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.
Department of Justice to Stop Using Private Prisons: "The Department of Justice announced today that it would stop the use of private contractors, such as Corrections Corporation of America, to run prisons under their jurisdiction. The announcement comes on the heels of damaging reports about the safety, security and oversight of private prisons released by DOJ and Mother Jones in recent months."
Trumka Discusses Donald Trump, TPP and More on Public Radio: "In an appearance on Southern California Public Radio, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke about Donald Trump, working-class voters, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, labor's role in the 2016 election and a wide range of other issues."
How Unions Help Women Workers: "In The New York Times, culinary worker Brittany Bronson talks not only about the benefits of joining her union, but also about the opportunities being part of a unionized workforce offer women, particularly women who have long careers in the workforce."
Trump and Pence's Union-Busting Is Nailed Into the GOP Presidential Platform: "Donald Trump brags that he has 'tremendous support within unions.' He claims, 'The workers of this country are going to vote for me, [because] I’m going to create jobs.'"
AFL-CIO Challenges Senate Candidates Tied to Trump: "This week, the AFL-CIO launched a round of petitions targeting Senate candidates who have endorsed Donald Trump or have not denounced his incendiary remarks on issues from working families to social justice. The petitions will reach voters in states with contested Senate races, including Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin."
Union Members Appear on 'Daily Show' in Opposition to Trump: "On Monday night's episode of 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,' members of the United Steelworkers who work for Carrier appeared to discuss Donald Trump’s history with working people. They react with laughter and derision to Trump’s assertion that he’s a champion for them. Also interviewed for the segment is Carmen Llarull of the Culinary Workers, who helped organize at the Trump Las Vegas casino. Her words for Trump are even more direct."
In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter."
Schrader's Overtime Legislation Would Take Overtime Protections from Working People: "Overtime rules can be a powerful way to prevent working people from getting overworked without getting paid more for their additional effort. Such rules protect both working people and their families, but the federal rules on overtime are out of date and don't protect nearly enough Americans. The Barack Obama administration recently proposed updates to these rules that would help millions of Americans."
Even Superheroes Punch the Clock: "Movies have never really been escapist entertainment, and in this election year summer of electoral discontent, no less an authority than New York Times chief critic A.O. Scott recently identified the 'grand, overarching themes' of this year’s blockbuster movies: 'the problems of management and morale in the modern office.'"
Winners and Losers of the Week: "Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights."