumka says in prepared remarks to the National Mediation Board Conference in Washington on Thursday. "What we’re facing is an obstacle course within a manufactured crisis that was hastily thrown together in response to inflated rhetoric about our federal deficit." Obama met with Trumka earlier this week, in addition to other far left leaders, to discuss economic policy. Apparently a $3500 tax increase on every family doesn't serve as...
  • Obama Dances With Big Labor!

    11/14/2012 8:37:02 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-14-2012 | MOTUS
    Yesterday Big Guy had several of his biggest fans and supporters in for tea: All rock stars in their own right (Big Unions and Big Community Organizing): Rubin Justin (MoveOn.org), DickieTrumka (AFL-CIO), Mary Kaye Henry (SEIU) And as promised, they received nothing butt good news from Big Guy: (snip)Obama saying they were united with the president on how to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” and prevent more financial hardships next year. That of course would be by preserving the tax cuts for middle class families that were first put in place by the Bush administration, and that Big Guy voted...
  • Big Labor’s Federal Funding Skyrockets Under Obama

    09/13/2012 1:01:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 13, 2012
    The Obama Administration has rewarded its big labor allies with lucrative federal grants, including millions of dollars to help them strengthen unions in Iraq, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch. The information comes straight from government records gathered in the course of a lengthy JW investigation into the administration’s tight relationship with the nation’s powerful labor movement. Since Obama moved to the White House federal funding for big labor has skyrocketed to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. A chunk of the money is being funneled to unions so they can increase labor organization around the globe,...
  • Trumka leaving Charlotte ahead of Obama's acceptance speech

    09/06/2012 10:16:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 6, 20012 | Kevin Bogardus
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is leaving Charlotte on Thursday and will not attend President Obama's acceptance speech. Trumka is leaving early in order to avoid the travel crush at the Charlotte airport on Friday, according to a spokesman for Workers’ Voice, the AFL-CIO’s super-PAC. But there have been tensions between the Obama administration and organized labor for some time. Spokesman Eddie Vale said Trumka and others union officials' absence was not related to labor’s frustrations with Democrats. “Nope, this has nothing to do with that,” he said in an email. “We're looking forward to Obama accepting the...
  • Coal Miners’ Union Sits Out Presidential Race

    08/09/2012 6:57:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 49 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 9,2012 | Amy Harder
    After giving then-Sen. Barack Obama a full-throttled endorsement in the 2008 presidential election, the United Mine Workers of America has decided not to endorse either Obama or the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012. “As of right now, we’ve elected to stay out of this election,” said Mike Caputo, a UMWA official and a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. “Our members right now have indicated to stay out of this race, and that’s why we’ve done that.... I don’t think quite frankly that coalfield folks are crazy about either candidate.” Both candidates are trying to...
  • Race Isn't the Problem for Obama (Trumka assigns 400K union goons to swing-state bell-ringing duty)

    08/02/2012 9:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 2, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The president of the AFL-CIO is worried that President Obama is doing poorly among white, working class, male voters -- and he plans on putting 400,000 of his troops in the field in six key states to change the equation. Recent polls show the president doing poorly with white males with less than a college education. Mitt Romney leads the president among white males voters by more than 2-to-1 in a recent Washington Post poll, with the president favored by only 28 percent of this demographic group. Other polls show similar results. Republicans have won a majority of white males'...
  • Trumka: Big Labor to Push Dems and GOP to Adopt ‘Second Bill of Rights’

    07/17/2012 12:25:18 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 77 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 17, 2012 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Americans have a “right” to full employment, housing, health care, collective bargaining and protection against old age, sickness and unemployment, according to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Trumka says Big Labor intends to push both the Democratic Party and the GOP to adopt what he called “The Second Bill of Rights” at presidential nominating conventions this summer. “America’s Second Bill of Rights is a broad-based statement of what the American people need and what they deserve. If some of it sounds redundant, it is because we once took many of these rights for granted,” Trumka said last Thursday at the National...
  • Big Labor gives Obama, Democrats big cold shoulder with alternate convention

    07/12/2012 2:20:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 12, 2012 | Michelle Fields
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his union will not be at the Democratic convention, “do[es] not intend to put any money into the convention” and will be hosting its own convention — without Obama. Speaking in Washington, D.C., Trumka said the labor group “will not be doing extravagant events” at this year’s convention like “we’ve done in the past.” Instead of giving money to the Obama campaign and Democrats they are focusing on their own event that rivals the Democratic convention. The event, called “Workers Stand for America” will be held on August 11 in Philadelphia. “We will...
  • Go Figure… Richard Trumka: Rightwing Uses “Freedom” to “Dupe Public” [Union Thug]

    07/04/2012 11:55:51 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka celebrates Independence Day today by bashing freedom. The Examiner reported: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a 4th of July-themed column in the Huffington Post musing on the word freedom and how it is interpreted by the Republican Party. His conclusion is that they use the word to con people. Let’s call this right-wing “freedom” catch phrase what it really is: a grossly political strategy to dupe the public, which holds the word “freedom” as something sacred.
  • AFL-CIO Pulling Funds From Obama Campaign

    06/13/2012 10:35:25 AM PDT · by kristinn · 43 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama. The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president's failure to show in Wisconsin last week, where labor unions led a failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker. "We wanted to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy," AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein told Whispers....
  • AFL-CIO chief dismisses regrets in Wisconsin recall

    06/06/2012 3:15:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 6/6/12 | Michael O'Brien
    With the labor movement reeling from the result of Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sought to downplay the significance of Gov. Scott Walker's victory over a union-driven effort to unseat him. Trumka, the leader of one of the nation's largest labor groups, dismissed the notion that unions might look back upon their unsuccessful campaign against Walker with regret."We didn't decide on this recall. It was the workers in Wisconsin and the voters in Wisconsin who did," he said on a conference call with reporters. "Hell, I don't know if we'd do anything differently."
  • Beyond Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 12:23:51 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 26 replies
    Via Email ^ | Wed 6/6/2012 6:48 AM | Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO
    Dear XXXX, A year and a half ago, Gov. Scott Walker and his friends in the Senate forced through an extremist anti-worker agenda that divided the state. Last night, Wisconsin took back its Senate. While Gov. Walker remains in office after being only the third governor in American history subjected to the humiliation of a recall, his divisive agenda has been stopped cold. Though Walker was shielded with a flood of secret corporate cash, Wisconsin made its voice heard. While we came closer to recalling Walker than many expected, we ended up coming just short. The work we did together...
  • Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on So-called “JOBS Act”

    03/22/2012 4:22:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 2 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | March 22, 2012 | Richard Trumka
    With millions of Americans out of work, the Senate voted 73-26 to pass the so-called “JOBS Act” today. The bill, however, will do nothing to create good jobs and stabilize the U.S. economy. Instead, it will deregulate Wall Street – voiding investor protections put in place after Enron and the 2008 financial crisis to protect the retirement savings of America’s workers from fraud and other risks.One amendment, sponsored by Senators Merkley and Bennet, did pass and was included in the bill. While the amendment will add some investor protections, it is not sufficient to counterbalance the vast harm that the...
  • AFL-CIO chief Trumka rejects White House jobs council report

    01/18/2012 11:44:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Kevin Bogardus
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Wednesday offered a stinging rebuke of the the White House jobs council’s latest report. Trumka, one of two union leaders on the council, said the body is too narrow to provide recommendations to President Obama that are balanced between the interests of business and other groups such as labor. He specifically took issue with the report’s calls for lower corporate taxes and fewer regulations, saying they would not lead to more jobs. “Overall, I disagree that reforming our regulatory system and reducing the statutory corporate tax rate are crucial elements of ‘competitiveness’ for the United...
  • Union chief: Congress controlled by 'climate change deniers'

    01/12/2012 12:29:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ben Geman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that climate change deniers call the shots in Congress. “[I]t is clear that as long as Congress is effectively controlled by climate change deniers, all of us — investors, companies, workers and the broader public — must take action ourselves,” Trumka said. In a wide-ranging speech in New York at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions, Trumka made the case for creating jobs with the build-out of low-carbon infrastructure. He said the collapse of global warming legislation has prompted the labor federation to seek other means to spur investments in...
  • How To Win Power by Selling Out Your Own Union (Clarice's Pieces)

    01/08/2012 10:51:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 8, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    From an historian's point of view, one could do worse than studying the United Mine Workers of America. It is a microcosm of the American Labor Movement. It is a startling picture of the role of individuals in the making of American history. It is the story of how a once powerful institution's leaders repeatedly sold out its members as the nation drifted from large scale industrial production of power and goods to being a producer of private and public services . Finally, not least, it is a story of breathtaking betrayal of working men by a man who used...
  • Union Bosses Win, Ohio Workers Get Fired

    12/06/2011 9:55:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | Jason Hart
    One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, and evil Republicans, convincing voters to overlook a broken status quo.A month later, how are local governments celebrating the union victory on Issue 2?Middletown is laying off 9 firefighters, despite the city’s police and fire budgets both increasing by nearly 1/3 in the past decade. In Hamilton, a $5.9 million death tax haul will delay the inevitable: Inflation coupled with...
  • Alabama's immigration law: Jim Crow revisited

    11/17/2011 11:49:11 AM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | November 17, 2011 | Martin Luther King III and Richard Trumka, Special to CNN
    Editor's note: Martin Luther King III is president and chief executive officer of The King Center in Atlanta. Richard Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO. (CNN) -- It is one of the painful ironies of our time that in the same season Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory is finally honored with a memorial in our nation's capital, the state where he began to lead the civil rights movement is once more the center of an ugly conflict over racial injustice. The passage of Alabama's anti-immigrant legislation, HB 56, invokes inhumanity reminiscent of the Jim Crow South. And the police state...
  • Obama council makes urgent plea for jobs measures (BURF Alert!! Think 'infrastructure'.)

