Last month, a United Nations panel held that cutting off water to Detroit residents suffering from high unemployment rates and low incomes, leaving them unable to afford their water bills, was a violation of basic human rights. This past weekend, actor Mark Ruffalo and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) joined close to a thousand protesters in a march organized by National Nurses United from Detroit’s Cobo Center to Hart Plaza. The chants of the crowd included “We got sold out, banks got bailed out." And there were renewed calls for a financial transaction tax, commonly referred to as a “Robin Hood tax.”
In its continuing mission to find new ways to serve union members and their families, Union Plus is sponsoring a contest to help three winners pay off a portion of their student loan debt. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 toward their student loan obligations, while there also will be two $5,000 prizes for runners-up. The contest also will give way other prizes, including courses, consultations and books provided by the Princeton Review.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
The U.S. Postal Service’s attempt to divert attention from its privatization scheme by changing the program’s name isn’t stopping the union movement’s mobilization against the plan or the boycott of Staples. Tomorrow, thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and allies will rally outside a Chicago Staples store.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity.
In our regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, it's not only elected officials who get in the way of a fair economy.