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#BelieveSurvivors

Thu, 2018-09-27 14:41
#BelieveSurvivors AFL-CIO

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared her story with the Senate Judiciary Committee today, working women and men across the country are demanding that justice be served. Willfully disregarding Brett Kavanaugh’s egregious record and alleged behavior, Senate Republicans are sprinting to place him on the highest court in the land. We’re fighting back, demanding a nominee that meets the standard we should expect from the Supreme Court.

Brett Kavanaugh poses a fundamental threat to the integrity of the Supreme Court, and the Senate has a responsibility to reject his nomination.

Kavanaugh was hand-picked to advance the demands of a few corporate interests. We are refusing to allow those elites to further infiltrate and undermine our public institutions.

What’s more, to place our rights and freedoms in the hands of an accused sexual predator would represent a stunning betrayal of working people.

Americans across the country are coming forward in solidarity with Dr. Ford and all survivors of sexual assault. Be a part of this fight, and make your voice heard. Call your senators at 1-844-899-9913. Tell them to believe survivors—and to reject Brett Kavanaugh.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/27/2018 - 14:41

​Regulating from Below: How Front-Line Bank Workers Can Help Fix the Financial Industry

Thu, 2018-09-27 10:06
​Regulating from Below: How Front-Line Bank Workers Can Help Fix the Financial Industry

Ten years after risky practices at our largest banks wreaked havoc on the global economy, we face a financial sector that, despite some reforms, remains broken in fundamental ways.

Wall Street has beat back many of the kinds of structural changes that happened after the Great Depression, and the reforms that have happened in the United States are rapidly being undermined by the Donald Trump administration. Banking scandals still abound—from Wells Fargo to Santander to Bank of America to Deutsche Bank. Consumers are encouraged to take on more debt than they can bear. Trust in the banking system remains dreadfully low while opacity of the financial system is near an all-time high.

In the wake of the 2008 crash, there was a renewed intensity by regulators and central banks to stop the bleeding caused by the banks’ irresponsible behavior, but that coordination has slipped away while power in the sector has concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer banks and corporations.

The public is right to sound the alarm.

Strengthening oversight of the financial system is necessary. Regulations are the guardrails that keep our global banking system from veering off course and into crisis. But while these rules are critical, they are stronger when paired with unions.

Unionization in the financial sector—the norm in nearly all advanced economies, except for the United States—provides a way to “strengthen financial regulation” from the ground up. Unions are a countervailing force against the worst tendencies of the financial sector, in part by guaranteeing that pay schemes are not driven by the extreme sales pressure and unfair performance metrics.

UNI Global Union has worked with finance unions around the world for many years to develop the best practices in this area, and many unions have negotiated what are called “sales and advice” clauses in their agreements to stop predatory Wells Fargo- and Santander-esque practices. In Italy, unions have a national, sector-wide agreement to rein in the high-pressure sales goals that harmed millions of consumers in the United States.

The Nordic unions provide another example. The Nordic Financial Unions have input into nearly all aspects of banks’ changing business practices and financial regulation through dialogue with global authorities. This cooperation exists because management sees the long-term benefit of partnering with unions for the bank, for workers and for consumers.  

Dialogue and partnership are especially important as banks that were “too big to fail” have grown even bigger. Through a cycle of constant mergers and acquisitions, global financial institutions have gotten bigger, more powerful and harder to regulate. Worker voices must be integrated into corporate governance of financial institutions to provide a backstop against abuses.

The importance of workers’ involvement in finding solutions to problems in our financial system cannot be stressed enough, given that executive decisions at systemically important banks easily affect the economy and our daily lives. This inclusion relies on an environment and culture in which workers are managed through respect and not fear, with protection against unfair dismissal and retaliation, will foster the trust and security required for workers to speak out against egregious practices  

Several large banks taking steps in the right direction by signing agreements with UNI to ensure that bank workers have the right to organize without the opposition and hostility common in the United States.   

Most recently BNP Paribas signed a Global Agreement with UNI that goes beyond the right to organize and also sets standards on paid maternity leave and insurance for its 200,000 employees around the world. 

In the United States, there are virtually no front-line bank employees protected by the kinds of collective bargaining agreements that have helped pump the breaks on abuses in other countries.

That is why U.S. bank workers have joined together to collectively speak out against questionable practices—exposing those that are risky, detrimental and fraudulent—and succeeded in challenging some of the industry’s vilest practices.

UNI Global Union-Finance and affiliates, such as the CONTRAF-CUT (Brazil), the NFU, La Bancaria (Argentina), the Communications Workers of America (CWA), along with the Committee for Better Banks, also have launched a global campaign for “regulation from below.” It puts workers’ voices and workers’ rights at the forefront of creating a healthier world financial system.

We know that “regulations from above” can and do work. In the U.S., Glass-Steagall, Dodd-Frank and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have curbed banks’ ability to game the system and hurt working people.

A multinational coalition of bank workers standing together to help fix the financial industry can help re-ignite the global approach needed to bring trust to our banking system.

Banks and other large financial institutions must act responsibly and be accountable when they do not. Governments must have their feet held to the fire to enforce, enhance and defend protections against unethical banking practices.

That’s something that workers united, and unafraid to speak out, are well positioned to do.

This post comes on the heels of a new report, authored by UNI Finance and the AFL-CIO, with support by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung New York, titled Tipping the Balance: Collective Action by Finance Workers Creates ‘Regulation from Below.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:06

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Justin Nelson

Thu, 2018-09-27 08:50
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Justin Nelson AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Texas attorney general candidate Justin Nelson.

