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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.

Imagine this: It's Sunday morning and you walk into the church you grew up attending. You have not been to service in a few years. For most of that time, you worked the night shift as an emergency-room nurse and the occasional weekends you had off were filled with sick children, aging parents and digging out from snowstorms. But you are there now. The usher asks your name and when you answer, he frowns and says "I'm so sorry, since you haven't exercised your religious freedom in the last six years, I'll have to ask you to leave."

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to face deportation.

A few dozen boxes of canned goods were distributed immediately before and after Christmas, free of charge to recipients who needed them, thanks to the Columbia Central Labor Council(CLC).  

The Greater Columbia Central Labor Council has installed officers for a 2-year term.

Officers sworn in for their second terms include President Sandy Squirewell(ITPEU/OEPIU 4873); Vice-President Donna Dewitt(SC ARA); and Sec.-Treas. William Christopher(NWU 1981).  Leigh Vandegrift(IATSE 347) took the oath as a Trustee. CLC member Curtis Randolph(CWA 3207) read the oath of office from the CLC Constitution.

A decade ago or so, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that making the Bush tax cuts permanent — rather than letting them expire in 2010 — would increase the after-tax income of people earning $1 million or more up to 7 percent, an order of magnitude more than it would increase the size of the economy in the long term.

These days, it’s hard to keep straight all of Congress’ efforts to build plutocracy — the further consolidation of the power of the richest Americans at the expense of the rest of us. 

With the Senate passing a multi-trillion dollar job-killing giveaway of our tax dollars to the people and companies who need it least, you might have missed the bill moving through the Senate to deregulate Wall Street and consumer finance. 

Columbia CLC participation in the 2017 Columbia Christmas Parade came off as a success according to CLC President Sandy Squirewell and SC AFL-CIO Pres. Erin McKee, compared to the last few years where a lack of participation hurt the entry.  McKee was among those who walked in this year's event and helped to carry a banner.

Those walking carried a total of 5 banners, bearing everything from the AFL message, to the CLC banner bearing the AFL mantra, "From the People Who Brought You the Weekend" to one stating that "Right to Work = Low Wages."  

As National Apprenticeship Week kicks off, a new report from the Working for America Institute and Jobs With Justice Education Fund profiles a Washington state apprenticeship program as a successful example of a workforce intermediary partnership. These partnerships bring together unions and employers to recruit, train, and diversify the workforce for a given industry or a specific employer.