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Women Covered By A Union Contract Make $212 More A Week

Women Covered by A Union

Women covered by a union contract

Washington, DC—A new briefing paper released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that women represented by a union in the United States earn an average of $212 more per week than women in nonunion jobs. In addition, union women earn more in every state, with the size of the union wage advantage varying across states: union women in Wyoming earn $349 per week more than their nonunion counterparts in the state, while union women in the District of Columbia earn $48 more per week than D.C.’s nonunion women. The analysis also finds that the size of the union wage advantage is large enough in 32 states to cover the costs of full-time child care for an infant in a center.

Women’s share of union members has increased markedly in the last three decades, from 33.6 percent in 1984 to 45.5 percent in 2014. While men are more likely than women to be in labor unions or covered by a union contract in the United States as a whole (13.1 percent of men, compared with 11.9 percent of women), there are eight jurisdictions—California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and Vermont—where women are more likely to be unionized than men. More than one in four female workers (25.7 percent) in New York are in a labor union or covered by a union contract. Nationally, public sector workers are five times more likely to belong to a union than private sector workers (35.7 percent, compared with 6.6 percent).

There are 25 “Right to Work” states, in which labor unions may operate but they cannot require employees, even those who would benefit from a contract negotiated by a union, to become members of the union or pay membership dues. Generally, the share of women who are union members or covered by a union contract are higher in states that do not have “Right to Work” laws. “Right to Work” states are associated with lower wages for all workers (both union and nonunion), especially women.

“Union representation brings with it greater pay transparency and helps ensure that employers set pay based on objective criteria, such as skill, effort, and responsibility,” said IWPR Study Director Ariane Hegewisch, co-author of the briefing paper. “Unfortunately, many women around the country are not able to experience this union advantage.”

The Union Advantage

The Union Advantage

Women who are represented by labor unions earn 88.7 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts, a considerably higher earnings ratio than the earnings ratio between all women and men in the United States (78.3 percent). Women of all major racial and ethnic groups experience a union wage advantage, but black and Hispanic women are particularly likely to gain from union representation. Hispanic women represented by labor unions have median weekly earnings that are 42.1 percent higher than those without union representation and black women’s earnings are 33.6 percent higher.

The union advantage extends beyond pay to cover benefits, such as retirement plans and health insurance. Women represented by a union are more likely to participate in a pension plan and receive health insurance benefits through their job than those who are not unionized. Approximately three in four unionized women (74.1 percent) have a pension plan, compared with only slightly more than four in ten (42.3 percent) of nonunion women. As of 2013, more than three in four unionized women (76.6 percent) had employer- or union-provided health insurance coverage, compared with only half (51.4 percent) of nonunion women.

“This research shows that it pays to be in a union, especially if you are a woman” said IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. “Not only do union women experience a much narrower gender wage gap with men than women overall, they also earn hundreds of dollars more per week than nonunion women, with greater access to critical benefits that can ensure their longterm financial security and well-being.”

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies.

Work For A Union: Open Comms Jobs From UnionJob.com (7-25-15)

JULY 24, 2015 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) 

Digital Campaigns and Strategy Manager, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
National Campaign Training Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Path to Power Senior Program Coordinator, Political Department  California
Junior Video Producer, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
Producer, Digital Strategies Department District of Columbia
Senior Field Representative (OH), Campaigns Department, Midwest Region Ohio
Lead Data Coordinator – Campaigns Department, Northeast Region – PA  Pennsylvania

Deputy National Campaign Manager, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
National Young Worker Program Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Field Communications Regional Coordinator, Communications Department, Northeast Region – Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont (National search)

Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department – Midwest Region – Iowa, Missouri
Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department  Arizona, Colorado
Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Organizing Department  District of Columbia


AFL-CIO (Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program)

Presentation and Teaching Techniques I Class, Presented at the Maritime Institute Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland


ACT (African Communities Together)