Here are some of the key reasons why Nelson is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

To learn more about Justin Nelson, visit his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:50

Tags: Elections 2018

Enjoy the Best of Oktoberfest with Ethical Brews and Bites

Thu, 2018-09-27 07:43
Enjoy the Best of Oktoberfest with Ethical Brews and Bites AFL-CIO

The salt will be plentiful and the steins will be full. Get ready for the bubbly, savory and salty sensations of Oktoberfest! The much-loved holiday officially lasts from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7 in Munich, but here in the United States, some of us choose to feast on the ’fest into November. And this Friday is National Drink Beer Day! Regardless of the calendar, Labor 411 has the seasonal and ethical brews to make your celebration that much more delicious. When you buy the products made by these manufacturers who treat their workers fairly, you’ll be supporting good middle-class jobs.

Seasonal Beer

  • Dundee Oktoberfest
  • Goose Island Oktoberfest
  • Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest
  • Mad River Brewer’s Secret
  • Mendocino Brewing Engine 45 Pumpkin Ale
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch
  • Schell’s
  • Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
  • Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale
  • Stegmaier Oktoberfest

Bratwurst

  • Boar’s Head
  • Koegel’s
  • Saag’s
  • Wenzel’s Farm Sausage

Sauerkraut

  • Claussen
  • Thumann’s
  • Vlasic

Mustard

  • French’s
  • Gulden’s
  • Heinz
  • Thumann’s

Pretzels

  • Rold Gold
  • Snyders of Berlin

This post originally appeared at Labor 411.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/27/2018 - 07:43

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Dora Cervantes

Tue, 2018-09-25 12:29
National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Dora Cervantes IAM

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have contributed to our movement. Today's profile covers Dora Cervantes.

In nearly 30 years in the labor movement, Cervantes has participated in nearly every aspect of the fight for the rights of working people, and she has a distinguished career that is still going stronger than ever. Cervantes joined the labor movement in 1989, when she became a reservations agent for Southwest Airlines in Houston. Before long, she was an active member of Machinists (IAM) Local 2198, serving as an organizer, shop steward, recording secretary and then vice president.

After a decade of dedicated service, she was chosen to serve as an apprentice organizer for Air Transport District 142 and then became a general chairperson for the district the following year. Tom Buffenbarger, then-IAM international president, later appointed her to serve on IAM's 2002 Blue Ribbon Commission. In the following years, she served as a special representative in the Transportation Department of the IAM Grand Lodge and then Grand Lodge representative.

In 2012, Cervantes was chosen to serve as assistant secretary to then-IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach Jr. The next year, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve as a general vice president for IAM. In 2015, she became IAM's 12th general secretary-treasurer, the first woman to direct the union's finances. She continues in this capacity today.

She also serves as a national board member for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, is an active member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, is a member of United Against Human Trafficking and is a trustee for the National IAM Benefit Trust Fund and the IAM National 401(k) Plan.

Cervantes holds a bachelor of arts degree in labor studies from the National Labor College and helps teach the Spanish leadership series for the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center and the IAM-Aviation High School Partnership Program.

Cervantes spoke to IAM's ViewPoints program in 2015:

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:29

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Fred Hubbell

Tue, 2018-09-25 11:25
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Fred Hubbell AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Iowa gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell.

Here are some of the key reasons why Hubbell is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • He wants to end tax giveaways for big corporations and use the money to grow local businesses, including expanding broadband across the state.

  • As interim director for the state's Department of Economic Development, he prioritized investments that created good returns for the state's workforce.

  • Hubbell wants to invest in wind and solar energy to create new jobs.

  • He wants trade partnerships with other states and countries that will expand markets for goods grown on Iowa farms.

  • Hubbell wants to simplify the state's tax code and lower rates for working families and small businesses.

  • Not only is he a dues-paying union member, his daughter and son-in-law are, too. These experiences have taught him that expanding the right to collective bargaining is the right thing to do.

  • He would restore workers' compensation laws so that Iowans who are hurt on the job have the protections they deserve.

  • Hubbell favors full and consistent education funding so that teachers have the resources they need to educate Iowa's children.

  • He wants to make higher education more accessible and affordable in order to create a more skilled workforce.

  • Hubbell will work with employers to create public-private partnerships with high schools and community colleges to equip working people with the skills that meet the needs of local employers.

  • He wants the state to have a stronger focus on job training and apprenticeship programs.

  • Hubbell will fight to reverse Iowa's Medicaid privatization efforts.

  • He has fought to provide funding for more mental health professionals in Iowa.

  • Hubbell wants Iowa to be a partner with veterans as they transition back to civilian life. He would do this through investment in programs that expand training and education opportunities, increase access to capital investment and connect veterans to good-paying jobs.

  • As chair of the Iowa Power Fund, he led efforts to make the state a leading producer of clean energy, creating jobs in the process

To learn more about Hubbell, visit his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:25

Tags: Elections 2018

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Steve Sisolak

Mon, 2018-09-24 11:17
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Steve Sisolak AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Nevada gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak.

Here are some of the key reasons why Sisolak is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • As a former member of the Nevada Board of Regents, Sisolak was a champion for students and parents who fought for increased education funding.

  • He will fight for higher teacher salaries and reduced class sizes.

  • Sisolak wants to expand job training and vocational education in Nevada so more students graduate high school with career options. This includes promoting partnerships between technical training programs and employers.

  • He will invest in clean technology. As Clark County commissioner, he helped recruit a solar manufacturer to the state, creating good-paying jobs.

