As I discussed yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s Constitutional Convention in LA this week began with a lot of buzz about proposals that progressive groups that were not labor organizations might be invited to affiliate with the AFL-CIO. A number of union leaders expressed both practical and principled objections to such a tie-up. Practical, because there were times when their interests diverged – as when the Sierra Club and the construction unions clashed over the XL pipeline.
Along with the outreach to alt-labor groups I discussed yesterday, the AFL-CIO Convention delegates have been weighing ways to form tighter associations with progressive groups like the NAACP, La Raza, the Sierra Club, the National Organization of Women, and others. In politics, these organizations frequently find themselves confronting the same movement conservatives.
This week witnesses thousands of trade unionists and labor activists assembling in Los Angeles for the 27th Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO. With union membership continuing to decline, the federation has been seeking new approaches to advocate for American workers.
The fast food workers who walked off the job today to call for fair wages have very few cards in their hand. They don’t have strong, established unions in place to represent them. They don’t have scarce job skills that make it difficult to replace them. They don’t occupy strategically critical points in the economy to force powerful interests to accommodate them.
Here's what the U.S. bishops suggest.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt as the last major piece of New Deal legislation. The Fair Labor Standards Act established the federal minimum wage and required premium pay for overtime work.
For centuries the Church has taught that our property rights are not absolute but carry with them social obligations to all of mankind. In the modern age the Church has repeatedly instructed the faithful of the need to regulate market transactions in the service of the common good, and of the importance of intermediate associations like labor organizations in securing justice for working people...
The budget deal may send the rich empty away, but will it fill the hungry with good things?
The Hostess collapse has attracted an extraordinary quantity of news coverage. Free-market apologists have blamed the union for the bankruptcy because workers struck the company rather than accept a second massive round of concessions (following on $110 million in givebacks in 2009).