Community Organizer (Amharic Speaking) District of Columbia


AFM (Associated Musicians of Greater New York, AFM Local 802)

Communications and Political Director, New York City  New York


AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (Regional and International Positions))
Media Relations Specialist, Communications  District of Columbia


AFSCME (Council 31)
Communications Director, Chicago  Illinois


ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association, International)

Sr. Communications Specialist, Herndon  Virginia


BAC (International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers)

Freelance Writer  District of Columbia

 


Citizen Action of New York
Program Assistant, Albany  New York


CMRJB (Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United/SEIU)

Service Representative  Michigan

 


CNA/NNU (California Nurses Association (CNA) / National Nurses United (NNU) AFL-CIO)
Social Media Specialist, Oakland  California


CTU (Chicago Teachers Union Foundation)

Executive Director, Chicago  Illinois (National search)


CTW (Change to Win)

Strategic Campaign Coordinator, DC or NYC District of Columbia, New York

 


GEU (Graduate Employees’ Union, AFT Michigan Local 6196)

Part-Time Union Organizer, East Lansing  Michigan


HTC (NY & NJ Hotel Workers’ Union)
Video Communications Supervisor New York


IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters)

Web Operations/IS Systems Programmer  District of Columbia


IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Educational Specialist, Education Department  District of Columbia


IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1049)

Internship, Holtsville  New York


ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union)

Researcher, San Francisco  California


Iron Workers (International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers)

Strategic Researcher, Phoenix, Denver – Arizona, Colorado


Jobs To Move America
Communications Specialist (full-time), Los Angeles  California

 


Labor United for Universal Healthcare
Administrator & Projects Coordinator, Los Angeles  California


LEROF (Laborers’ Eastern Region Organizing Fund)

Digital Communications Specialist  New Jersey

 


Metropolitan Washington Council (AFL-CIO)

Area Labor Council Executive Director  District of Columbia


MNA (Minnesota Nurses Association)
Labor Relations Specialist
, St. Paul  Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin


NNU (National Nurses United)
Communications Specialist, Oakland  California
Educator – Immediate Opening, San Francisco Bay area  California


OCEA (Orange County Employees Association)

Employee Relations Representative; Public Safety Emphasis, Santa Ana  California

 


OEA (Oregon Education Association)

Coordinator of Administrative Services and Support, Portland  Oregon

OEA Union School Field Education & Training Coordinator, Eugene  Oregon


PWF (Partnership for Working Families)

Communications Strategist, Oakland  California


SE PA Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO (Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation)
Communication/Mobilization Coordinator, five county suburban Philadelphia region  Pennsylvania


SEIU (Service Employees International Union (International Positions
Senior Communications Specialist, Bilingual skills are required (Spanish)  District of Columbia
Immigration Digital Strategy Manager, Grade: D  District of Columbia

Deputy Director of Technology Infrastructure, Grade: E  District of Columbia


SEIU Local 1
Communications Director, Chicago  Illinois


SEIU (Local 221)
Communications Specialist, San Diego  California


SEIU (Local 721)

Internal Organizing Campaign Coordinator – General Services, Los Angeles  California


SEIU (Local 775)
Media Relations Specialist, based in Seattle, Washington


SEIU (Local 1000)
Communications Specialist, Sacramento  California


UEMSW (United EMS Workers, AFSCME Local 4911)
Administrative Chief, Livermore  California


UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union)

Assistant Communications Director, Politics & Advocacy  District of Columbia

Senior Bilingual Campaign Communications Specialist District of Columbia

Digital Strategies Intern, Communications Department  District of Columbia


UFT (United Federation of Teachers)

Graphic Designer, New York City  New York


UNITE HERE
Campaign Researcher, San Francisco  California

Campaign Researcher, Los Angeles  California

Campaign Researcher, Seattle  Washington


UNITE HERE (Local 2)

Campaign Researcher, San Francisco  California


WDP (Workers Defense Project (WDP) and Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF))

