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Members of the SC AFL-CIO, Columbia Central Labor Council and a handful of volunteer supporters showed up on a frosty Monday morning to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr., March to the Stat

On a rainy December Saturday morning, some members of the Columbia Central Labor Council and their friends walked through the streets of that city as part of an annual Christmas parade and handed o

The 2018 Convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO was once again held in Georgetown. The event barely missed a hurricane like the one that cut the previous year’s convention short.

The 2017 Convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO was compressed and cut short by the threat of a hurricane evacuation but was still well-attended.  The annual meeting was held in the coastal city of Georgetown.

Pres. Erin McKee said that the event was a complete success in spite of the pending storm, that it takes a lot more than weather to keep labor leaders from coming together.

Groups from various South Carolina union groups got up early on Labor Day morning to participate in two separate parades:  Charleston and Chapin.  

The event in Chapin, north of Columbia near the densely populated Irmo and Lake Murray areas, is part of that town's annual festival and draws thousands of people each year.  The Chapin entry is typically organized by IATSE 347 and this year also included participation from the Greater Columbia Central Labor Council and the SC AFL-CIO.  Participants passed out Labor Day stickers to youngsters and pro-labor postcards to adults.

Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, I learned at an early age the power of unions to dramatically improve the opportunities of black families in America.

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The tension between work and time off has always been a concern of the American labor movement. Work may be one of our core values, but it has a purpose, which is to allow us to live good lives, provide for ourselves and our families and, yes, to earn some time off to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Today, work and time off are badly out of balance, and Labor Day is a case in point.

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Working people are taking fewer vacation days and working more. That's the top finding in a new national survey, conducted by polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the AFL-CIO in collaboration with the Economic Policy Institute and the Labor Project for Working Families. In the survey, the majority of America's working people credit labor unions for many of the benefits they receive.

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.

In January, I was invited to serve on President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, along with my boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. At the time, I was deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO (the largest federation of trade unions in America) and a spokesperson for the organization on trade, manufacturing, and economic policy. President Trumka and I agreed to serve because we believed — and still do — that working people should have a voice in crucial government decisions affecting their jobs, their lives, and their families.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.