Statement of Communication Workers Opposing Obama’s NAFTA-Style Free Trade Agreement

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 10:15 am

Statement by the Communications Workers of America on the proposed Korea-U.S. Trade Agreement: Washington, D.C.– In July 2010, delegates to the CWA Convention called on the Administration to renegotiate the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) to enhance “larger societal goals of economic justice, sustainable communities and a sound environment, and human rights, including trade union [...]

BREAKING: AFL-CIO Head Richard Trumka Releases Statement Opposing Obama’s NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade Deal

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 9:41 am

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Korea Trade Deal For more than a decade, the labor movement, environmental groups, development advocates and others have advocated for a new trade policy that is part of a more coordinated and coherent national economic strategy. The proposed U.S.-Korea trade deal does not live up to that model [...]

Trumka: Catfood Commission Co-Chairs Just Told Working Americans to “Drop Dead”

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 12:05 pm

What does AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka think about the recommendations made by the co-chairs of the Catfood Commission? The chairmen of the Deficit Commission just told working Americans to ‘Drop Dead.’ Especially in these tough economic times, it is unconscionable to be proposing cuts to the critical economic lifelines for working people, Social Security and [...]

Self-Interested Veal Pen Outfits Step Up to Kill the Public Option

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 10:16 am

Having suckered you into giving up your email address, fundraised heavily and built up their mailing lists by disingenuously flogging the public option, the veal pen turns around and shoots it in the back to save Michael Bennet’s ass. Yesterday SEIU and Progress Colorado showed up when David Sirota and 40-50 public option supporters delivered 34,000 petition signatures to Bennet’s office to protest AGAINST the public option.

Why Is Richard Trumka Taking Money From College Students to Pay for Union Fix?

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:53 am

Richard Trumka was all about the public option back in September, when he said in no uncertain terms that the AFL-CIO “won’t support the bill if it doesn’t have the public option in it.” And to his credit, one of the only reasons it stayed in the debate as long as it did was because [...]

Pelosi Says “F*&k You” to Trumka and the AFL-CIO

By: Saturday September 26, 2009 11:17 am

Since other unions outside the AFL-CIO are working the yo-yo on the trigger, Trumka is the lone holdout.  He’s the mainstay, and there is tremendous pressure building within the AFL in response to arm twisting from the White House for him to cave.  And if he falls, it’s going to be difficult for the rest of the veal pen not to follow suit.  So, he’s being directly threatened. 

The message is clear:  “Get in line or we pay for your precious ‘public option’ by fucking you on health care benefits.”

If Trumka suddenly starts singing the praises of triggers (even if they instantly “yo-yo” it back and insist he was misquoted), you’ll know it worked.

Trumka Supports McEntee’s “Bullshit” Verdict on Baucus Bill

By: Tuesday September 22, 2009 11:46 am

Ben Smith gets a quote from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Gerry McEntee’s — er, “colorful” description of the Max Baucus bill:

“Gerry has much wisdom,” Trumka said in an interview today, referring to AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, who attacked the bill last week. “We don’t think that the way to provide benefits for everybody is to tax people’s benefits so they end up losing their benefits.”

McEntee, as you’ll recall, led the AFL-CIO convention in a chant of “bullshit” in response to the Baucus bill.  Which, I would concur, is the response of someone with “much wisdom.”

Ohio Senate Candidates Discuss Support For Public Plan on FDL on Sunday, September 6

By: Friday September 4, 2009 12:41 pm

On the eve of Barack Obama’s appearance in Ohio at the AFL-CIO’s Labor Day rally with Richard Trumka where he will discuss health care reform, both of the Democratic candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat will be on FDL discussing their support for a public option.

Ludacris Stars in AFL-CIO Voter Protection Ads

By: Friday October 24, 2008 8:54 pm

Tomorrow the AFL-CIO launches voter protection radio spots by rapper Ludacris, television’s Judge Mathis and actor/activists Hill Harper and Edward James Olmos. Olmos recorded two ads, one in English and one in Spanish You can listen to them here: The ads run from Oct. 25- Nov. 4 in 16 media markets in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, [...]