Today's AFL-CIO Press Clips

MUST WATCH

The Union Advantage on Infrastructure Projects

Bloomberg TV

July 29, 2021

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Bloomberg TV to discuss the union advantage on infrastructure projects.

MUST READ

ESG investors press companies for fairer labor polices

Roll Call

By By Keith Lewis

July 29, 2021

“Responsible investors understand the importance of respecting the rights of working people to come together into unions,” Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, said in an emailed statement. “If we are going to have sustainable economic growth, we need to restore balance to our economy between runaway CEO pay and stagnating worker wages.”  

 

JOINING TOGETHER

17,000 University of California Researchers Could Soon Win a Union

Jacobin

By Oren Schweitzer

July 29, 2021

University of California student researchers have announced they have union authorization cards from a super-majority of 17,000 researchers throughout the UC system — one of the largest union drives in recent US history. We spoke to three of the researchers about why they want a union.

Google Contract Workers Win First Labor Deal After Nearly 2 Years Of Negotiations

WESA

By An-Li Herring

July 29, 2021

Nearly two years after unionizing, contract workers based at Google’s Bakery Square office have ratified their first labor contract. In a 51-4 vote tallied Wednesday night, employees of HCL America approved the agreement, ending an unfair labor practices claim against the company that had been pending before the National Labor Relations Board. “We’re super proud that we were able to achieve this contract — it’s a fair contract,” said Amanda Parks, a senior analyst at HCL who was involved in the bargaining process. “The wage increases and job security that we’ll be enjoying has definitely made the past two years more than worth it.”

Women’s soccer union launches #NoMoreSideHustles campaign urging better pay for players

Kansas City Star

By Cora Hall

July 29, 2021

The NWSL currently has a minimum player salary of $22,000 per year. According to the players’ union, the NWSL Players Association (NWSLPA), a third of its members make the league minimum. And 75% make $31,000 or less. Last week, the union, which Averbuch West founded in 2017, kicked off an awareness campaign called #NoMoreSideHustles. Players across the league shared stories similar to those related by Jenkins and Averbuch West, who started her own business and remains an entrepreneur.

IN THE STATES

Union members rally in support of PRO act

Fox 22

By Melissa Falcone

July 29, 2021

Activists rallied at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building early Thursday to urge Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Independent Sen. Angus King to support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, also known as the PRO Act. People at the rally said this would strengthen workers’ freedom and provide better protection. Public data shows that about half of workers would form a union today if they could. Andy O’Brien, director of Maine AFL-CIO, said he is in favor of the PRO Act. “The PRO Act is essential to guarantee workers the basic freedom to organize in the workplace that will strengthen workers freedom to form unions and penalize employers who routinely break the law,” he said.

Unions Claim Wins as 2021 Special Legislative Session Concludes

Workday Minnesota

By Steve Share

July 29, 2021

Most notably, the legislature agreed to direct $250 million in federal funds to support essential workers who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, however, should be seen only as a first step, maintained the Minnesota AFL-CIO. “Countless working Minnesotans across multiple sectors and in every corner of our state put themselves in harm’s way for more than a year, many going without pay when forced to quarantine at home,” said Bill McCarthy, Minnesota AFL-CIO president. “These workers, many of whom continue to face racial and economic disparities on top of pandemic stress, need to be made whole for the extraordinary work they do and the sacrifices they made.”