  • Sisolak will work to diversify the state's economy by bringing in new industries while also supporting Nevada's homegrown businesses.

  • He will fight against the use of public funding for private schools.

  • Sisolak wants to reduce the amount of debt students carry with them after they graduate college.

  • He will support veterans and military families by supporting programs such as child care; K-12 education; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) initiatives; and high school apprenticeships.

  • Sisolak supports the state's health care exchange and will fight against any attempts to roll back Medicaid expansion.

  • He believes both public and private employees have the right to collectively bargain.

  • Sisolak will protect defined-benefit plans like the Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada.

To learn more about Sisolak, visit his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:17

Tags: Elections 2018

Everyone Needs an ‘Equity Card’

Wed, 2018-09-19 09:16
Everyone Needs an ‘Equity Card’ Harmony Gerber

The younger people in my life introduce me to songs they consider vintage but that are completely new to me. The Dead Kennedys, for example, are alive and well on my most recent playlist. And just this morning I heard, for the first time, "Work Bitch," by Britney Spears. As I listened to her sing "Bring it on/ring the alarm/don’t stop now/just be the champion," I added, in my best BritBrit voice, "and get a labor union, get some collective bargaining." (This is what it is like to ride in the car with me.)

The movie "9 to 5" came out when I was in sixth grade. It was a hit, even in West Texas. The decade that was the '80s was full of "Work Bitch" songs—beats to sweat off the toxic stress of the union-busting Ronald Reagan era. But no "Eye of the Tiger" could compare with the thrill of the fight that Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda carried out together on screen. I had overheard grown women around me shaking their heads with a kind of laughter mixed with wistful, delayed revenge. When I saw the movie with friends in the theater, my laughter was mixed with dread. Is this what work looks like for grown women? Are there really bosses who actually pull this sort of crap with women? No wonder my mother and her friends wanted a labor union.

When looking up more about Tomlin, the first news item to pop up was her recent interview with Shalini Dore for Variety, a source for "the Business of Entertainment" (Aug. 24, 2018). Tomlin recently has received yet another Emmy nomination for the TV series "Grace and Frankie." Right off the bat, Tomlin brings up her Equity card. Dore’s first question is about the first time Variety noted Tomlin’s work (in 1964) and Tomlin’s immediate response is "I got my Equity card then." Three sentences later, she repeats "It was terrific to get my Equity card." Yes, it was fantastic to be mentioned in Variety in 1964, but Tomlin impresses on Dore and Variety readers that this was the year she became part of the Actors’ Equity (AEA), a labor union that represents people working in live theater performance. She names for readers following "the Business of Entertainment" that her career in the business included, from the get-go, the collaborative kinship of courage that is collective bargaining.

Mitchell Robinson teaches music education at Michigan StateUniversity, and he recently published a blog post that was picked up by Business Insider under this headline: "Beneath the 'heartwarming' teacher stories, there’s a real issue with the way public school teachers are treated." His essay names the lie behind the kind of "Work Bitch" news pieces published regularly in too many outlets—tales of individuals in public education whose "sacrifice" shows "resilience," "tenacity" and "dedication." In other words, stories about how one person’s effort is "making a difference" for families. Robinson concludes:

These stories aren’t "heartwarming" and they don’t show "dedication." They demonstrate that we as a society are unwilling to spend our resources on supporting and caring for the schools and teachers that we entrust with the support and care of our children—and refuse to treat the persons we entrust their care to as professionals or even as human beings deserving of our respect and some basic human dignity.

Journalist Adam Johnson has called these stories out as "perseverance porn." From coverage of NFL players to Hollywood actors to public school teachers, even liberal media outlets churn out features about individuals who contribute to sports, entertainment or education against all odds and alone. Meanwhile, the real news is that, against all odds and together, NFL players and public school teachers are, across the country, engaging in efforts to bargain collectively for the good of their sport, their teams and their schools. Even without a labor union, in states and in professions that try structurally to prohibit labor unions, they are engaging in union-like behavior.

The three women working together in "9 to 5" fantasize about ways they can, individually, rectify their crooked workplace. Their revenge montages may appear campy today. But my sixth-grade self took note. You can pour yourself a "cup of ambition" (as Dolly sings). But what you really need is a group of co-workers who will have your back. Their collective courage on screen was inspiring, but I wanted more. I wanted a world where I didn’t need a gun, rat poison or rope at my workplace. Like Lily Tomlin, we each need an Equity card. We need one another for the collective courage that was and is collective bargaining.

Amy Laura Hall has taught ethics at Duke University since 1999. Her most recent book is Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. This post originally appeared at the North Carolina State AFL-CIO.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:16

You Can Be Fired for Not Showing Up to Work During a Hurricane

Tue, 2018-09-18 10:22
You Can Be Fired for Not Showing Up to Work During a Hurricane Jobs With Justice

Ahead of a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence, politicians and safety officials tell the public to evacuate early and not wait until conditions get bad. We all know that you can lose your home and your belongings, but politicians never talk about the fact that during a disaster, many people can lose their jobs as well.

Even when there are mandatory evacuation orders, many businesses insist that employees still show up for work. Many more won’t pay employees for time missed ahead of, during and after a storm. This forces many to make an impossible choice between protecting their lives or protecting their jobs.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma wrecked vast portions of Florida. In its wake, Irma left many Floridians without power, shelter or essential belongings. Worse, the impact of the storm meant many people did not know how they would earn their next paycheck. Some lost their jobs because they couldn’t make it into work during the storm, while others were left unemployed after businesses had to shut down for repairs. After hearing about employer threats against people who were evacuating instead of going to work during the hurricane, Central Florida Jobs With Justice conducted a survey to determine how widespread the practice of requiring employees to show up to work in the middle of a Category 4 hurricane really was.