Political Director, Dallas  Texas


WGAW (Writers Guild of America, West)
Coordinator of Television & New Media Credits  California
Political Director, Los Angeles  California


WILD (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development)

Program/Administrative Assistant, based in Boston  Massachusetts


Working America (a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO)

Senior Political Associate  District of Columbia


Working Families (Connecticut Working Families)

Connecticut Political Director, Hartford  Connecticut

Communications Director, Hartford  Connecticut

Working Families (Pennsylvania Working Families)
Political Director, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Working Families (Rhode Island Working Families)

Rhode Island State Director, based in Providence  Rhode Island


Working Washington
Development Associate/Development Director, Seattle Washington

WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

JULY 2, 2015 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
Digital Campaigns and Strategy Manager, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
National Campaign Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Path to Power Senior Program Coordinator, Political Department  California
Junior Video Producer, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
Producer, Digital Strategies Department District of Columbia
Senior Field Representative (OH), Campaigns Department, Midwest Region Ohio
Lead Data Coordinator – Campaigns Department, Northeast Region – PA  Pennsylvania

Deputy National Campaign Manager, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
National Young Worker Program Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Field Communications Regional Coordinator, Communications Department, Northeast Region – Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont (National search)

Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department – Midwest Region – Iowa, Missouri
Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department  Arizona, Colorado
Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Organizing Department  District of Columbia


AFL-CIO (Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program)

Presentation and Teaching Techniques I Class, Presented at the Maritime Institute Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland


AFL-CIO (Union Privilege)
Deputy Director, Communications, based in Washington, DC District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Virginia


AEA (Arizona Education Association)
Organizational Consultant, Government Relations, Phoenix  Arizona


AFSCME (Council 31)
Communications Director, Chicago  Illinois


AFT (American Federation of Teachers)
Database & Communications Technician, AFT Michigan – based in Detroit Michigan
Organizing and Communications Specialist, Albuquerque Teachers Federation  New Mexico


ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association, International)

Sr. Communications Specialist, Herndon  Virginia


Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, AFL-CIO
Campaigns and Community Coordinator, Nashville  Tennessee

 


CIR/SEIU (Committee of Interns & Residents)
Physicians’ Union Campaign Communications Coordinator, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, or New York City  California, New York

 


CNA/NNU (California Nurses Association (CNA) / National Nurses United (NNU) AFL-CIO)
Social Media Specialist, Oakland  California


CTW (Change to Win)
Digital Communications Associate  District of Columbia

 


HEU (Hospital Employees’ Union)

Coordinator of Private Sector Membership Services, Burnaby, British Columbia (Posted: 6/26/2015)  British Columbia,  Canada

 


HTC (NY & NJ Hotel Workers’ Union)
Video Communications Supervisor New York


IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Educational Specialist, Education Department  District of Columbia


IndustriALL Global Union
Textile and Garment Industry Director, Geneva Switzerland

 


IRLE (Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley)
Senior Labor Educator, Center for Labor Research and Education, Berkeley California

 


Iron Workers (International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers)

Strategic Researcher, Phoenix, Denver – Arizona, Colorado


LEROF (Laborers’ Eastern Region Organizing Fund)

Digital Communications Specialist  New Jersey

 


Metropolitan Washington Council (AFL-CIO)

Area Labor Council Executive Director  District of Columbia

 


NABTU (North America’s Building Trades Unions)
IT Support Specialist, Washington, DC – District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

NNU (National Nurses United)
Educator – Immediate Opening, San Francisco Bay area California


OCEA (Orange County Employees Association)

Employee Relations Representative; Public Safety Emphasis, Santa Ana  California

 


OEA (Oregon Education Association)

OEA Union School Field Education & Training Coordinator, Eugene  Oregon

 


SE PA Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO (Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation)
Communication/Mobilization Coordinator, five county suburban Philadelphia region  Pennsylvania


