Each year we spend billions of dollars subsidizing profits at large international corporations because they refuse to pay their workers a living wage. It is not fair that taxpayers are footing the bill because these companies’ full-time workers are paid poverty wages and require public assistance just to be able to afford their rent and feed their families.

If these corporations won’t take action, then we will fight for their workers. Click here to tell Congress to raise the minimum wage:


Happy Birthday AFSCME!

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees turns 75 years old today.  AFSCME is a 1.6 million member union of public sector employees.  There may not be a union more hated by Republicans.

When Black Education Charity Takes Funds from Conservatives, Guess How a Public Sector Union Reacts?

The United Negro College Fund, whose famous motto is, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” recently accepted a $25 million grant from the Koch brothers.

In fact, AFSCME has pulled all of its funding from UNCF and said it will no longer work with them.

Since 2003, AFSCME has co-sponsored a scholarship with UNCF, giving away $50,000-$60,000 a year towards a scholarship. The Koch Brothers just gave more than four times what AFSCME has given over 11 years.
One obvious reason why liberal groups and unions like AFSCME give these gifts to minority charities is because they then demand their loyalty to the left’s political agenda. When AFSCME yanks funding from a charity that sponsors education for minorities, it makes obvious its intentions – not so much sponsoring education for blacks, but putting up appearances for PR reasons and attempting to control minorities for the left’s agenda.
Detroit Demonstration Shuts Down City Hall for Two Hours in Protest Over Racist-Dictatorial Rule

Opponents of Michigan’s new emergency law took their protest inside Detroit city hall today, chanting and singing in front of security officers who would not let them further inside.

The protesters, who earlier started their demonstration by marching from the offices of the American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees on West Lafayette to the federal courthouse a few blocks away, agreed to leave about 1 p.m., about two hours after they first gathered outside city hall where they sang “We Shall Not Be Moved,’’ an American folk song often sung during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s.

“I woke up this morning ready to get arrested,” said the Rev. Charles Williams II, a protest organizer, and head of the local chapter of the National Action Network.

Williams said the protesters wanted to visit Mayor Dave Bing on the 11th floor and tell him to “man up” and fight the emergency manager’s arrival.

Women workers still earn, on average, 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. And the wages for jobs held by women of color reflect both sex and race discrimination. African-American women earn about two-thirds of men’s wages, and Hispanic women earn less than 60 percent. This needs to change. Take action now - tell Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act:
Red Cross strikers win new contract

From People’s World:

FARMINGTON, Conn. - Just days after striking workers at Red Cross received a solidarity boost on their picket line with union sisters and brothers from around the state at a Rally for Justice, they won a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The 225 members  of AFSCME Local 3145, who represent blood collection workers at the Connecticut Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, launched an unfair labor practice strike on November 3, after negotiating for nearly three years without a contract.  

The strike lasted nearly two weeks.  Members will vote shortly on the contract which the negotiation team recommends for approval.

Hillary Just Landed MAJOR Endorsement In Her Quest For The White House

Hillary Just Landed MAJOR Endorsement In Her Quest For The White House

When it comes to who will fight for the American people and their rights as workers, the largest trade union of public employees in the United States has chosen who they want as their candidate for president. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has just endorsed Hillary Clinton. After collecting feedback from members over the past six months, the 35-person…

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What: Statewide UC Action: Funeral for Workers’ Rights

Sproul Plaza, University of California Berkeley

To Celebrate University of California Workers and demand UC Labor Management to bring Worker Right’s back.

Thursday, March 7

Facebook Event: R.I.P. Worker’s Rights at UC: March 7th Statewide Remembrance

Supreme Court Fixing To Strangle Uppity Public Worker Unions Dead, Maybe

Big things at the Supreme Court Monday, with oral arguments in a case that could do Seriously Bad Things to public sector unions. If the plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association win, unions representing public workers could “lose tens of millions of dollars and find their effectiveness diminished.” Yeah, again. Let’s Wonksplain.