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In the Huffington Post, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard writes that "[e]ver worsening is the chasm between the lo

“NAFTA is a disaster,” Celeste Drake, a trade and globalization policy specialist at AFL-CIO, told Bloomberg BNA. “We don’t think it needs to be tinkered with.

“I am your voice” — that’s what Donald Trump promised American workers at the Republican National Convention last July. Yet this month, the Trump administration took an unprecedented step toward quelling the voices of workers.
The annual convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO will be held September 7th-9th in Georgetown.  
Speakers will include Mark Dudzic with The Labor Campaign for Single Payer who will speak in support of a single-payer health care system.  Go to laborforsinglepayer.org.
Mike Morrill with Progress South in Columbia is another confirmed speaker.  That organization's website is www.progresssouth.net.

Around a dozen protestors carried signs reading "Immigrants Built this Country," "Deport Trump Not Immigrants," etc. during a lunchtime protest May 1st, International Workers' Day.  Some signs were in Spanish with statements like "You Are Not Alone."  The event was held in front of Encore Boats, a Lexington County manufacturer who terminated 21 employees after the workers participated in the Immigrants No-Show Day Feb. 16th.  Those 21 were among only a hundred who were fired nationwide following the event.  

More than a thousand protestors participated in the post-inaugural Women's Day of Action Rally which was combined with the Progressive Network's Stand Up Rally in Columbia(1-21-17).  

The list of speakers included Leonard Riley with the ILA Local 1422 out of Charleston.  The Longshoremen were well-represented at the event.  Some of the union members included representatives of SMART, CWA, IATSE, ARA, NNU and NWU.  

One of the breakout sessions following an organizing summit was focused on labor.

In a blistering speech slated to be delivered to more than 1,400 teachers on Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten likens U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to a climate-change denier, saying DeVos refuses to acknowledge "the good in our public schools and their foundational place in our democracy."

Read the full article in the USA Today.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the North American Free Trade Agreement had been an "unequivocal failure" and should be completely renegotiated. "We will do everything we can to make this a good agreement and to hold the president at this word and make sure we get a renegotiation," he told a conference call with reporters. "If it comes out that it is not a good deal, no deal is better than a bad deal," said Trumka.

Read the full articles in Reuters.

“The decisions and actions of the NLRB have real consequences for working people,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said on Wednesday. “A fair and functioning NLRB can protect the freedom of working people to negotiate a fair return on our work so we can provide for our families. A partisan, ideologically driven NLRB can further empower corporations and CEOs to take away our freedoms at work.”

Read the full article in The Hill.

Much of the debate over Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act has focused on the impact cuts would have on working-age adults, millions of whom gained coverage under the healthcare law that President Obama signed in 2010. But in Fayette County and 779 other mostly rural counties across the country — the vast majority of which went for Trump — more than half the children rely for coverage on Medicaid and the related Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, according to a Times analysis of county voting data, census data and Medicaid enrollment data.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders writes in The Hill: "Freedom is one of the most cherished American principles. But freedom means more than the ability to speak your mind, practice your religion, or choose your own democratically elected leaders. Our freedoms don’t end with the First Amendment to the Constitution."

Read the full article in The Hill.