SEIU (Service Employees International Union (International Positions
Immigration Digital Strategy Manager, Grade: D  District of Columbia

Deputy Director of Technology Infrastructure, Grade: E  District of Columbia


SEIU Local 1
Communications Director, Chicago  Illinois


SEIU (Local 221)
Communications Specialist, San Diego  California


SEIU (Local 284)
Full-time Communications Manager, South St. Paul  Minnesota


SEIU (Local 775)
Media Relations Specialist, based in Seattle, Washington


SEIU (Local 1000)
Communications Specialist, Sacramento  California


1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Contract Writer, New York City  New York


Solidarity Center
Regional Program Director, Americas  District of Columbia


UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union)
Graphic Designer Intern, Detroit, Michigan


UEMSW (United EMS Workers, AFSCME Local 4911)
Administrative Chief, Livermore  California


UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union)

Digital Strategies Intern, Communications Department  District of Columbia


UNITE HERE
Campaign Researcher, San Francisco  California

Campaign Researcher, Los Angeles  California


United Way (United Way of Greater Los Angeles)
Labor Liaison Manager, Los Angeles  California


WDP (Workers Defense Project (WDP) and Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF))

Political Director, Dallas  Texas


WGAW (Writers Guild of America, West)
Political Director, Los Angeles  California


Working Families
Writer  District of Columbia, New York


Working Partnerships USA
Communications Associate, based in Silicon Valley, CA  California


WRC (Worker Rights Consortium)
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships  District of Columbia

Colin Van Ostern: Should NH be more like TX?

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By Colin Van Ostern

Heads turned sharply in Concord this week when NH Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and House Speaker Shawn Jasper both shared a press release inviting local businesses to relocate from New Hampshire to Texas. It was sent out originally by the Governor of Texas to New Hampshire political reporters Thursday, “Inviting New Hampshire Businesses to Seek New Opportunities in Texas.” All because Governor Hassan won’t approve an unbalanced state budget that, among other problems, creates special corporate tax giveaways without paying for them.

I can’t imagine a public policy dispute with a member of the other party that would cause me, as an elected official, to actively invite businesses to leave my state as Senator Bradley and Speaker Jasper did this week.  But let’s look past the backwards priorities and political gimmicks – on the substance, are they right?  Should New Hampshire try to be more like Texas?

Taxes?  It’s true Texas has low corporate taxes.  To keep them low, they rely on a hefty sales tax – which New Hampshire does not have. An Austin businessman pays an extra 8.25% on every supply he buys. So taken on the whole, the Tax Foundation found this year that Texas’s overall business tax climate ranked 10th in the nation.  Not bad, but still behind New Hampshire at 7th.

Workforce?  I’ve managed a $100 million business for a local manufacturer and currently work in a leadership role at our state’s fastest growing large employer – and I can tell you unequivocally that the most important resource for every great business is its people.  In New Hampshire, 91% of adults have a high school degree – the 4th highest state in the country, with high rates of bachelor’s and advanced degrees as well. Texas is dead last; 50th of 50 states. More Texans work at the minimum wage than almost any other state.  Only one in three adults in Texas have health insurance; again, 50th in the nation.

Quality of life? New Hampshire famously ranks as the #1 state in which to live, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development. #1 in the country to find a home. #1 state to earn a living. #1 safest state.  On those rankings, Texas scores 38th, 47th, 25th, and 30th. And yes, our unemployment rate is 3.8% vs Texas’s 4.3%.

Welcoming & inclusive to all?  New Hampshire was one of the first states in the nation to embrace marriage equality; in Texas, a state constitutional amendment bans this basic human right. New Hampshire town meetings are famous. Our voter turnout leads the nation; Texas – well, you get the idea (47th).

The point is not just to compare brag sheets. New Hampshire succeeds because of a smart, balanced, and forward-looking portfolio of unique competitive advantages: our world-class workforce, best in the nation quality of life, inclusive community, and uniquely low taxes.  The ideologically-driven approach to state budgets that the Governor of Texas, Jeb Bradley and Shawn Jasper are pushing would undermine our workforce, weaken our high quality of life, and add a $90 million hole in the budget. 

It’s simply not worth spiking in-state college tuition, threatening to kick 41,000 NH citizens off newly expanded healthcare, undermining safe roads and bridges, and passing a deeply unbalanced budget that would result in even more cuts or tax increases later in the year, all to draw high-fives from conservative Republican governors in the Deep South.

Texas is a great state and it certainly has competitive advantages of its own (its beef brisket is admittedly hard to deny).  But when it comes to our overall tax climate, our workforce, our communities, and our quality of life – well, don’t mess with the Live Free or Die state.  That goes for Texas Governors and lawmakers here in New Hampshire alike.

Colin Van Ostern (www.vanostern.com) represents 49 towns across the state on New Hampshire’s publicly elected Executive Council, including Rochester, Dover, Concord, Franklin, and Keene.

 

STATISTICS/REFERENCES:

Quality of life & related stats:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/07/why-the-south-is-the-worst-place-to-live-in-the-u-s-in-10-charts/

Educational attainment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_educational_attainment

Business tax climate: http://taxfoundation.org/article/2015-state-business-tax-climate-index

Uninsured: http://www.texmed.org/uninsured_in_texas/

Minimum wage: http://www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/news-release/MinimumWageWorkers_Texas.htm

Sales Tax: http://window.texas.gov/taxinfo/local/

Unemployment: http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

Marriage equality: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/states/entry/c/texas

Voter turnout: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/12/the-states-with-the-highest-and-lowest-turnout-in-2012-in-2-charts/

Thank You To Those Who Voted Against The TPP, However The Fight Is Not Over

Working Families Have Spoken And Washington Was Listening.

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives held a vote on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which failed by a 126 to 302 vote, due to strong opposition from House Democrats.

For months, progressives and labor advocates have been speaking out against the TPP. Senators Warren and Sanders have made their opposition to the TPP a main talking point in all of their recent speeches. They spoke out because the White House was negotiating the TPP in secret. What little information has been leaked on the proposed deal shows that the deal would be harmful to American workers, continuing the failed policies of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Fast Track legislation narrowly passed the Senate however House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rallied House Democrats against it.

“Nancy Pelosi has always fought for working families and today her leadership on the trade package vote was instrumental in the House voting against another bad trade deal,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. “She stood up against corporate interests and as always put first the people who are too often left out of trade agreement discussions. I applaud Rep. Pelosi’s bravery and leadership on this and look forward to working with her on good trade bills.”

“The House leadership tried to use a gimmick to push Fast Track through Congress. In rejecting an extremely weakened Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) package, representatives today stood with working families who want good jobs and thriving communities,” wrote the Communication Workers of America (CWA).

House Democrats like Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) truly understand why it is important to stop this Fast Track legislation.

“Every day, I’m fighting to support New Hampshire workers, small businesses, and family farms, which all deserve a strong say in our nation’s trade policies. I believe the trade promotion authority legislation currently before Congress fails to give these groups a real seat at the table, and fails to include necessary protections for American jobs and workers, which is why I plan to vote against it,” said Kuster in a written statement just days before the vote.

“The New Hampshire AFLCIO is especially proud of Congresswomen Kuster who stood strong in the face of tremendous political pressure to do what was best for New Hampshire workers and workers everywhere,” said Mark MacKenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO.

It was not just Leader Pelosi who made this vote against the TPP a reality. It was the combined actions of millions of hard working Americans who lobbied their Congressional Representatives to oppose this secret trade deal.

“American workers came together and spoke with one voice about the path their country and economy should follow. We are very grateful for all the activists, families, community leaders, and elected officials who worked so tirelessly for transparency and worker rights in international trade deals,” Trumka said.

