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The SC  AFL-CIO 2017 Legislative Conference is planned for Columbia March 21st and 22nd and all workers are encouraged to attend.  

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a major address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2017. He assessed opportunities around trade and infrastructure that could create jobs, as well as possible threats to workers' rights. President Trumka spoke about the labor movement's strategy to create a unifying agenda for working families, and the importance it places on ensuring that all workers have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

 

Labor leaders from around the state came to Columbia March 21-22 for the annual Legislative Conference held by the SC AFL-CIO.  

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains why CEO Andrew Puzder, President Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Labor, is a bad choice for the office and will not be the advocate working people need. He urges senators to reject his nomination and so can you.

Cans and dry goods were collected by the Chad Panzer agency of American Income Life Insurance Company.  They were brought to Columbia by Bill Sauers and sorted by members of the Columbia CLC.  They will be distributed to families in need by the SC AFL-CIO. (Pictured left to right: Donna Dewitt, CWA 3207; Ann Swartz, AFGE 1915; Sandy Squirewell, ITPEU 4873; Liz O'Caine CWA 3207; and Harold Geddings SMART 399.)

Donald Trump will soon decide whether or not to repeal a number of pro-worker regulations that make a real difference in the lives of working people.

Read the full article in The HIll.

The Annual King Day at the Dome drew thousands to the South Carolina Statehouse(Mon., 1/16/17), honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Participants marched down Main St. and then listened to speakers on the front grounds of the Statehouse for a few hours, including the SC NAACP.  

Representatives of the Columbia CLC carried a banner with a quotation from King(pictured).

Color Gaurd Members and Officers of the International Association of Firefighters Local #793, honoring Becky Kitchen Jetzke with their International Flag following the death of her husband James Jetzke.  The presentation was made during the meeting of the Greater Columbia Central Labor Council at SC AFL-CIO offices Tuesday night.  Jetzke died of a sudden medical condition.

When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Staples birthed a retail partnership in 2013, USPS said “it’s time to celebrate.” But now, that program has been sentenced to death and it is postal labor leaders who are rejoicing. They cheer the demise of a program that had been the target of a vigorous campaign by postal unions that don’t want the post office privatized.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

The head of the AFL-CIO and House Democrats are hoping President-elect Donald Trump and his recent pick for U.S. trade representative will put workers’ rights at the top of the list of demands during trade negotiations. A group of lawmakers and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the case during a news conference at the Capitol Jan. 3, a day after Trump said he will nominate Robert Lighthizer, a Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP lawyer, as U.S. trade representative.

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Andy Puzder, the CEO of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains, to be America’s next labor secretary. In doing so, Trump may be drawing more attention to the plight of low-wage workers than he could have imagined. Puzder’s company violated minimum wage law by paying Hardee’s workers with pre-paid Visa debit cards.