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Worth the Fight: Archived Posts

CLUW Has Questions, and Solutions, on Women’s Health

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is calling on women to complete a brief survey on what health information they need and the social media networks in which they participate.

Joye Barksdale |

Gallup Poll: ‘Americans Want Unions’

6 out of every 10 Americans now supports labor unions – a phenomenal five-point jump over the previous year. That’s the latest from a Gallup poll showing that during the past year, Americans’ approval of unions skyrocketed to its highest point in 7 years.

Clyde Weiss |

Women Still Fighting for Voting Rights

It is hard to believe that – on the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the vote – women are still fighting for the right to cast their ballots unhindered by restrictive voter ID laws.

Clyde Weiss |

Here's to 80 Years of Social Security -- and at Least 80 More

Social Security is a major source of income for most of the seniors in this country; 9 out of 10 individuals older than 65 receive Social Security retirement payments. It’s one of our most beloved government institutions.

Lee Saunders |

(Corporate) America’s Embarrassing Income Gap

In yet another sign that rising income inequality is unsettling our nation, the SEC ruled that starting in 2017 most publicly traded companies must identify and disclose how much CEOs make relative to the median salary of rank-and-file employees.

Omar Tewfik |

Why Doesn’t it Feel Like a Recovery?

Once again, our economy is slowly adding more jobs. About 215,000 more people were added to the job rolls in July, but it’s just not good enough to lower the unemployment rate, which is still too high.

Olivia Sandbothe |

How Rich People Haunt You

In a fascinating new article for The Nation magazine, Mike Konczal, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, writes about a legal method the very wealthy can use to keep the IRS away from money they leave to their heirs.

Clyde Weiss |

Voting Rights Act at 50 Needs Restoration

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, Aug. 6, we must recommit to the founding principle that made this country free – the right to vote.

Clyde Weiss |

VIDEO: Bad Bosses Working Overtime

AFSCME’s new video puts these bad-boss ideas promoted by candidates for President into the context of bad bosses we know and hate in modern culture. Why are these rich politicians picking on American workers anyway?

Michael Byrne |

AFSCME’s Enemies Look to the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case with the potential to make “right-to-work” the law of the land in the public sector and undermine workers’ right to collectively bargain over wages, benefits and working conditions.

Black Women: Labor Resource in Waiting

Black women join unions at higher rates than all other women, yet they are “the most underutilized leadership resource in the U.S. labor movement,” says a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies.

Joye Barksdale |

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: A Tale of Two States

Now that he’s officially running for President, it’s important to look across the border to Minnesota in order to understand just how disastrous Scott Walker has been for Wisconsin’s economy.

Dave Patterson |

A Little Spark in Jobs for the Fourth

The U.S. economy continues to show signs of improvement, even as wages remain stagnant. Aside from another positive report on job growth, workers could cheer Pres. Obama’s announcement this week that more workers will be able to qualify for overtime pay.

Olivia Sandbothe |

ALEC Wants to Indoctrinate High School Students

ALEC, the corporate front for right-wing “model” state legislation such as the right-to-work scam, is now working to politically indoctrinate America’s young people with a high school graduation requirement that promotes its extremist views.

Omar Tewfik |

Governor Walker’s War on Higher Education

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s anti-worker governor, seems eager to weaken vital public services and important institutions in his state, even if they exist to provide a better future for Wisconsin’s youth.

Omar Tewfik |

Cost of Outsourcing Keeps Going Up

The push to outsource vital government services has resulted in failed experiments that lower the quality of services at a higher cost - and communities are forced to shoulder a higher cost to insource the services after the profiteers pull out.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Celebrating Pride Month: LGBT Rights and Respect

AFSCME joins in the celebration of Pride Month, affirming that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – like all Americans – are entitled to respect and dignity, and the equal protection under our laws.

Clyde Weiss |

New Jobs Encouraging, But Wages Still Stagnant

The addition of 280,000 jobs in May shows an economy on the upswing, but today’s report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics includes very disappointing numbers on wages, which rose only 2.3 percent from a year earlier.

Erick Sanchez |

Poll: Americans Want Action to Close Income Gap

According to a new poll, the deepening chasm between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else is a problem that needs to be addressed now, and government should play a greater role in solving the problem.

Clyde Weiss |

VIDEO: Strong Unions Strengthen Economy

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich knows that in order to have a strong economy that works for everyone. Watch the seventh of 10 videos with ideas about how to strengthen the American economy.

Michael Byrne |
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