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“What we know from RNRN’s work in previous disaster-stricken areas, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as post-earthquake Haiti and super typhoon Haiyan, is that after an initial surge

Working people are taking fewer vacation days and working more.

As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another.
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.

Undocumented workers are refusing to cooperate with U.S. Department of Labor investigations due to deportation fears, in some cases even declining to accept back wages owed to them and running away from staff who show up at their workplace, according to agency employees and internal emails.

Read the full article in The Guardian.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called President Trump's first proposed budget "dangerous and destructive" Thursday. The leader of the nation's largest labor federation said Trump's budget plan, which would shift $54 billion from various agencies to boost defense spending, would undercut the president's claims that he wants to help working families.

RoseAnn DeMoro, president of National Nurses United, says President Trump has abandoned his campaign promises and that the "false promise of health savings accounts, which, without any effective constraints on corporate healthcare price gouging, primarily benefit the banking industry and higher income people, not those who can not afford to buy insurance now."

Read the full article on The Hill.

Donald Trump thinks the only way to make America great again is to bring back millions of manufacturing jobs, but what he and his supporters don’t get is that there’s nothing inherently great about a job in a factory. The “greatness” of a factory job had almost nothing to do with the job itself and almost everything to do with the fact that workers had some power to bargain with the bosses to get better pay, better benefits and better working conditions.

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.)

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.