Celebrate Young Workers Month

Thu. November 27, 2014

YW month

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), a group of 54 European trade unions, adopted November as Young  Workers' Month. The purpose is to promote trade unionism and to bring awareness to the issues many young workers face on the job.

In Europe many young workers are relegated to the lower paying jobs regardless of skill and education. Many can only find temporary jobs in precarious occupations. Young Workers' Month was created to show union membership and involvement can offer an alternative.

Young workers in North America face many of these same issues. As November comes to a close, we encourage our Young Machinists to take this opportunity to reach out to their peers on the job and in the community and begin the conversation about the union advantage.

Visit the Young Workers Month official webpage for more information.

Happy Young Workers' Month!

Qatar Arrests 100 Striking Workers for Deportation

Wed. November 26, 2014

The ITUC has condemned Qatar’s arrest and planned deportation of around 100 striking migrant workers today as a gross violation of the most fundamental workers’ rights.

Gen Y @ Work

Tue. November 25, 2014

It is estimated that by the year 2030, Gen Y, also known as the Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. This group is one of the most educated generations in history, they are also the most underemployed generations. Gen Y members often spend longer periods of time living with their parents, as it's difficult for them to gain financial independence in the current job market. However, Millennials are very ambitions and eager to be in satisfying careers.

Read the full article.

Labor's MLK Celebration Scheduled

Tue. November 25, 2014

The AFL-CIO plans an annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to civil rights and social justice. The dates have been set for the 2015 celebration to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from January 15th - 19th at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The conference will include various plenary sessions, workshops and the traditional community service day. The theme, "All, Here and Now" is to reinforce the historic bond between the labor and civil rights movements with Dr. King's dream in order to make it a reality.

For more information and to register for the event click here.

LCLAA applauds President's Decision

Tue. November 25, 2014

In a press release yesterday, LCLAA applauds the Executive Action taken by President Obama:

President Barack Obama has taken a much needed step to halt the deportations of hard working undocumented immigrants in this country. For years, LCLAA and Latino working families have called on both Congress and the President to fix our broken immigration system that is unjustly exploiting millions of voiceless undocumented Latino workers.

After countless number of demonstrations and actions, the President has taken bold leadership and announced today that his administration would extend administrative relief to an estimated 4.9 million people. These 4.9 million undocumented immigrants will now be able to live and work without fear while still contributing back to our country and economy.

We fully support administrative relief and believe President Obama has not only made this bold decision with the values of the American people in mind, but also under existing legal authorities given to the President of the United States. This executive order is no different than other executive actions issued by prior Presidents.

 Read the full release

Got Ideas?

Tue. November 25, 2014

The AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit has been scheduled for March 19-22, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago. The AFL wants to hear from young workers about what they want on the agenda.

The summit will bring together labor, community, youth activists for big picture coversations about the economy, organizing, training, etc. Share your ideas through the brain storming link today http://go.aflcio.org/NextUpBrainstorm to submit your workshop recommendations.

Download the flyer

Norwegian Air Peddles Scheme to Fly into U.S., Abolish Worker Rights

Tue. November 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit soon.