What they found was striking. More than half of those who responded to the survey said they faced disciplinary action or termination if they failed to show up to work during the storm. Others didn’t have to show up to work, but weren’t paid if they couldn’t make it during the evacuation, putting similar pressures on them to show up even in the worst conditions.

To put it bluntly: Even in the middle of a hurricane, many businesses still put their own profits over the well-being of their employees.

But this isn’t the way things have to be. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees who comply with evacuation orders during a state of emergency, and some employers are taking the initiative to put "climate leave” policies in writing. However, the number of communities and companies with such policies is small and likely will remain so until working people are able to band together to demand protection from the increasing threat of hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. And while federal programs already exist that provide assistance to people put out of work due to disasters, they need to be strengthened and expanded at the state and local levels.

As our climate changes, we can expect stronger hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Recent hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, Maria and now Florence have impacted millions of people, disrupting lives, destroying communities and killing thousands. The struggles that individuals face before, during and after a major event like Irma or Florence are already great enough without adding the stress of losing your job or wondering when you’ll get your next paycheck.

Now is the time to write new rules to ensure working people can protect themselves and their livelihoods before, during and after big disasters. We know that the climate crisis is already hurting poor people more severely than the wealthy. There’s no need to exacerbate this inequality and force people to lose a paycheck or their job due to our man-made climate crisis.

This post originally appeared at Jobs With Justice.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:22

What's Up with NAFTA, Anyway? Some Frequently Asked Questions

Mon, 2018-09-17 14:23
What's Up with NAFTA, Anyway? Some Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been getting so many questions about NAFTA, I thought I’d answer a few for everyone.

Why are they renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement? I thought NAFTA was bad.

NAFTA is bad. But the reason NAFTA is bad is not because trade is bad, or even that trading with Mexico and Canada is bad. NAFTA is bad because it is a set of rules that gives advantages to employers over workers, multinational companies over local firms, and giant corporations over communities. It has cost jobs and pushed down wages in all three countries.

In particular, NAFTA set up incentives to outsource U.S. jobs (by lowering tariffs on imports from Mexico) without requiring firms that operate there to meet basic international labor standards or minimum protections for the environment. It also incentivized additional outsourcing by creating a private justice system for firms that allows them to bypass local courts and go straight to international tribunals to argue that some health and safety standard or water protection rule or any other action by a host government deprives them of their expected profits. NAFTA’s rules empower global employers, undermine unions, and weaken the ability of local, state and federal governments to be responsive to citizens.

NAFTA does not have to be this way. Its rules can be changed to put working people first. And that requires renegotiation.  

I heard they’re finished renegotiating NAFTA. Are they?

Not really. On Aug. 31, the president sent notice to Congress that he had concluded negotiations with Mexico and intended to sign a deal with Mexico in 90 days (this waiting period is required by the Fast Track law). Canada was not included in this announcement, but can be included in a final deal "if it is willing." Since talks are ongoing with Canada, and Mexico would have to agree to any changes made to accommodate Canada, the renegotiations aren’t really over. That means we have a chance to improve its labor rules and add other things important to workers, such as COOL labeling.

So, is Canada in or out?

The talks are ongoing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and others have made clear Canada should be included, but whether it will be remains to be determined. (Watch a video here.)

Does Congress have to vote on a new NAFTA?  

Yes.  

When will Congress vote?

It seems likely that, assuming a final-final deal is reached this fall, the vote would occur in 2019.  

Will the AFL-CIO support the new deal?

That depends on what the new deal looks like and how close it comes to meeting the 17 benchmarks we set out in June 2017. We don’t expect a new deal to be perfect or to incorporate every one of our recommendations. However, it must include Canada, show meaningful progress on critical issues, including by reducing incentives to outsource, protecting fundamental labor rights and freedoms for working people in all three countries, eliminating the private justice system for foreign investors known as ISDS, promoting greater North American content—particularly U.S. content—in NAFTA-traded goods, and by strengthening enforcement, not just on labor, but on all trade issues, including currency manipulation and misalignment.

On labor in particular, if the deal does not include strong and clear rules that protect working people in all three countries and require Mexico to abandon its "protection contract" system (which keeps wages down and interferes with the right to join unions), and if we cannot be confident that the rules will be swiftly and certainly enforced, it won’t be worth endorsing. A deal that doesn’t get the labor provisions and enforcement tools right won’t protect U.S., Mexican or Canadian workers and won’t reduce outsourcing. A deal that allows abuse and exploitation of working people to continue is just another corporate deal.  

So...where is the text?

Most of the text is available to "cleared advisers" (which includes the AFL-CIO) now. Trumka and officers of both affiliate and non-affiliate unions who serve as cleared advisers are studying the text right now. Unfortunately, due to the secrecy allowed under Fast Track, the text won’t be available to the public until after Sept. 27, 2018.

Do we know what it is in it?

A bit, but most of the contents are still secret. We know the labor rules are on the right track, but they do not yet include swift and certain enforcement mechanisms. We know there will be changes to ISDS that appear to be in the right direction and changes to medicine rules that appear to be in the wrong direction. And we need to learn a lot more about automobile rules of origin to figure out if they will actually promote high wage U.S. jobs. Look for more information after Sept. 27 at aflcio.org.  

