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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.

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.

A strong educational system is the bedrock of a healthy democracy. There is a corollary to this fact: A poorly educated public is more likely to be tempted by tyrants, more easily seduced into believing that avarice, greed and consumerism are virtues, and will more readily betray the common good. In many ways, an educational system that does not encourage critical thinking and speaking truth to power is doing the work of authoritarianism.

A strong endorsement of government-run single-payer Medicare for All as the ultimate solution to U.S. health care ills highlighted position statements from the just-concluded summer AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.

A federal minimum-wage increase is the clearest and most effective way to raise pay for millions of low-wage workers. As a recent EPI report states, a $15 federal minimum wage by 2024 would restore its lost value and by 2019 would be worth more than the historic inflation-adjusted high point of 1968. An estimated 22.5 million workers would see an increase in pay.

Read the full article in The American Prospect.

“I’ve never seen a labor campaign of this size,” says the civil rights movement veteran Frank Figgers. “This is a historic struggle about overcoming the effects of slavery in Mississippi.” Figgers is attending a meeting of 100 Nissan workers at a church preparing for the last push ahead of a historic union election for 4,000 Nissan workers set to take place on August 2-3 in Canton, Mississippi.

Read the full article in The Guardian.