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The State of Our Union: The Working People Weekly List

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  President Richard Trumka Responds to State of the Union Address (log in required): "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's response to State of the Union address, 'I really appreciated the president's optimism, and I'm sure that for his friends, that's the America they live in. But the people that I deal with, working people, aren't seeing that same America.'"

Wages in Mexico Key Factor in NAFTA Negotiations: "NAFTA talks need to take a look at Mexico keeping wages down to compete with the U.S. and Canada. The AFL-CIO's Celeste Drake discusses the latest as the sixth round of talks wrap up in Montreal."

AFL-CIO Chief: 93,000 Jobs Were Outsourced Under Trump, Most in Years: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement that Trump painted an optimistic picture of America, but that’s not the reality for most Americans."

Knight: Remembering Black Labor Leader on Black History Month: "This week begins Black History Month, when labor may once more appreciate its role in the Civil Rights movement but also realize that the best strategy for social change has for decades been coalition building, and one of the most effective people at this approach was African American union leader A. Philip Randolph."

NAFTA Talks That Were Supposed to End Last Year Might Continue into 2019: "'They’re not near resolution stage,' says Celeste Drake, the AFL-CIO’s trade and globalization policy specialist. 'If you rush, that’s when you get bad outcomes.'"

Why We Need the 'I AM 2018' Moment of Silence: Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker: "Today, we are taking a moment of silence in honor of the two men, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, whose tragic deaths 50 years ago led to the Memphis sanitation strike and the historic involvement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As part of 'I AM 2018,' we are reposting the following article by historian Michael Honey, which originally ran on the AFL-CIO website 10 years ago. It tells the story of Cole and Walker and of King's involvement in the strike."

Trump's State of the Union Not Reality for Most Americans: "Last night, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address. Working people were quick to point out that most of us don't live in the reality described in the president's speech and when it comes to the issues we care about, actions speak louder than words."

Making Infrastructure Work for the Middle Class: "On the campaign trail and as president, Donald Trump has continually shined a spotlight on America’s growing transportation and broader infrastructure crisis—and promised to do something about it. Now, as he prepares for his first State of the Union address, the president is expected to once again push his vision for rebuilding America."

Chuck Jones Is Still Taking Trump to Task: "When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, the Republicans put out a TV commercial in which a union guy said Reagan was for working stiffs like him. Unions warned that the far-right-wing Reagan was notoriously anti-union. 'A union member voting for Ronald Reagan would be like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders,' said a sign in a Paducah, Kentucky, union hall."

Nine Years Later: Why We're Still Fighting Pay Discrimination: "Nine years ago today, then-President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, restoring working women’s right to sue over pay discrimination. It was the first piece of legislation enacted during his presidency, and he noted the significance of the moment: 'It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign...we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.'"