When will we know if the deal meets our standards?

Trumka and other labor leaders said on Aug. 31 that, based on what we know so far, "more work needs to be done" for the deal to meet our standards, including, most importantly, enforcement tools that will ensure that all parties live up to their labor obligations and that Mexico ends it repressive protection contract system. But, since talks are continuing, that means we have an opportunity to get that work done. This is not over and the text isn’t really final. That’s where you come in. We need your help.

How can I help?

You can call or email your senator and tell them to contact U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (the U.S. lead on the NAFTA talks) to make clear that in order to get approval in Congress, the new deal must:

  1. Include strong and clear labor standards based on the International Labor Organization’s fundamental labor rights and end the protection contract system in Mexico.

  2. Include enforcement tools that will make certain that violations are swiftly identified and fixed—or else sanctions will be promptly imposed.

  3. Eliminate ISDS (the private justice system for foreign investors) and other incentives to outsource (including in both manufacturing sectors such as auto, aerospace, steel and aluminum and in services sectors such transportation and call centers); and

  4. Put working people’s interests ahead of profits, including by eliminating giveaways to Wall Street and Big Pharma and ensuring that we can protect our food supply and provide consumers the information they want about the products they buy.

Call 855-856-7545 to be connected to your senator today!  

Here are some NAFTA talking points. Please  join our trade activist list by texting TRADE to 235246.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:23

Tags: NAFTA

Not OK: The Working People Weekly List

Mon, 2018-09-17 09:30
Not OK: The Working People Weekly List AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Work Without Pay Is Not OK: "Beginning next year, Congress will finally start paying its interns!"

Trumka Says Climate Change Battle Must Include Workers: "The labor movement must be included in initiatives to fight climate change, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Sept. 12. Workers are prepared to sacrifice, 'but we will not bear the cost of climate change alone,' Trumka said at a conference at the University of California at Berkeley Labor Center. 'The most equitable way to address climate change is for labor to be at the center of the solution.'"

Trump Fails to Make Inroads with Organized Labor Despite Populist Message to Working Class: "Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, labor's umbrella organization, has gone to the White House several times and served on the president's jobs council for several months. He resigned last year, along with corporate representatives on the council, after Trump failed to forcefully denounce white nationalists who rallied violently in Charlottesville, Va. 'When he was elected, I said I would call balls and strikes,' Trumka said in a Fox News interview just before Labor Day. 'When he did something that was good for workers, we'd support him. When he did something that was bad for workers, we would oppose him. Unfortunately, to date the things that he's done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers,' Trumka said."

Union Leaders Move to Keep Kavanaugh from Supreme Court: "As Judge Brett Kavanaugh faces Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, organized labor is unveiling a playbook that may look familiar to Washington Republicans. 'We intend to make it the same thing as repealing Obamacare, Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, told Politico in the latest Women Rule podcast. 'We are going to organize the three votes that are required to block this nomination.' Another labor leader, Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, echoed Henry’s protest against Kavanaugh during the podcast: 'We cannot let this court continue to swing to the extreme right. It’s out of step with what America believes.'"

Women Rule Podcast: 'I Didn’t Challenge Sexism at Every Turn': "Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Bill Nelson: "This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Kyrsten Sinema: "This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Rep. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, who is running for U.S. Senate."

The Union Difference Is Even More Pronounced for Families of Color: "A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that union membership helps increase wealth and prosperity for families of color. The research comes on top of recent polls showing that more and more people are embracing the powerful benefits of collective bargaining."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andrew Gillum: "This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum."

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:30

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on Women Rule Podcast

Fri, 2018-09-14 09:07
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on Women Rule Podcast

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined SEIU President Mary Kay Henry for a conversation with Politico's Anna Palmer on the newest edition of the Women Rule podcast. Shuler discussed the surging wave of collective action, the state of the labor movement and her groundbreaking path to becoming the highest-ranking woman in the history of the AFL-CIO. Listen to the episode here, and check out some of Shuler's highlights below.

On the future of the labor movement:

"I think we're at a moment. Yes, people want to write the labor movement's obituary. But, with the rise in collective action that we've been seeing, I think it's signaling something: that people want to come together. They want to fight back. Unions are the best way to do that....The bottom line is that we make change when we speak up together....The labor movement's needed now more than ever, and I think it's an opportunity for collective action and collective voice to grow."

On Brett Kavanaugh:

"We're working with allies and partner organizations to say enough is enough. We can not let this court continue to swing to the extreme right. It's out of step with what America believes. We're seeing this moment of collective action, where people are starting to rise up....We're going to continue to organize workers, focus on the grassroots, focus on our communities. And we think that we can put up a fight like you've never seen, because that's what we do best in the labor movement."

On getting involved in the labor movement:

"I worked at Portland General Electric, the same utility that my dad worked at and my mom worked at, through summers in college. So all of that came together when the clerical workers decided to try to organize at PGE. I was thinking, I know these women. I want to be a part of this. And the local union needed organizers. And it was an all-male local. And so, they said, hey, we could use somebody like you. And that was kind of how my activism was born."

On being the only woman in the room:

"I was the only woman on staff at the local, and we didn't have many women members. And, yes, you did find yourself kind of in a lonely place, most often. But I think it really did bring a different perspective, often, to the conversations....People talk about women's leadership style being very different. More collaborative. More listening takes place, and you can actually sometimes de-escalate situations when there's a lot of testosterone in a room, so I did find myself often playing that role."