    10/10/2011 7:02:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/10/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Decrying the human toll of the nation's economic and financial crisis, a group of corporate and labor leaders advising President Barack Obama is calling for sweeping and urgent changes in government policies, from liberalized immigration and less restrictive regulations to a more business friendly tax system and greater spending on infrastructure. In tackling the nation's economic crisis and its stubborn 9.1 percent unemployment rate, the president's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is putting the names of some of the country's top corporate CEOs as well as the head of the AFL-CIO behind proposed initiatives and policy overhauls...
  • Does the AFL-CIO support union violence? Trumka spokesman deflects question, blames Breitbart

    09/26/2011 10:26:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/26/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The AFL-CIO labor union appears, at least theoretically, to support violence and vandalism when union members use those tactics in the interest of furthering ''legitimate union activity.'' Last week, top AFL-CIO lawyer Jonathan D. Newman attempted to file an amicus brief in federal court after local union officials in Buffalo, N.Y. were charged with several acts of violence. The Buffalo News reports that members of Operating Engineers Local 17 are charged with pouring sand into construction vehicles’ engines, stabbing a company executive in the neck, tossing hot coffee at non-union workers and threatening to sexually assault the wife of a
  • Is Union Support Eroding for Obama, Democrats?

    09/21/2011 9:49:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 20, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    The Democratic National Convention next August will be held in Charlotte. It's a city without a single union hotel. And it's located in a Right to Work state, North Carolina. Union officials and partisans understandably don't like this. Yet the party's choice of convention site can be seen as a symbol for a larger growing rift between the party and the unions. Though the idea of two going their separate ways might strike many as unfathomable, union leaders really don't have anywhere else to go. And most members vote reliably Democratic. Yet in the wake of the party's 2010...
  • Trumka: Anti-labor board bill would gut worker protections, hurt economy

    09/12/2011 3:37:07 PM PDT · by maggief · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2011 | Kevin Bogardus
    Worker protections would be gutted under a GOP bill expected to be voted on in the House this week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka charged Monday. The labor chief said the legislation, which would curb the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) legal authority, was part of a concerted campaign to undermine the labor movement this year. Unions, which are traditional allies of the Democratic Party, have come under frequent attack in and outside Washington since the 2010 elections. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), would prohibit the NLRB from ordering a company to relocate its employment. It comes in...
  • VIGILANTE UNIONS IN WA STATE "JUST GETTING STARTED"

    09/10/2011 7:51:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Soda Head ^ | September 10, 2011
    Top AFL-CIO union chief Richard Trumka -- President Barack Obama's guest of honor at his speech to Congress Thursday night -- urged Obama to "go to the mat" for Big Labor. Of course, Obama hasn't been shy about doing just that for the last three years. Trumka just wants more, more, more. Obama's "jobs" proposal appears to be full of it -- more special deals and bailouts for the union hierarchy. And unsurprisingly, Obama made no mention of the Boeing jobs in South Carolina the Acting General Counsel of his National Labor Relations Board is trying to destroy. Meanwhile, Big...
  • Repulsive: Richard Trumka's Hyper-Political 9/11 Essay

    09/10/2011 12:29:29 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/9/11 | Guy Benson
    As you read this 9/11 "memorial" missive to rank-and-file union members, bear in mind that its author -- AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka -- was an honored presidential guest at last night's campaign rally disguised as a "jobs speech." This is much, much more offensive than Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s juvenile "SOB's" slur on Monday. Without further ado, I present top White House ally Richard Trumka's reflections on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 (emphasis mine): All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselves—family members, union brothers and sisters—or...
  • Caption Trumka

    09/09/2011 2:06:28 PM PDT · by crosshairs · 61 replies
  • Sept. 11, 2011: A Day to Commit to Activism [Tear this to shreds!]