“This is a victory for hard-working men and women all across America. In the face of long odds, the American people sent a powerful message that their interests trump narrow political agendas and special interests,” said Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

“Today, we saw elected leaders stand up and make clear that the failed promises of global trade agreements, which only seem to serve irresponsible corporations, must come to an end. More importantly, we have seen what hard-working families can accomplish when we stand together and fight for what is right for both workers and this nation,” Perrone said.

“We keep score. We see the Democrats and the Republicans that stood with us. TAA was the only way to get Fast Track through, and despite the efforts of the President, TAA failed. The subsequent vote on Fast Track itself proved this as we failed to stop Fast Track by a margin of eight votes – just a difference of four votes either way. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi got it right when she said that Democrats have always supported TAA but not as a path to Fast Track,” said CWA past President Larry Cohen, leader of the coalition work on Fast Track.

CWA President Chris Shelton said, “I’ve never been prouder of our union and the work CWA members do. We’ll continue to fight back and build the movement we need.”

Organized labor relied heavily on their progressive allies, like CREDO Action to help spread the word of the dangers of passing this “NAFTA on steroids,” Fast Track legislation.

“The failure of the White House to win a key vote to advance Fast Track Authority for the TPP shows that the millions of Americans who spoke out against job killing trade deals are making a big difference despite an all out effort by Wall Street lobbyists, the Chamber of Commerce, and the White House to ram this through,” said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director at CREDO Action.

However the fight over the TPP is far from over. House leadership has already stated that they will hold another vote on the Trade Authorization Assistance package early next week.

“This fight is not over,” Zaheed continued. “CREDO will continue to fight against Fast Track and any treaty that puts the rights of multinational corporations over the rights of the American people.”

We need our elected leaders to stay strong against the fierce lobbying arm of Wall Street and Big Business.

“We must fully defeat Fast Track, so that Congress can work for trade deals that give working families at least as much standing as corporations. We need 21st century trade that works for all of us, not just investors and multinational corporations,” wrote the CWA.

“Our broad coalition of Americans — representing millions of union members, environmental activists, immigrant rights advocates, people of faith, students, public health and consumer advocates, community leaders and so many more — will keep up the fight until Fast Track is defeated,” CWA concluded.

The New Hampshire Labor News would like to thank all of the Representatives who chose to stand with working families in opposition to this disastrous trade agreement. We the people have spoken and we thank you for listening! We hope that you will continue to stay strong in your opposition and defeat this disastrous trade agreement once and for all.

UFCW President Perrone: “The Best Way to Help the Jobless is to Stop Passing Trade Agreements like TPP that Kill Jobs.”

UFCW_logo.svg“Our campaign for trade policy that is fair and just will continue full speed ahead.”

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement in response to the U.S. House failing to advance fast track trade legislation.

“This is a victory for hard-working men and women all across America. In the face of long odds, the American people sent a powerful message that their interests trump narrow political agendas and special interests.

“Today, we saw elected leaders stand up and make clear that the failed promises of global trade agreements, which only seem to serve irresponsible corporations, must come to an end. More importantly, we have seen what hard-working families can accomplish when we stand together and fight for what is right for both workers and this nation.

“With respect to TAA, we support a clean extension of the program, but the best way to help the jobless is to simply stop passing trade agreements like TPP that kill jobs.

“While one vote does not end the fight, our campaign for a better America will continue full speed ahead until the threat of TPP and other unfair trade deals is gone for good.”

Join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) online at www.ufcw.org

We are 1.3 million families standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family deserves.

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Baltimore Steelworker Invites Pres. Obama to Witness Results of Past Failed Trade Policies

AFL-CIO, USW Launches New Trade Ad

(Washington, DC) – A new ad from the AFL-CIO and USW highlights how the loss of manufacturing jobs due to bad trade policy over the past 30 years has hit African-American populations especially hard in cities like Baltimore. The video makes clear that the battle over Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not about politics: it’s about people like former steelworker Mike Lewis.

