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Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

On May 7, while recovering from an illness, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley died suddenly.  In a brief statement, his family,

Patt Moon-Updike wanted to be a nurse since she was 9 years old.

The South Carolina Association for Retired Americans(SC ARA) will join the Greater Columbia Central Labor Council(CLC) in celebrating the 83rd anniversary of Social Security and the 53rd anniversary of Medicare. 

Last year saw increased threats to both programs from conservative lawmakers on the federal as well as state level.  And President Trump has proposed cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—breaking his promise to protect these essential programs.  At the same time, Trump’s budget provides already wealthy Americans with an additional $550 BILLION in tax cuts. 

The South Carolina Association of Retired Americans(SC ARA) will join the Greater Columbia Central Labor Council(CLC) in celebrating the 83rd anniversary of Social Security and the 53rd anniversary of Medicare. 

Last year saw increased threats to both programs from conservative lawmakers on the federal as well as state level.  And President Trump has proposed cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—breaking his promise to protect these essential programs.  At the same time, Trump’s budget provides already wealthy Americans with an additional $550 BILLION in tax cuts. 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the nation’s labor movement has come to a conclusion about President Donald Trump’s latest U.S. Supreme Court nominee: “Workers are united to defeat Kavanaugh,” he declares.

His statement was part of a much longer July 12 speech behind closed doors to Democratic U.S. House candidates. While Trumka did not cite specific cases and rulings, the federation previously compiled a string of anti-worker decisions and statements by federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh in his dozen years on the bench.

Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, who was the Nobel laureate in economics in 2001, spoke at a talk on Monday with Damon Silvers, the director of policy and special counsel at the AFL-CIO, part of a day-long strategy session on “Bargaining for the Common Good in the World of Global Finance” held by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in New York, a non-profit political German foundation.

House Democratic candidates in town this week for training at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington got a visit from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka for some tips on how they can win back working-class voters.

“I don’t have to tell you that you can’t count on the D next to your name to gain our support,” Trumka told Democratic leadership and a room full of candidates on Red to Blue, the DCCC’s program for its strongest candidates.

In the belly of the political beast in DC, grassroots organizers gathered at AFL-CIO headquarters to discuss collective action under Trump, beyond the beltway. Activists representing teachers, housekeepers, graduate students, and airline workers talked about union power in the wake of the Janus decision and keeping hope alive for the next generation of young labor leaders.

The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Their membership has been declining for decades. They’ve been bedeviled by crippling new laws, and by a devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision just this week. From all appearances, it would seem that labor unions are an endangered species.

But here’s the surprise: Organized labor is showing new signs of life.