    09/09/2011 10:12:27 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 23 replies
    AFL-CIO website | Richard Trumka, Union Mafioso
    A Message from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselves—family members, union brothers and sisters—or felt the shock of a society that lost nearly 3,000 people and was forever changed, we need no reminding. Instead, I would like to reflect on doors that were opened on Sept. 11, 2001, and what has come of them in the 10 years since. Working men and women rushed through doors to danger and became America’s everyday heroes. Firefighters, construction workers, nurses and EMTs—all kinds of professionals...
  • Trumka's 9/11 Message: "Extremist" Right-Wingers "Opened Door to Hate

    09/09/2011 10:05:16 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 25 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/9/11 | Aurelius
    ...Instead, disgraced AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka uses September 11 as a jumping board in order to bash conservatives. At the beginning of his message, he devotes a few fleeting paragraphs on "opened doors," but then his rambling prose quickly devolves into a swamp of lies and hatred. For example, if you talk to any conservative, he or she has endless respect for those who lost their lives on September 11, particularly those who rushed into buildings in order to help those in need. Not true, declares Trumka! Instead, he writes: [D]espite our vows, the public servants, construction workers and others...
  • Obama's Guest List Offers Clues To His Themes [jobs speech]

    09/08/2011 12:01:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    NPR.org ^ | 8 Sept 2011 | Mark Memmot
    The White House just put out the list for President Obama's jobs-focused address this evening. Those who will be in the gallery with first lady Michelle Obama include: — Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. He's chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. So look for Obama to again stress the importance of technology, research and development. — Steve Case, who co-founded America Online and is, the White House says, "one of America's most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists." He fills the "American can-do/entrepreneurial spirit" slot. — Darline Miller, CEO of Permac Industries, a Minnesota company that makes "precision...
  • AFL-CIO Head Sees No Short-Term Debt Crisis, Calls for More Jobs Spending

    09/01/2011 2:58:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 31, 2011 | Matt Cover
    The United States does not have a short-term debt problem, just a “jobs crisis” that can be solved with greater government stimulus spending, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Speaking at a press conference on jobs Wednesday, Trumka called for greater government spending in areas like education and jobs. Asked whether such spending was responsible in an era of record federal debt and deficits, he replied that “the United States doesn’t have a short-term debt crisis, it has a short-term jobs crisis.” The head of the nation’s largest labor union organization then compared increased federal deficit spending to mortgages or...
  • Will the Democrats Trump Trumka

    08/28/2011 11:47:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 28, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    Things rarely turn out the way I would have imagined them to, and President Obama and the Democrats might soon find that to be true of AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka. I sure did. As a young lawyer with a few years experience working for the Appellate division of the NLRB, I was asked to join with Joe Rauh and Joseph A ("Chip") Yablonski in representing Chip's dad, "Jock" Yablonski, who was engaged in a rare and difficult fight for leadership of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), then under the leadership of a corrupt man named Tony Boyle. After...
  • NLRB chairwoman departs; Uncertainty and political fights loom for labor panel

    08/27/2011 1:47:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2011 | Ben Geman
    The departing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board won praise from the nation’s biggest labor group Saturday as she leaves a panel that’s facing key vacancies and an uncertain future. NLRB Chairwoman Wilma B. Liebman’s leaves the board after her term ends at midnight Saturday. She has served on the body for nearly 14 years after an initial appointment under President Bill Clinton. The White House has designated NLRB member Mark Gaston Pearce to replace Liebman as chairman. In addition to Liebman’s tenure ending, NLRB member Craig Becker’s term expires at the end of the year. Without new people...
  • Unions splitting from Democrats in 2012, Trumka says

    08/25/2011 2:07:07 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/25/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Unions splitting from Democrats in 2012, Trumka says Share Tweet posted at 4:05 pm on August 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey printer-friendly The media likes to push the notion that the Republican Party will split in two because of the Tea Party, but they may have missed a real split on the other side of the aisle. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka announced the creation of a union super-PAC that will “build our own structure” rather than “build structures for others.” And by “others,” Trumka means the Democratic Party: The growing rift between labor and their Democratic allies was on full...
  • Obama‘s Union Buddy Trumka Says Tea Party Is Actually Trying To Destroy America

    08/08/2011 1:24:19 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 36 replies
    Obama‘s Union Buddy Trumka Says Tea Party Is Actually Trying To Destroy America’s Government And That is Super Hard For The President To Deal With http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obamas-union-buddy-trumka-says-tea-party-is-actually-trying-to-destroy-americas-government-and-that-is-super-hard-for-the-president-to-deal-with/
  • Video: Trumka – We Give Dems 25% of Their Total Votes

    07/11/2011 9:25:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 7/11/11 | John
    I guess this isn’t shocking news in any way, but it is interesting to seem the head of the AFL-CIO put it so bluntly: If you listened to the rest of the clip you probably loved, as I did, the part where Trumka explains that nations around the world are promising people free health care and generous retirement benefits. I assume he means Europe, but has he seen the news lately in England or Greece or Spain or Portugal? Apparently not.