“One can’t help but be saddened. This was once called the ‘Beast of the East.’ We made the steel that went into the Golden Gate Bridge…” Lewis says in a video message to President Obama, while standing on the decimated site where he proudly worked for 32 years as a full-time crane operator. The dream of economic opportunities disappeared in August of 2012 when Mike and 2,100 of his steelworker brothers and sisters who permanently lost their jobs at the steel plant in Sparrows Point in Baltimore.

The union hall where workers came together for so many years in good times  has been a food bank that many rely on to feed their families. The closing of the steel plant and other manufacturing plants started the economic downfall that many in the African-American community have not recovered from.

“We want the American people to know that bad trade policies have terrible consequences for workers. This battle isn’t about a political party, it’s about the thousands of people just like Mike Lewis who simply want a fair chance to earn a good living and put food on their table,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Mike has a simple message for the President: “President Obama, we welcome you to come to the site of what failed trade policies have brought, the devastation of this facility. Please come, please take a look at the devastation of three decades of failed trade policies.”

The ad will begin as an initial web buy with key targeted audiences and escalate based on the timing of the Fast Track trade fight.

The AFL-CIO Ramps Up Pressure Ahead Of Fast Track Vote

Fight for Working Families Hits Television, Radio, Digital

(Washington, DC)  – The AFL-CIO is ramping up efforts to stop Fast Track with a targeted advertising blitz against undecided members of Congress. The ads reflect the sentiment of working families who are vehemently opposed to giving Fast Track authority to another bad trade deal that costs American jobs.

The Coalition to Stop Fast Track, which the AFL-CIO is a part of, is up with a TV ad in DC and across California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. The ad focuses on how fast track will stifle America’s ingenuity and cost jobs by stacking the deck in favor of multinational corporations, driving down wages and undercutting our nation’s competitive edge.

 

The AFL-CIO is also running a TV ad in Sacramento criticizing Rep. Ami Bera for his support of fast track and posted a classified ad in the Sacramento Bee, on Career Builder and on Sacramento Craigslist, looking for a Congressman in CA-7 with a backbone.

This evening the New York State AFL-CIO will rally to hold Congresswoman Rice accountable for her fast track flip flop.

On the digital front, the AFL-CIO purchased a digital ad buy in The New York TimesWashington PostPolitico and The Hill. The message: Fast Track Kills Jobs, Drives Down Wages, & Weakens Competition.  The ads run through June 14th.

“The urgency of these actions highlights the commitment working families have to defeating Fast Track. Their actions clearly show that they will not stand for another trade deal riddled with unfulfilled promises,” said AFL-CIO Strategic Advisor and Director of Communications Eric Hauser.

Since March, union members and our allies have organized more than 650 events against fast track and thousands of workers have traveled to D.C. to rally and lobby Congress. Unions have made 2 million phone calls to union members warning against fast track, generated more than 161,000 phone calls and nearly 18,000 handwritten letters to Members of Congress and gathered more than 40,000 petition signatures.Digital advertisements targeting dozens of Members of Congress have made more than 25 million impressions.

AFL-CIO Escalates Actions Against The TPP

More than 100 events last week during Congressional Recess build pressure against TPA

As the House prepares to consider Trade Promotion Authority, AFL-CIO affiliated labor unions and our progressive allies are continuing to demonstrate the widespread popular opposition to fast track. Yesterday, organizations held a “National Call in Day.” Last week, union members, environmentalists, small business owners, consumer advocates and progressive allies held more than 100 events during the Congressional Recess in dozens of Districts across the country, urging Members of Congress to oppose fast track.

