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.
How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country: "In cities and counties across the country—including Little Rock, Ark.; Phoenix, Ariz.; southeast Michigan; central Utah; and here in Tennessee—the Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit, an offshoot of their longstanding national crusade for lower taxes and smaller government."
Trumka Gets World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership: "Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, was presented Tuesday with the inaugural 'World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership.' The event took place at the headquarters of the AFL-CIO, in Washington, D.C., in the George Meany Conference Room. The award was presented before a capacity audience by Fr. Sean Mc Manus and Ms. Barbara Flaherty. He is the President of the Washington, D.C.- based Irish National Caucus, and the Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize. Ms. Flaherty is the Executive V.P. of the Irish National Caucus and Corporate Manager of the World Peace Prize."
A Question of Legitimacy Looms for the Supreme Court: "Any day now, perhaps as soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court will issue a decision that more than any other case this term will reveal to us the heart and soul of the Roberts Court at the end of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s 14th year."
Judge Orders University of Missouri to Recognize Graduate Student Union: "University of Missouri graduate assistants are employees and their bosses should recognize their right to bargain collectively with administrators, a Boone County judge ruled Thursday. Judge Jeff Harris ruled in favor of the Coalition of Graduate Workers, which had sued the University of Missouri in May 2016 after MU leaders refused to recognize the group as the official bargaining organization representing graduate assistants."
Trumka Predicts Election Wins, Replacing Broken Trump Promises: "Predicting political gains for workers this November, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Auto Workers convention that they’ll lead to subsequent gains for workers—gains that replace broken promises from President Trump. 'Let’s fight for those who fight for us, since the corporate right-wing is going all out for our blood,' Trumka declared."
Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies: "American companies have spent years trying to become more welcoming to women. They have rolled out generous parental leave policies, designed cushy lactation rooms and plowed millions of dollars into programs aimed at retaining mothers. But these advances haven’t changed a simple fact: Whether women work at Walmart or on Wall Street, getting pregnant is often the moment they are knocked off the professional ladder."
Economists Have the Answer to Inequality: Working People Standing Together: "At its core, income inequality is simply about a lack of power among the masses and an abundance of it for a few at the top. Its real-world effects are wage stagnation, less access to health care and secure retirements, and higher poverty. Throughout much of the 20th century, there was a powerful mechanism to keep inequality in check: unions."
Pride Month Profiles: Mara Keisling: "Throughout Pride Month, the AFL-CIO will be taking a look at some of the pioneers whose work sits at the intersection of the labor movement and the movement for LGBTQ equality. Our next profile is Mara Keisling."
What You Need to Know About Washington, D.C.'s Initiative 77 and the Minimum Wage: "On Tuesday, Washington, D.C., voters will have an opportunity to vote on Initiative 77, a ballot measure supported by a wide array of progressive and labor organizations that would eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers and give many working families a much-needed raise."