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.
Trump at One Year: Giving Cover to Hate: "President Donald Trump's actions and rhetoric over his first year run counter to the values of working people. Here are some of the ways he has used his office to divide our country, abandon our values, and give cover to racism and other forms of bigotry."
Trumka: Despite Trump, Working People Will Build on Our Successes: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka held a roundtable discussion Tuesday to reflect on President Donald Trump’s first year in office. Trumka expressed disappointment in the Trump administration's failure to deliver on promises to secure fairer trade deals, invest in the nation’s infrastructure and revitalize working communities. Trumka also criticized the president for actively using his office to hurt working people."
Thai Unions Coordinate, Collaborate for Success: "After working several years at an auto parts factory outside Bangkok, Prasit Prasopsuk compared conditions at his workplace with those of a friend employed at a similar plant—and realized his wages were lower and working conditions worse because there was no union representation."
Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports 260,000 More Union Members in 2017: "Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, which have reaped higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people around the country."
A Year with Donald Trump: The Miseducation of Betsy DeVos: "Working people warned that President Donald Trump's appointment of Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department would be a disaster for our families and our communities. Over the past year, DeVos has waged an all-out assault on our public education system and made it harder for students to learn and grow. Here are the most egregious actions from the Trump-DeVos education team."
U.S., Mexico Unions File NAFTA Labor Complaint to Influence Talks: "U.S. and Mexican unions formally complained to the U.S. Labor Department on Thursday that Mexico continues to violate NAFTA’s weak labor standards, a move that they hope will persuade U.S. negotiators to push for stronger rules."
Democratic Candidates for Governor Talk Jobs, Unions: "Four of the Democratic candidates for Michigan governor agree that the minimum wage should be raised to $15, but they have differing ideas on how more jobs can be created in the state. Candidates Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Bill Cobbs appeared Wednesday at a gubernatorial town hall meeting hosted by the Michigan AFL-CIO union. It was the first of a series of three town halls with a general focus on jobs and the economy."
Union Chief Says Trump, Having ‘Actively Hurt’ Workers, Is Losing Support: "The president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, who flirted with an alliance with President Trump, delivered a searing critique on Tuesday of the president’s first year, saying that he had used the White House 'to actively hurt working people' and favor corporate interests."
Trump Promised to Defend the 'Forgotten' but Has Hurt the Workers and Favored Corporations, Says AFL-CIO: "Donald Trump won the presidency with promises to defend workers 'forgotten' by the political system but, in his first year in power, has not done more than advance the interests of corporations and harm working families, said on Tuesday the president of the largest union federation, AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka."
Los Angeles Times Journalists Vote 248-44 to Unionize: "Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly elected to form a union, a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for much of its history was known for its opposition to organized labor."