On building the next generation of labor leadership:

"I've been thinking a lot about that, because often we emulate the mentors or the leaders we study under, and I see it in our next generation. Next Up is our young worker program, and a lot of the young men, for example, who are studying under male leaders tend to start to morph into that leadership style if you're not raising awareness and, as Mary Kay said, fighting these systems and deep cultural traditions that we've had. I focused a lot of attention and energy around the next generation of leadership. How do we cast our net and open our doors as wide as ever, and especially for young women?"

On union members running for office:

"The AFL-CIO has really prioritized union members being primed and ready to go to take on this moment, because there's something in the air. People are ready to rise up, and there's a moment of collective action unlike we've seen....So, how do we capitalize on that? And how do we make the change that we need with policies and our economy? Well, it's to elect union members to office. They're the perfect candidates because they have a lived experience that they can bring to the table. Especially women, we're seeing in bigger numbers than ever before running for all levels of government."

On combating sexual harassment:

"Most women have dealt with some form of sexual harassment throughout their careers. And the AFL-CIO takes it incredibly seriously. And we've been actually out fighting against sexual harassment in the workplace—sexual assault in the workplace—since our inception, because, through collective bargaining, that's where you'll find language in your contracts for a process in how to remedy when things go wrong—how to have some form of enforcement if the bosses aren't actually coming to your assistance. The AFL-CIO, both as an institution and how we run our own organization, as well as how we're leading in the workplace through our individual union affiliates, has been on record opposing this issue forever. But I think the key here is cultural change. And this is a moment where women are starting to feel safer coming forward because we're all standing up together. And collective action, as I said, is the key."

On defeating 'right to work' in Missouri:

"The vote in Missouri was nothing short of inspiring....The labor movement was more unified than I'd ever seen it. It was laser-focused on defeating the initiative. So it brought people together in a way that I haven't seen in a long time. And secondly, the way the community rallied around the labor movement, because they realized that if 'right to work' were to pass in Missouri, wages would go down for everyone. So to see folks in the small business community responding—working people who don't have a union know that this is going to impact them, too. That's why I think you saw the big number—the big defeat—because everyone knew exactly what was going to happen in that state. Wages would go down. Safety protections would go down. Opportunities and job growth would be sacrificed."

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:07

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Bill Nelson

Fri, 2018-09-14 07:49
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Bill Nelson AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.

Here are some of the key reasons why Nelson is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • He has led efforts to expand Florida's investment in STEM skills and training that helps workers keep up with advances in technology and automation.
  • Nelson supports tax credits for working people looking to change careers or transition into new industries.
  • He supports education-related tax breaks that help prepare students for industries that need more skilled workers.
  • Nelson supports increasing the minimum wage.
  • Nelson is leading the push to invest in the infrastructure necessary to protect Florida's coastlines against rising sea levels and damage from hurricanes.
  • He co-authored the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which is designed to improve gender, racial and socioeconomic diversity in the federal workforce and in the science, technology, engineering and math education.
  • Nelson supports career and technical training and job readiness programs.
  • He is leading the charge to reduce student loan debt.
  • Nelson has long been a supporter of public higher education and has helped obtain funding for key programs and facilities in Florida's public colleges and universities.
  • He supports increasing funding for public education and improving pay for teachers and other crucial staff, including secretaries, bus drivers, cafeteria and maintenance workers, janitors, counselors and teachers’ aides.
  • Nelson is a champion of fighting against companies using the personal data of working people for profit or in violation of privacy rules.
  • He is working to protect consumers from companies that hide information about flaws and safety defects.
  • Nelson has spent much of his career fighting back against cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
  • He is leading the fight in Congress to lower prescription drug costs and eliminate the Medicare Part D donut hole.

To learn more about Nelson, visit his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/14/2018 - 07:49

Tags: Elections 2018

Work Without Pay Is Not OK

Thu, 2018-09-13 11:03
Work Without Pay Is Not OK AFL-CIO

Beginning next year, Congress will finally start paying its interns!  

For years, people who want to help build a better America by working in Congress have been offered "jobs" with no pay—as congressional interns. These internships are coveted because they help open doors to prestigious scholarships and graduate schools, and they help young people get started on careers in law, politics, diplomacy, business and many other fields.

But think about it. Who can afford to take a nonpaying job? Not me. And certainly not most people who come from a working-class background. I was lucky enough to have my first congressional job come with a paycheck. Otherwise, I’d have had to turn it down.

So who can afford to take these jobs, and all the doors they open? Often, it’s the very folks who already have lots of economic advantages. If you’re lucky enough to come from a family who can afford to pay your Washington, D.C., living expenses for a summer or semester or even a whole year while you learn how Congress works and rub elbows with this country’s current and future power players, that’s awesome!

But having lots of money is not a valid way to choose congressional aides. And, think about how that skews the policies that come out of Washington. What if there is a vote coming up on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and no one in the office can speak to how the program helped keep their family in their home when mom was between jobs? Or no one to say they could not have afforded college without a Pell Grant? Or to explain why having the freedom to join a union can mean better health care and an annual family vacation for millions of America’s families? In the end, working in a congressional office isn’t just a learning experience for the intern—it provides valuable input into the decisions that senators and representatives make. And it is important that elected officials interact with people from all walks of life, not just D.C. elites.

Congressional internships should be open to all—not just to those who can afford it. Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), a supporter of this provision, explained to The Hill: "By providing this dedicated funding to help House offices pay their interns, we are moving to level the playing field and provide opportunities for young Americans who may not otherwise have the financial means necessary to dedicate a full semester or summer to an unpaid internship."

