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    Utah's AFL-CIO website is a great resource for those interested in learning more about what is happening in the local labor movement. More »

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    Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and members of the Salt Lake County Council have a new name for the Kearns Senior Center.  Its new name is the Eddie P. Mayne Senior... More »

  • The union way up Featured Article The union way up The union way up

    The following Op-ed by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich appeared in the LA Times. The comments appearing following the article appear on the LA Times website. Why is this... More »

  • Bill could change the way unions form Featured News Article Bill could change the way unions form Bill could change the way unions form

    The Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier for workers to form unions by barring managers from firing or intimidating them. Employers are trying to stop it from becoming... More »

  • Senate hearings may be set to start on... Featured News Article Senate hearings may be set to start on... Senate hearings may be set to start on...

    The Senate health committee is set to host the first hearings of the legislative session on the Employee Free Choice Act this Tuesday, a union official says. It's the truest... More »

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Green Revolution - Ideology Holding America Back Last Updated on 2009-12-10 10:03:00 American competitiveness is severely hobbled by our "free market" and anti-government attitudes. One way our competitors hold us back is by encouraging this outdated ideology. Result: other countries have national economic/industrial strategies and we don't. So we lose. Remember how "chips" was a major driver of the economy in the 80s and 90s? Then the Internet drove the economy late 90's and early 2000s? The world understands that "green energy" is the next big industry that will drive the world economy. Actually, the rest of the world has understood this for some time and has been investing and inventing and innovating and building. Meanwhile over here America's big oil and coal companies bought themselves a Presidency and an anti-government ideology and a climate-change-denial industry that has cost us 8 years and counting. Now we're playing catch-up, and the rest of the world is... More »
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka statement on President Obama's jobs proposal Last Updated on 2009-12-08 00:00:00 STATEMENT BY AFL-CIO PRESIDENT RICHARD TRUMKA ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSALS TO ACCELERATE JOB GROWTH December 8, 2009 President Obama is right:  We must take urgent steps to create jobs.   And we must fundamentally rebuild our economy so we never again face the unnerving financial meltdown that confronted President Obama and all of America when he took office in January.  While Wall Street is busy cashing their bonus checks, now is the time for immediate action to stabilize the economy for struggling working Americans on Main Street.   We will be working hard and nonstop to help President Obama and responsible leaders in Congress succeed in creating jobs now. We must ensure that any plan is big and robust enough to meet the scale of the crisis we face.   I am encouraged that President Obama and his team are proposing many of  the same steps that we see... More »
New alliances between labor, greens and big business emerging Last Updated on 2009-12-04 10:21:33 The transformation of America’s environmental movement began, as ex-United Steelworkers board member David Foster recalls, in late 2004 in a borrowed conference room at a table surrounded by union officials, top aides and the always-present group of Washington assistants.   “We’re in this together,” Foster remembered Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope and Frances Beinecke, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, telling USW President Leo Gerard.   About the same time, another group of environmentalists began networking with equally unlikely partners.   Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute, asked General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt to help lobby for a national climate policy. The dialogue they launched eventually became the basis of legislation now in Congress to cap greenhouse gas emissions.   “We had been lobbying for what... More »
What Ever Happened to the Good Times the Tax-Cutters Promised? Last Updated on 2009-11-23 00:00:00 You don’t have to dig particularly deep, in the United States today, to find some striking similarities between today’s virulently anti-Obama “Tea Party” crowd and the media darlings who birthed the “Tax Revolt” phenomenon back in the late 1970s. The Tax Revolters burst onto the national scene amid an inflation-battered economy. They blamed “big government” for what ailed America, and they offered a simple remedy: cut taxes. Lower taxes, they promised, would get average Americans back on track. The Tea Party zealots have, like the Tax Revolters, also coalesced in tough economic times. They attack “big government,” too. They even make the same promises about taxes. But the Tea Party types, so far at least, haven’t scored any early political success. The Tax Revolters did. In 1978, in a ballot-box stunner, they passed a statewide initiative in California known as... More »
Responding to Climate Change by Speeding Job Creation Last Updated on 2009-11-18 09:55:43 From Bloomberg, we learn how China is pushing an ambitious domestic clean economy agenda, planning large scale projects that will keep their citizens employed and civil unrest at bay. A 20 gigawatt wind farm that will be the world's largest is scheduled for completion by 2020 and, as the Bloomberg article also notes, the country will also be building the world's largest solar installation and embarking on an enormous reforestation project. (They've either been paying attention to the latest research indicating that forests can attract their own rain, or they're just sick to the teeth of the dust storms. Either way, they're being proactive.) For a country that doesn't want to be tied to binding international targets, China's still doing a good job of jumping into the climate problem with both feet. How could we get there? First, we obviously have very different economic and social... More »