Posts Tagged ‘AFL-CIO’

Feb
2016
19

HIT Will Build Its 1,000th Housing Unit in St. Paul Following $27 Million Union Pension Investment

HIT Will Build Its 1,000th Housing Unit in St. Paul Following $27 Million Union Pension Investment
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $27.7 million investment in a St. Paul, Minnesota development called 333 on the Park. The project will transform an aging eight-story office building into 134 market rate units.  The investment will create 190 union construction jobs as well as 435 total jobs among various business…
Feb
2016
5

KY Judge Overturns One Local “Right-to-Work” Law; Labor Prays Precedent Will Prevail Elsewhere

KY Judge Overturns One Local
  A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that Hardin County’s attempt to create a local “Right-to-Work” law is illegal, despite the fact that the state government gave local legislators increased powers in 2014.  The lawsuit was brought forward by nine AFL-CIO unions.  According to U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, only state…
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Jan
2016
5

MO GOP Hedges on “Right-to-Work” but Labor’s Message is Clear: We Support Who Supports Us

MO GOP Hedges on
  A recent interview with Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson leaves the question of “Right-to-Work” somewhat unanswered for 2016.  Last year, “Right-to-Work” failed to gain enough support to override a veto from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  Despite a GOP super majority in both chambers, the divisive nature of…
Dec
2015
17

$300M in Union Pension Investments Set to Boost Affordable Housing in NY Area

  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a partnership with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the New York City Central Labor Council, and a coalition of unions, churches, and developers known as the United Clergy Task Force (UCTF) to invest $300 million in affordable housing, community…
Nov
2015
30

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced $30 million of pension fund investment into Detroit’s Neighborhood Home Repair program. The work associated with the investment will employ union workers to renovate up to 300 blighted homes across the city and expand local apprenticeship, thus kickstarting careers for the local…
Sep
2015
25

Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering Bill Unites Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO

Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering Bill Unites Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO
  Ohio Ballot Issue 1, a plan to create fair redistricting and prevent gerrymandering, is enjoying bipartisan support and even making strange bedfellows in the Buckeye State.  Criss-crossing the state in support of the measure are two former state lawmakers, Republican Matt Huffman (from Lima) and Democrat Vernon Sykes (from Akron), who are…
Sep
2015
21

AFL-CIO Report: 2015 Represents Biggest Collective Bargaining Expansion in Modern History

AFL-CIO Report: 2015 Represents Biggest Collective Bargaining Expansion in Modern History
  A new report from the AFL-CIO’s Center for Strategic Research shows that in the first half of the year working people have earned major victories, marking the most expansive period of collective bargaining in modern labor history.  An estimated 5 million American workers have bargained for new contracts, the report asserts.  The wages…
Aug
2015
19

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades President: “We Have a Driver Fatigue Crisis”

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades President:
  Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that the Tracy Morgan car crash which killed one passenger was caused by speed and driver fatigue. The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) has responded with an official statement saying the findings should act as a “wake up call for federal regulators.”   The…
Aug
2015
10

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant
  In a recent op-ed for The Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argues that demanding guestworker reform is, in fact, pro-immigrant.  As the debate on immigration continues on its path to nowhere, special interests are attempting to convince the public that the desire to reform broken visa programs is an anti-worker stance. But…
Aug
2015
6

Opening Arguments Begin in KY’s Precedent-Setting, County-Level “Right-to-Work” Fight

Opening Arguments Begin in KY's Precedent-Setting, County-Level
  In Kentucky, a federal judge will decide the fate of county-level “Right-to-Work” laws, a move necessary following the decision by 12 counties to pass local versions of what has traditionally been a state-level law.  On Tuesday in Louisville, Judge David Hale heard opening arguments from labor lawyers and one county’s attorney….
Jul
2015
8

AFL-CIO Puts 25,000,000 Union Pension Dollars to Work for Low-Income Tenants in OR

AFL-CIO Puts 25,000,000 Union Pension Dollars to Work for Low-Income Tenants in OR
  In Portland, Oregon, an age-restricted housing complex for lower income individuals will be modernized thanks to an investment from the AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT).  HIT announced $25.9 million of union and public pension funds would be going into the rehabilitation of the Westmoreland Union Manor so that all of it’s…
May
2015
5

AFL-CIO’s Annual “Death on the Job” Report Highlights Risks for Latino Workers

AFL-CIO's Annual
  On May 1st, International Workers Day, the AFL-CIO released its annual Death on the Job Report detailing fatalities in the workplace.  The report estimates that the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 has now saved 510,000 American lives.  Yet, while workplace safety has greatly improved, far too many workers still…