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Not OK: 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.

Work Without Pay Is Not OK: "Beginning next year, Congress will finally start paying its interns!"

Trumka Says Climate Change Battle Must Include Workers: "The labor movement must be included in initiatives to fight climate change, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Sept. 12. Workers are prepared to sacrifice, 'but we will not bear the cost of climate change alone,' Trumka said at a conference at the University of California at Berkeley Labor Center. 'The most equitable way to address climate change is for labor to be at the center of the solution.'"

Trump Fails to Make Inroads with Organized Labor Despite Populist Message to Working Class: "Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, labor's umbrella organization, has gone to the White House several times and served on the president's jobs council for several months. He resigned last year, along with corporate representatives on the council, after Trump failed to forcefully denounce white nationalists who rallied violently in Charlottesville, Va. 'When he was elected, I said I would call balls and strikes,' Trumka said in a Fox News interview just before Labor Day. 'When he did something that was good for workers, we'd support him. When he did something that was bad for workers, we would oppose him. Unfortunately, to date the things that he's done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers,' Trumka said."

Union Leaders Move to Keep Kavanaugh from Supreme Court: "As Judge Brett Kavanaugh faces Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, organized labor is unveiling a playbook that may look familiar to Washington Republicans. 'We intend to make it the same thing as repealing Obamacare, Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, told Politico in the latest Women Rule podcast. 'We are going to organize the three votes that are required to block this nomination.' Another labor leader, Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, echoed Henry’s protest against Kavanaugh during the podcast: 'We cannot let this court continue to swing to the extreme right. It’s out of step with what America believes.'"

Women Rule Podcast: 'I Didn’t Challenge Sexism at Every Turn': "Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Bill Nelson: "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 taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Kyrsten Sinema: "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 taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Rep. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, who is running for U.S. Senate."

The Union Difference Is Even More Pronounced for Families of Color: "A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that union membership helps increase wealth and prosperity for families of color. The research comes on top of recent polls showing that more and more people are embracing the powerful benefits of collective bargaining."

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andrew Gillum: "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 taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum."