Sitting in the office of the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, one sees books on labor history, economics, corporate crimes and proposals for change piled up everywhere. Perhaps that helps explain why Mr. Trumka, a former coal miner who became a lawyer, presented his besieged organization’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles last week with a fiery visionary “big tent” design to develop more alliances with citizen and worker organizations that are not trade unions.
Calling Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democratic Party, elected officials, political operatives and labor’s leader Richard Trumka. Thirty million American workers want and need a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour which is slightly less than their predecessors got in 1968 – yes 1968 – adjusted for inflation. What will it take for you to make this a priority?
Of course you all would like to see these desperate workers get an additional $2,000 – $4,500 a year for the barest necessities of life for themselves and their children. Continue reading
Dear President Obama:
Happy Labor Day! This is your third opportunity as President to go beyond your past tepid Labor Day proclamations.
You could convey to 150 million workers that you’re going to start doing something about your 2008 campaign promises to labor. Recall that you clearly promised to press for a $9.50 federal minimum wage by 2011. Arguing that having millions of Walmart type workers make the leap from the present $7.25 per hour will pump nearly $200 billion in consumer demand for our recessionary economy.
Bill Moyers Journal
January 29, 2010
by Helen Cox, used with permission
The JOURNAL explores what the Supreme Court’s decision means for campaign finance reform and the future of our democracy with legal experts Monica Youn, of the Brennan Center for Law and Justice at NYU School of Law and Zephyr Teachout, of Fordham University’s School of Law.
Richard Trumka on the State of the Unions
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka joins Bill Moyers on the JOURNAL to talk about why he thinks labor remains relevant, how labor has fared thus far under the Obama presidency, and the role he envisions for unions in the future
Remembering Howard Zinn
Bill Moyers remembers Howard Zinn.
January 30, 2010
Bill Moyers comments on Howard Zinn’s passing.
As post script I added a few words, a standing ovation, and a pic from the last time I spoke with him, back in Nov.
R.I.P Howard. We’ll keep fighting.