Highlights of recess events include:

  • A protest outside of Rep. Steny Hoyer’s Greenbelt office where participants presented Rep. Hoyer’s staff with a symbolic Memorial Day picnic basket that included pink slips and prescription drugs, which could become more expensive because of the TPP
  • A funeral for middle class jobs in Rep. Lee Zeldin’s Long Island district
  • A protest with giant Q Tips in Sacramento urging Rep. Ami Bera to clean out his ears because his constituents don’t want to fast track TPP
  • A neighborhood watch in Rep. Jim Costa’s district to prevent trade deals that send jobs overseas
  • A protest in San Diego to pressure Rep. Susan Davis and Rep. Scott Peters
  • An action outside of Rep. Ashford’s office in Omaha
  • A protest in Savannah urging Rep. Buddy Carter to oppose TPA
  • A protest outside of Rep. David Young’s office in Des Moines
  • A demonstration outside of Rep. David Price’s office in North Carolina
  • Phone banks in Washington state and a protest with senior groups in Seattle against Rep. Dave Reichert’s amendment to fund TAA with cuts in Medicare

This week, the AFL-CIO challengedthe USTR to declassify the TPP and prove whether it is progressive and will create good-paying jobs. The AFL-CIO also launched a new round of digital ads in The New York Times, Washington Post,Politico and The Hill that deliver the message: “Fast Track Kills Jobs, Drives Down Wages, & Weakens Competition.” The AFL-CIO is also running a TV ad in Sacramento criticizing Rep. Ami Bera for his support of fast track and, over the weekend, posted a classified ad in the Sacramento Bee, on Career Builder and onSacramento Craigslist, looking for a Congressman in CA-7 with a backbone.

Since March, union members have organized more than 650 events against fast track and thousands of workers have traveled to D.C. to rally and lobby Congress. Unions have made 2.05 million phone calls to union members warning against fast track, generated more than 161,000 phone calls and nearly 18,000 handwritten letters to Members of Congress and gathered more than 40,000 petition signatures. Digital advertisements targeting dozens of Members of Congress have made more than 25 million impressions.

AFL-CIO Press Conference Ends with TPP Critics Being Locked Out of US Trade Representative Office

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(Washington, DC, Tuesday, June 2) – Today, under the backdrop of a huge “Show Us the Text, Show Us the Jobs” banner, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre gathered with critics of Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to reinforce the message that working people won’t stand for another bad trade deal.

At the end of the press conference, a delegation of critics that included a faith leader, a nurse, an environmental activist, a veteran, a postal worker and a student walked to the United States Trade Representative’s office to ask to read the text. A large crowd followed and all were disappointed when they tried to enter the public visitor entrance and found the doors locked.

Earlier in the morning, Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Lloyd Doggett, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen and critics of the TPP made it clear that they are not going to let another bad trade deal sail through Congress.

“Even though this trade deal will affect 40 percent of the world’s GDP, and even though no prior trade deal USTR has negotiated has ever lived up to its promises, and even though the administration has promised that this would be the most progressive, transparent trade deal in history, we still can’t see the text.” said Shuler.

Fast track supporters argue that the public will have 60 days to read the text on the internet before the President signs it.

“That is no change if we can’t make amendments to it. We need to see exactly what’s different in this Fast Track authority that’s any different from NAFTA or CAFTA, Gebre said. “We’re for trade that uplifts everybody. We’re against trade that drops everybody down and unfortunately our government over and over and over again has decided to drag us down instead of lift us up.”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who has been asking to see the text for months wants answers.

“If this agreement were so good you’d be able to read it. But they’ve got a lot to hide in this agreement,” said Doggett. “On issue after issue we need to see the contract and we need to be able to read the text.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who has been championing the fight against Fast Track in Congress, fired up the crowd.

“Thank you for letting the country know about the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track,” DeLauro said. “Thank you for pressing Congress and the administration and saying do the right thing for the American people.”

Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen looked out at the crowd and reiterated that American workers are unified in opposition to Fast Track.

“Are you on the side of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or are you on the side of the American worker?” Cohen said. “Are you a corporate democrat or a people’s democrat? We had 30 years of work for less.

Workers Locked Out of USTR – YouTube Video and Twitter pictures and video

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