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#RedForFeds: The Working People Weekly List

Working People Weekly List
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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.

#RedForFeds: “Today, in communities across the country, working people joined together in solidarity with the federal workers who make our country run. In the face of ruthless attacks on these public servants’ fundamental economic rights, AFGE is leading the fight to defend our unions.”

Best Candidates for Working People 2018: Gretchen Whitmer: “This November’s elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are going to take a look at the best candidates for working people. Today we feature Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer.”

USW to House: Properly Used Tariffs Protect Working People: “My name is Roy Houseman, and I am here on behalf of the United Steelworkers union, which is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers not just in steel and aluminum but in many other industries too.”

A War on the Working Class: In the States Roundup: “It’s time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states.”

Holding Wall Street Accountable: “Tomorrow marks the eighth anniversary of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a key piece of legislation passed to combat the dangerous corporate behavior that sparked the global financial crisis. A decade after the Great Recession, working people are fighting corporate assaults on these commonsense reforms. As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said today, ‘The labor movement fought hard to win these protections for working people....We need more people whose financial decisions are protected and fewer hedge fund managers who gamble with our lives.’”

Federal Unions Push Back Against ‘Chaos’: “Before the hearing started, a crowd of red-clad demonstrators—as part of the #RedForFeds campaign to elicit support for unionized government employees—gathered outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse to protest the executive orders. The employees carried signs reading ‘proud union member,’ ‘proud public employees’ and myriad anti-Trump posters. They represented a variety of labor unions, including the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union and many others.”

AFL-CIO: Trump’s Executive Order Will Create ‘Corruption and Cronyism’: “The AFL-CIO’s Executive Council today forcefully criticized President Donald Trump’s executive orders on government unions, saying they would ‘politicize the career civil service, opening it up to corruption and cronyism.’ The remarks are the most forceful rebuke yet from AFL-CIO leadership and come the same day a federal judge will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit from the American Federation of Government Employees. The executive order at the center of the lawsuit, signed in May, curtails the amount of paid time federal workers can spend filing grievances, while two others hasten the firing process for underperforming employees and shorten the window during which collective bargaining negotiations can take place.”

Collective Action Is Key to Keeping Labor Strong: “When the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions last month with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, some pundits were quick to sound the death knell for organized labor. Those pundits haven’t been paying attention, a panel at the AFL-CIO showed earlier this month. The event brought together workers from different sectors, all of whom have made organizing inroads over recent months to improve the conditions in their workplace.”

Goodman Joins Fight to Stop ‘Right to Work’ Law in Missouri: “The union-backed fight against making Missouri a ‘right to work’ state has enlisted some star power to get its message out. Actor John Goodman is featured in a 30-second radio ad saying a proposed law to be decided by Missouri voters in the Aug. 7 primary election will hurt the middle class.”

‘Why We Threw Mark Janus a Going-Away Party—But Didn’t Invite Him’: “The AFSCME v. Janus Supreme Court decision is not just the work of its plaintiff, Mark Janus. It’s the product of a well-financed and powerful anti-union machine, bankrolled and politically backed by the likes of the Koch family, billionaire Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, the American Legislative Exchange Council and many, many others.”

AFL-CIO President: ‘Workers Are United to Defeat Kavanaugh’: “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the nation’s labor movement has come to a conclusion about President Donald Trump’s latest U.S. Supreme Court nominee: ‘Workers are united to defeat Kavanaugh,’ he declares. His statement was part of a much longer July 12 speech behind closed doors to Democratic U.S. House candidates. While Trumka did not cite specific cases and rulings, the federation previously compiled a string of anti-worker decisions and statements by federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh in his dozen years on the bench.”

Brett Kavanaugh Thinks Undocumented Workers Aren’t Really Employees Under The Law: “After President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court earlier this month, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz was disturbed to read about one of the judge’s more controversial rulings. The case involved a defunct kosher meatpacking company Yanklowitz knew well, New York-based Agriprocessors. The company’s treatment of undocumented workers created a scandal within the Orthodox Jewish community a decade ago, when Yanklowitz was a rabbinical student concerned with social justice.”