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Worth the Fight: Archived Posts

Middle Class Fall Tied Directly to Union Decline

More than one-third of the decline in the middle class during the past 30 years is explained by the decline in union coverage, a new study reveals.

Michael Byrne |

AFL-CIO Sees Positive Movement on Wages

Working people last year won significant victories in efforts to improve wages and working conditions, reports the AFL-CIO in a new study.

Clyde Weiss |

My Name is Stephanie

What you need to know: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Anti-Worker Case

Must read Q&A about a U.S. Supreme Court course that could undermine the right of workers to negotiate together for better wages and benefits to sustain their families.

More Evidence of Shrinking Middle Class

Another study points to the “hollowing of the American middle class,” a cautionary note to policy makers who want to curtail workers’ ability to improve their conditions through unions.

Clyde Weiss |

Attorneys Address Challenges Facing Public-Sector Workers

Lawyers for AFSCME and SEIU came together recently to strategize about challenges threatening workers’ rights.

Clyde Weiss |

Communities Deserve Services, Not Schemes

Government deals with big banks to fund social services are bad news: They lack transparency, assign risk to the public and show no evidence of making services better and more efficient.

Omar Tewfik |

Perez: Unions Essential for ‘Upward Mobility and Economic Security’

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, commenting on recent contract ratifications by members of United Auto Workers, called collective bargaining “one of our most powerful forces for upward mobility and economic security.”

Clyde Weiss |

Women Describe Path Forward for Unions

In an extraordinary conversation, AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders sat with the leaders of three of the country’s largest unions, discussing solidarity, the fight for public workers, rights and the might of sisterhood.

Michael Byrne |

Women Need Economy that Works for Everyone

The gender wage gap may be closing, but that’s not necessarily good news, the Economic Policy Institute says. Wages for women are stagnant and men’s wages have been falling.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Take Action on Friedrichs this Week: Stop the Attacks

This week, join fellow AFSCME sisters and brothers and working people across the country to say enough is enough! Sign the petition!

Omar Tewfik |

Documentary Film Shows Threat to ‘Right to Unite’

Watch the trailer for “The Right to Unite,” narrated by Bradley Whitford, known for his role on The West Wing. The clip tells the story of 2 women, whose lives were destroyed by a Supreme Court ruling that limited their workers’ rights.

Pablo Ros |

Taking Time to Honor Those Who Care by Fixing Our Long-Term Care Crisis

Homecare is the fastest growing industry in the country. Every day, 10,000 people in this country turn 65—but even as the need for long-term care increases daily, the work of homecare providers remains undervalued and under appreciated.

UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, the Homecare Providers Union |

How 100 CEOs Equal 50 Million Families

Shocking new study shows the top 100 CEOs have as much retirement assets as 41 percent of all American families.

Clyde Weiss |

The Anti-Worker Forces Behind a U.S. Supreme Court Case

The American Prospect magazine article reports on the corporate-backed, anti-worker forces behind a US Supreme Court case.

Clyde Weiss |

Corporations Want to Silence Workers’ Voices. We Won’t Let Them

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up a case in January called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association that could open the door to a full-fledged attack on workers’ rights.

Laura Reyes |

How Latinos Can Reinvigorate the Labor Movement

A new report from the Labor Council from Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) declares that “Latinos are perfectly positioned to join unions in large numbers.”

Pablo Ros |

High Poverty Rate a Distress Call for More Worker Rights

Poverty remains an unchanged fact in this country. A new report shows that, despite our nation’s economic recovery, the rate of poverty remains unacceptably high.

Pablo Ros |

Pope Francis: Standing Up for Worker Justice

As Pope Francis prepares to visit the United States this week, let’s remember his message of support for working people across the globe. Here are some favorite quotes.

John Noonan |

Study: Unions Boost Economic Mobility

People climb the economic ladder easier where unions are strong, says a new study by the Center for American Progress.

Clyde Weiss |
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