Labor Silent in Opposing NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade; Here’s Where They Used to Stand

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 9:53 am

In the 14 hours since the White House dumped the news of a NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade agreement on a Friday night, labor unions are deafly silent in opposing this job-killing agreement.

UAW came out in support, but to our count, no other unions have said a word. Firedoglake reported last night that President Obama, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Members of Congress worked the phones yesterday to keep unions quiet. The Steelworkers are reportedly on the fence about supporting, and their goal for the AFL-CIO is neutrality, or silence. So far, it’s working.

In the absence of any opposition from anyone in labor on the new NAFTA, I thought I’d do a public service and show where labor and its allies used to stand on this NAFTA-style agreement, before they were pushed back into the veal pen.

Trumka Frustrated by “Pro-Business” Bent of Obama Administration

By: Monday October 4, 2010 12:42 pm

Laura Flanders of GRITtv spoke with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last week about jobs, Trumka’s union experience, and the future of the labor movement. Trumka is clearly aggravated about a lack of progress on jobs, saying that President Obama “is probably more pro-business than anybody in the past.” He also says “the worst thing this president could do” is replace Larry Summers with a CEO.

Trumka Calls out Palin in Alaska, She Responds “You Lie” on Facebook

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 9:12 pm

Speaking to union members in Anchorage, Alaska today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Sarah Palin would “go down in history like [Joe] McCarthy,” and predicted that “Palinism will become an ugly word.”

Palin(‘s ghostwriter) took the time to pen a longer response on Facebook posted tonight, in which Palin asks union members to consider “a different home for you: the commonsense conservative movement … you won’t regret it.”

Massey Stock Upgraded to “Buy” as Mine Disaster “Immaterial” to Profit

By: Monday April 12, 2010 11:16 am

This morning’s news from the S&P stock exchange should be music to Don Blankenship’s ears. Massey’s stock has been upgraded to a “buy” because the accident should be “immaterial” to Massey’s finances. This is the bet that Blankenship made with the lives of 29 miners: that he could risk their lives without risking his profits. Richard Trumka called this disaster “the inevitable result of a profit-driven system and reckless corporate conduct.” He couldn’t be more correct. And Don Blankenship couldn’t care less.

Trumka: Disaster “the Inevitable Result of a Profit-Driven System and Reckless Corporate Conduct”

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 5:25 pm

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today on the Massey Energy Montcoal mine disaster, slamming Massey and CEO Don Blankenship for recklessness while honoring the miners and their rescuers.

AFL-CIO to Urge No Votes on All Senate Amendments – Including Public Option If Introduced

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 9:57 am

With the Senate vote-arama commencing this afternoon on the health reform fixes in the reconciliation bill, the AFL-CIO is telling Senators to vote no on any and all amendments – including the public option if it’s introduced.

Unable to Pay for Health Care Bill, Dems Look to Raise Excise Tax on Middle Class

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 5:00 pm

This is frankly rather amazing in that totally-saw-it-coming way. We’ve been waiting for days to see the CBO score to see how much the final health care bill will cost, with the goals being to both reduce the deficit and to fit under the arbitrary $900 billion cap posed by Obama.

It seems they’ve been unable to do so, as Ben Smith now reports that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is on his way to the White House to discuss plans by Democrats to actually raise the tax on middle class health care plans in order to pay for the bill.

Labor Movement Reacts to State of the Union

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 12:50 pm

The collective reaction to the State of the Union from the labor movement seems to be, “Let’s see what you’ve got, Obama.” Leaders from across the movement commended the President for his speech and his agenda, with a collective focus on jobs as the takeaway from the speech. But with a notable exception: International Association of Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger unloads on Obama for a lack of specifics on jobs.

AFL-CIO President Trumka Arrested During Hotel Boycott

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 1:28 am

Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, got himself arrested along with dozens of workers boycotting the Hilton San Francisco.

AFL-CIO on LieberCare: “Inadequate,” “Wrong Way”

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 4:02 pm

The AFL-CIO issued a statement on LieberCare, and the labor federation isn’t happy. President Richard Trumka says the current bill is “inadequate,” is funded “the wrong way,” and stops short of outright opposing the whole package for now.

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