We’re glad Congress has decided to pay its interns and encourage all U.S. employers to follow suit.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:03

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Kyrsten Sinema

Thu, 2018-09-13 08:25
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Kyrsten Sinema AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Rep. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Here are some of the key reasons why Sinema is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • She has a record of working across the aisle to help create good-paying jobs.

  • Sinema is committed to equal pay for equal work.

  • She has supported legislation to expand rural broadband and help family farmers.

  • Sinema has fought to expand school funding and to make college and skills training more affordable.

  • She opposes efforts to cut Medicare and Social Security and opposes raising the retirement age.

  • Sinema opposes efforts to let employers deny coverage for birth control.

  • She is committed to lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

  • Sinema has worked to expand educational opportunities for veterans and hosts Boots to Books resource fairs to help veterans get started on careers in civilian life.

  • She supports immigration reform that keeps families together and gives Dreamers a pathway to citizenship.

  • Sinema, the first openly bisexual member of Congress, is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would extend key civil rights protections to LGBTQ Americans, including in employment and housing. 

  • She fought to save military jobs in Arizona and to get service members a pay raise.

To learn more about Sinema, visit her website.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:25

Tags: Elections 2018

The Union Difference Is Even More Pronounced for Families of Color

Tue, 2018-09-11 09:32
The Union Difference Is Even More Pronounced for Families of Color

A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that union membership helps increase wealth and prosperity for families of color. The research comes on top of recent polls showing that more and more people are embracing the powerful benefits of collective bargaining.

Here are some of the key findings of the report:

  • When working people collectively bargain for wages, benefits and employment procedures, as union members they have higher wages, more benefits and more stable employment as a result of the bargaining agreement.

  • Household wealth is dependent on several factors, including income, savings, people having benefits like health insurance and life insurance.

  • Higher wages lead to higher savings, particularly when combined with job-related benefits, such as health and life insurance, since those benefits require union members to spend less out-of-pocket to protect their families.

  • Union members have higher job stability and protections, which lead to longer tenures at a workplace. This can lead to more savings as longer-tenured employees are more likely to be eligible for key benefits that accrue over time.

  • Nonwhite families with a union member in the household have a median wealth that is 485% as large as the median wealth of nonunion families of color.

  • Union members' annual earnings are between 20 and 50% higher than those for nonunion members.

  • The benefits of union membership for nonwhite families is more significant than it is for white families because nonwhite workers tend to work at jobs with lower pay, fewer benefits and less stability. Union membership lowers the gap for everyone, but the gains are larger when you are starting from a lower level of income and benefits.

  • Union members also are less likely to experience a negative shock (a large change in income) and more likely to experience a positive shock.

Read the full report.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:32

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andrew Gillum

Mon, 2018-09-10 09:09
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andrew Gillum AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

Here are some of the key reasons why Gillum is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • Under his leadership as mayor, Tallahassee was one of only 50 cities in the country recognized for being a leader in training workers to have advanced technical skills.

  • He wants to expand Florida's economy beyond tourism, including boosting solar energy programs, which would protect the environment and spur job creation.

  • He wants to eliminate the gender-based pay gap and level the playing field for women in the workplace. 

  • As mayor, he has worked with more than 100 businesses to launch the Family Friendly Workplaces program that prioritizes policies like paid sick days, work-sharing, health insurance, mental health programs, safe and clean breastfeeding rooms, and quality, affordable child care. As governor, he will expand this program.

  • As mayor, he has advanced workforce training programs for underrepresented workers.

  • As mayor, he has implemented "ban the box" and fought for programs to help offenders and at-risk youth get out of the criminal justice system and into the workforce.

  • He will invest $1 billion in Florida's public schools, students and teachers. Among other things, the investment would raise teachers' salaries, restore public school construction funds and increase vocational training.

  • He wants to make college debt-free and and will encourage businesses to help educate the workforce they want to hire.

  • He opposes unaccountable, for-profit charter schools.

  • He favors Medicare for All to lower health care costs and expand coverage.

  • He has forcefully defended immigrants, particularly refugees and those fleeing violence and danger in other countries such as Syria or Haiti.

  • He wants to expand protections for LGBTQ Floridians, so they are protected from discrimination in the workplace.

To learn more about Gillum, visit his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/10/2018 - 09:09

We're Gonna Fight for It: The Working People Weekly List

Fri, 2018-09-07 11:54
We're Gonna Fight for It: The Working People Weekly List AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

We're Gonna Fight for It: "The AFL-CIO launched a new 60-second TV ad today, airing on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, highlighting the wave of collective action surging across the country and inviting all working people to join our movement. From the resounding defeat of 'right to work' in Missouri to organizing victories nationwide, we are marching forward together."

Trumka Calls for New Supreme Court Direction at Yale Law School: "Unfortunately, today those lyrics could serve as the fight song for the Supreme Court’s pro-corporate, activist wing of justices who wax poetic about precedent and judicial restraint, yet regularly bend over backwards to serve the interests of the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged. There are no neutrals there."

Liz Shuler Explains the AFL-CIO’s Commission on the Future of Work: "'Work is changing and we want to make sure that the Labor Movement was ready to take on the challenge and represent workers in the future' said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler about the commission on the future of work resolution."

