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.
AFL-CIO: Trump's New Labor Pick 'Deserves Serious Consideration': "The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on Thursday offered praise for Alexander Acosta shortly after Trump announced his nomination. 'Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta's nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we've gone from a fast-food CEO who routinely violates labor law to a public servant with experience enforcing it,' AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said, according to NBC News's Carrie Dann."
Veterans Speak Out Against Right to Work Law: "The speakers talked about how their union membership has been beneficial to them personally and what unions were doing to protect veterans working in both the public and private sector. They included Will Fischer, a Marine veteran and the executive director of the National Union Veterans Council of the AFL-CIO, Marie Morgan, an Air Force veteran and retired member of State Employees Association Local 1984 and N.H. state Rep. Sean Morrison, R-Epping, an Army National Guard veteran and member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2664."
Union Head: Trump Not Giving Us What We Expected: "Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO, discusses his meeting with President Trump and how he'd like to see the economy work for union members."
President Trump and Financial Regulation: 'The Setup' and 'The Sting': "President Trump came into office on a wave of promises to look out for regular, working Americans, make the rich pay their fair share and 'Make America Great Again.' That was what old time con men would call 'the set up.' But you can only call what has happened next 'the sting.'"
President of Biggest Union Federation in the U.S.: Steve Mnuchin Is the Foreclosure King: "In addition to President Donald Trump meeting with various tech leaders and CEOs in the United States within his first few weeks, he also met with union leaders. On the campaign trail, Trump made multiple promises to 'drain the swamp,' leading many union and non-union American workers to support him. But others, like American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) President Richard Trumka, have been less than impressed with Trump's progress so far."
What’s Happening to Your Health Care: 3 Things to Know Right Now: "There is definitely lots of talk about how President Donald Trump and Congress are planning to make major changes to Americans’ health benefits. That’s because Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have said that repealing the Affordable Care Act is one of their top priorities. Although it is not clear when they will act or exactly what they will do, here are three things to know right now."
Collective Action of Working People Reject Andrew Puzder: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responded to the news of Andrew Puzder withdrawing as the labor secretary nominee: 'The withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination is great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing. It’s a reminder of the collective power of working people and a clear message to President Trump that it’s time to change course completely, not double down.'"
Union Members Defend Working People Targeted by Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Raids: "Working people deserve to go to work every day without fear for their safety or being harassed. They deserve to go out the door and make a living without worrying about their lives being upended. These are sacred tenets people and their unions value.'"
Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall: "Feb. 18 begins the first recess of the 115th Congress. It will be the first opportunity of the Donald Trump administration for most Americans to speak directly with members of Congress who will be in their districts holding events, town halls and other public appearances. You can join the many Americans who are pledging to make their voices heard during what is being called the 'Resistance Recess: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities and Our Democracy.' You can check here to find an event close to you or plan your own event."
Union Plus Offers Help for Those Impacted by Storms in Georgia and Mississippi: "If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by severe storms in Georgia or Mississippi at the end of January 2017, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program."
Racial Discrimination Has a Negative Impact on All Working People: "It would be an understatement to say that the past few years of witnessing public displays of racial injustice against black and brown communities have been devastating. From the public executions of Mike Brown, Walter Scott, Philando Castile and Renisha McBride, to the recent ban on Muslims enacted by newly elected Donald Trump, we find ourselves living in a time where racial anxiety and tensions are at an all-time high. While we relished the election of the first black president, Barack Obama, we were soon reminded of the deep racial divisions our country still has to overcome in the recent appointments of known white nationalists to the top White House positions, and the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—who has a history of racial discrimination in his court rulings. Often, the issue of racial politics and discrimination is not seen as a central priority of the labor movement—but it is our duty to protect workers from racial discrimination in our work places and in our society. One of the labor movement’s most important challenges is to understand how racial discrimination hurts all working people and impedes our ability to protect workers' rights."