unions

  • By Jackie Jeter, President of the Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President of Labor 411

    Despite the challenges the labor movement has faced with recent policy changes imposed by the Trump administration, the spirit of organized labor burned bright in 2017 in Washington DC. The Nation’s Capital scored a significant victory in July when the minimum wage was increased to $12.50 per hour.


  • By Evan Henerson

    To some extent, we knew what the conclusion would be before the researchers from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) arrived at it.

  • By Michael Messina

    It’s true, the building and construction trades, through the lens of Hollywood, often get a pretty bad rap. Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame) says it’s time, in this video by ATTN:, to reassess and rewrite the notion that jobs in the trades industry are not to be idealized or respected.

  • By Evan Henerson

    Here’s yet another reason why America – and unions in particular - can’t lose Bernie Sanders.

  • By Evan Henerson

    New Hampshire may be a small state population-wise, but it’s union proud.


  • By Evan Henerson

    As if the tidings of national right-to-work legislation weren’t bad enough, now several states are bracing for the same fight.

  • By Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President Labor 411

    Despite a November election that has left the country bitterly divided, the 2016 holiday season is no occasion for bitterness. As we near the end of another successful year in the ongoing fight for better wages, hours and benefits, our dedicated L.A. workers have reason for celebration. Highlights from 2016 include United Food and Commercial Workers agreeing on a new contract that protects more than 50,000 grocery workers, the creation of the Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative, the passage of the affordable housing and local jobs ballot measure Proposition JJJ, and citywide participation in the Day of Disruption in support of union rights and a higher minimum wage for workers across a spectrum of industries. Whatever the season, we can count on L.A’s unions to stay hawkish for positive change throughout the city and nationally.

  • By Jackie Jeter, President of the Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, President of Labor 411

    After surviving a game-changing national election that will change the landscape of our nation, Washington DC gears up for the final holiday season of the Obama administration. From a union perspective, 2016 has been a year of action and progress. A few of the many highlights include supporting our service workers brothers and sisters in their continuing fight for a living wage at National and Washington Dulles Airports, seeing the United Food and Commercial Workers approve new contracts with Safeway and Giant, and our continued participation in the ongoing Fight for 15. We salute the work of all our union brothers and sisters in their fight to build a strong middle class.

  • By Michael Messina

    Let’s be clear, more union households voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump. The Democratic side still holds the upper hand there, but exit polls showed a swing this year that clearly helped Trump win the presidency.

  • By Michael Messina

    The idea is fairly simple: Stronger representation for workers means higher wages means more spending power for the majority of the U.S. means a healthy economy. That first step, stronger representation, means unions need to regain the voice they once had. A recent article in Time brings this longstanding argument back into the light as a new study from the Center for American Progress claims unions are the way to a “robust recovery.”