Posts from Jackie Tortora

Working People Unite: ‘I'm with Chuck’

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

Chuck Jones is a man of passion, conviction and integrity who would do anything for his union brothers and sisters. USW President Leo W. Gerard is exactly right—Chuck is a hero. An attack on him is an attack on all working people.

Chuck is right to call out the president-elect for inflating the number of jobs that will be saved at Carrier. He understands better than anyone that these are more than numbers—they are people with families to support and bills to pay.

Instead of attacking those who have been working hard to save jobs, the president-elect needs to engage with local union leaders at Carrier and at his hotel in Las Vegas. Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas is breaking the law by not bargaining with its newly unionized employees. Mr. Trump will soon occupy the White House. His words and actions need to befit that office.

Teachers, Working People in Unions, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Urge President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Speech

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

As the number of hate-related incidents has been escalating in the recent days following the 2016 election campaign marked by the extreme and hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump, working people in unions are calling on the president-elect to take a stand. During his acceptance speech, Trump said he would work to unite all working people.

Working people are demanding that Trump commit to representing all of America’s people by "loudly, forcefully, unequivocally and consistently denouncing these acts and the ideology that drives them."

Today, AFT hosted a press conference where teachers and leaders of faith spoke out against this hateful rhetoric and the incidents they've seen rise in schools and institute of higher learning as a result. Watch the video below (the program in the video starts at the 15 minute mark):

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Why Should We Believe Anything Donald Trump Says? He Buys His Steel from China

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

Another Donald Trump bombshell dropped this week—and it's not pretty. 

Trump talks a big game on creating good manufacturing jobs in the United States, but his business practices say otherwise. 

A new Newsweek study shows Trump purchased steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than from U.S. producers, in at least two of his three recent construction projects.

Did it somehow slip his mind there are steel manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin?

Newsweek points out there's nothing illegal about Trump using foreign materials and manufacturers, but it's laughable to think Trump has ever really cared about America's manufacturing:

Trump has not committed any crimes by purchasing his steel and aluminum from China, nor did he engage in wrongdoing by using Chinese textile factories to make his clothing lines. But, given the only beneficiaries of his decisions to go with cheaper Chinese metals for his construction project are Trump and his family, he is not someone who ever attempted to lead by example by only buying products made in America. He filled his bank accounts with millions of dollars that could have gone to blue-collar workers, many of whom now believe he is the man who will bring back the jobs that he secretly helped to destroy.

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10 Facts on the Minimum Wage

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

On the anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25, it's timely to go over some basic facts on the minimum wage. 

Here are 10 important figures to remember when we talk about the minimum wage:

$18.42

How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept pace with productivity (i.e., how much we can produce, on average, for an hour’s worth of work) over the past 48 years. It would grow to more than $19 per hour by 2017. Instead, it’s $7.25. Learn more.

$15,080

The annual income for a full-time employee working the entire year at the federal minimum wage.

0

The number of states where a minimum wage working person can afford a one-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week—without paying more than 30% of their income. Learn more.

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Donald Trump Gets a Million-Dollar Loan from His Dad and Thinks Your Wages Are Too High

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

Funny, we think candidates who support working people would agree it's becoming harder and harder to afford a middle-class life. Wages simply haven't kept up with the cost of living. 

Yet Donald Trump, who got a boost from dad with a million-dollar loan, thinks our wages are too high already

And he says he's for working people...

Pro Right to Work Politicians in West Virginia Attack Working People on the State Senate Floor

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

West Virginia state Sen. Robert Karnes (R) doesn't think too highly of everyday working people trying to create a better life and earn wages to sustain a family on. In fact, he called the concerned citizens who attended a recent "right to work" bill debate "free riders." Watch the video above.

Karnes is one of the Republicans in leadership in the West Virginia Senate pushing a bill that out-of-state corporate CEOs just love. One that would lower wages, make workplaces less safe, increase poverty and lower access to adequate health care. It's clear the Republican leaders don't think too highly of West Virginia's working people. 

Jesse Isbell from Oklahoma City, Okla., knows all about the dangerous effects of right to work legislation. The law was passed in 2001 in Oklahoma and five years later, Isbell lost his job of 36 years at the Bridgestone Tire plant when the work was shipped to Mexico.

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Union-Made Labor Day Shopping List

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. While the day honors the hardworking women and men who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.

Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists. 

Our list comes courtesy of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's website Labor 411 and Union Plus.

 

Meat & Buns & Bread & Beans

  • Arnold
  • Ball Park franks
  • Earthgrains bread
  • Entenmann's
  • Hebrew National franks
  • Nature's Harvest bread
  • Oroweat bread and buns
  • Oscar Meyer & Boar’s Head hot dogs
  • Oroweat buns (hot dogs and burgers)
  • Stroehmann bread and buns
  • Sara Lee buns (hot dogs and burgers)
  • Burnham and Morrill (baked beans)
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The Election Is A Coming

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

November 4 is coming right around the bend, if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win. Are you ready to elect candidates this fall who'll support working people instead of CEOs and corporations? Pledge to vote this November! go.aflcio.org/vote-pledge

-Lyrics and performance by Electrical Workers (IBEW) member Kirk Brungard, AFL-CIO, music by American Federation of Musicians (AFM) member Johnny Cash.

What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

There's been a lot of head scratching over what this announcement means and its implications for other large companies and workers at these kind of fast food franchises, so here is some basic information to break it all down for you.

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'Must Read' Raising Wages Story of the Week: 6 Ways to Reconnect Hard Work with Decent Pay

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

'Must Read' Raising Wages Story of the Week: 6 Ways to Reconnect Hard Work with Decent Pay

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly?

Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains

Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages.

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