What Liberal Organizers Are Seeing on the Ground in 2018: "The AFL-CIO founded Working America in 2003 to reach working- and middle-class voters who resemble its members in all but one respect: They don’t belong to a union. In tactics and targets alike, the group represented a departure for the left. Working America was among the first liberal organizations to resurrect the old technique of contacting voters through door-to-door organizing, rather than using the direct-mail and television-advertising campaigns that had dominated activism after the 1970s. And it dispatched its organizers to working-class communities where few voters ever heard from liberal groups. Karen Nussbaum, the group’s founding director, says that when it compared its 3 million members with the membership lists of other major progressive organizations, it found that 90 percent of its people didn’t belong to any of the other groups. 'No one is talking to these folks,' she says."

Trump Has Hurt American Workers, Charges AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: "As for workers, 'unfortunately, to date, the things that he has done to hurt workers outpace what he’s done to help workers,' said Trumka, who represents more than 12.5 million people. Though unemployment is down, wages have also been down 'since the first of the year,' he said. 'Gas prices have been up since the first year. So overall, workers aren’t doing as well,' Trumka told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday."

Richard Trumka: Working People Deserve Our Fair Share: "A year ago, I sat down for a Labor Day breakfast with reporters and told them that working people were crying out for change that would bring about a political system that lifts up our voices, an economy that treats us fairly and a society that values our labor. I also cautioned that transformational change wouldn't be handed to us from the halls of power. It would come about when we stood together in unions and demanded it."

In Labor-Friendly Seattle, Unions Push for New Territory: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sees that tide turning. Seattle is no outlier, said the leader of the nation’s largest union federation in a telephone interview last week. 'The economy hasn’t worked for workers for a long time so they’re doing something about it right now,' Trumka said. 'Working people are on the rise right now.'"

Labor Boss Trumka Says Any New NAFTA Deal Must Include Canada: "Following a firm warning by President Trump to the United States’ neighbor to the north, the president of the largest union federation in the country said Sunday that given the integration of the three economies in the agreement, any reworked deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement must include Canada. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that while his federation is anxious to have NAFTA reworked—calling the 1994 agreement 'devastating' to American workers—any deal that only includes the U.S. and Mexico is unfeasible. 'Our economies are integrated,' Trumka said on Fox News Sunday. 'It’s hard to see how that would work without Canada on the deal.'"

Customer Service Reps at Spirit Airlines Join TWU: "Despite predictions of the demise of labor unions in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, working people have secured another powerful victory. With an overwhelming vote of 82%, 300 customer service representatives at Spirit Airlines have joined the Transport Workers (TWU)."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Jon Tester: "This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Sen. Jon Tester of Montana."

Reject Brett Kavanaugh Today: "As Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings get underway, working people are demanding a Supreme Court justice committed to upholding the rights of working families. Unfortunately, Kavanaugh has a long track record of ruling against working people and in favor of greedy corporations."

Make ‘Labor Union’ Sense Common Again: "My daughter and my mother save things that might someday be useful or salvageable. So do I. I have used tea to stain white or pink things that I’ve accidentally spilled something on. My mother taught me to do this. Her mother taught her to do this. This way of saving something with tea is called, at least in my circles, tea-staining."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Randy 'Iron Stache' Bryce: "This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Wisconsin congressional candidate Randy 'Iron Stache' Bryce."

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:54

Economy Gains 201,000 Jobs in August; Unemployment Unchanged at 3.9%

Fri, 2018-09-07 10:15
Economy Gains 201,000 Jobs in August; Unemployment Unchanged at 3.9%

The U.S. economy gained 201,000 jobs in August, and unemployment was unchanged at 3.9%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wage growth of 2.9% is tepid for this level of unemployment, and with core inflation just at 2%, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee should continue to pause its plan to raise interest rates.

In response to the August jobs numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs tweeted:

Broadest measure of labor force slack (including part-time workers who want to work full-time and discouraged workers) shows continued improvement.  It is nearing levels of the late 1990s.  The big improvement is for those seeking full-time work. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/4I4KwVgYPq

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) September 7, 2018

 

The share of Black workers employed (EPOP) continues its path of recovery that began in 2011.  On strength of rising labor force participation and falling unemployment rates. @AFLCIO @cbtu_40 @APRI_National @JointCenter pic.twitter.com/6m0h6TQgKD

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) September 7, 2018

 

Changes in employment from July to August show losing industries: manufacturing (-3,000), information (-6,000) and retail trade (-5,900).  @UAW @MachinistsUnion @steelworkers @UFCW Note a concern here, manufacturing jobs are now average (not above average) wages pic.twitter.com/vqrglq2YY4

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) September 7, 2018

 

In case you missed this report on #minimumwage from @Sly21 yesterday.  Today's #JobsReport shows continued strength of employment in food services (up 17,500 in August and 213,100 over the year) despite minimum wage gains. @AFLCIO https://t.co/Q41q3Dufik

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) September 7, 2018

 

The continued slow recovery in local government employment, especially for our teaching corps, means choking off our most important investment--the education of our children.  Remember this in November! @AFSCME @AFTunion @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/KSwXJEcxbo

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) September 7, 2018

 

The local signs of retail trade consolidation and challenges to competition revealed in today's retail trade employment numbers. #JobsReport #JobsDay https://t.co/d3RJjgDUfI

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) September 7, 2018

Last month’s biggest job gains were in professional and business services (53,000), health care (33,000), construction (23,000), wholesale trade (22,000), transportation and warehousing (20,000), and mining (6,000). Job losses were seen in information (-6,000), retail trade (-5,900) and manufacturing (-3,000). Employment showed little change over the month in other major industries, including financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (12.8%), blacks (6.3%), Hispanics (4.7%), adult women (3.6%), adult men (3.5%), whites (3.4%) and Asians (3.0%) showed little or no change in August.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged in August and accounted for 21.5% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:15