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Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income
Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.Read more >>>
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ARIZONA AFL-CIO ISSUES 2014 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
The Arizona AFL-CIO has issued its political endorsements for the 2014 General Election. Voting kicks off with early voting and vote by mail next week (October 9, 2014).
Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly. Read the full article>>>
It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>
When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
A Rare Win For The Unions? Staples Abandons Postal Service Trial
The labor movement hasn’t had the best 2014 so far, with a bruising defeat for the UAW in its attempts to organize auto workers in the South, and an ominous Supreme Court ruling for public sector unions. But today, the American Postal Workers Union and its allies seem to be making progress in an important battle.
The APWU has long opposed a trial program, which began in the fall of 2013, to offer postal services at Staples stores. The program, the union said, would undermine the role of post offices and shift postal worker jobs to lower paid and less experienced Staples retail staff. In April, it called on other unions to join it in boycotting Staples in protest of the program.
And on Monday, days after the 1.6 million member American Federation of Teachers said it would join the boycott, Staples and the USPS told the WSJ the pilot program would be discontinued. The 82 Staples outlets offering postal services will shift to the more established Post Office Approved Shipper program already available in thousands of retail outlets across the country.Read more >>>
Please join our Labor and Political communities for the Arizona AFL-CIO's Annual Labor Day Breakfast September 1, 2014.
This year we will be honoring U.S. Representative Ed Pastor who is retiring after decades of service to the people of his district and to the entire state.
We will also be hearing from and meeting with Arizona political candidates for state and local offices.
For ticket information please contact the Arizona AFL-CIO at 602-631-4488 or email email@example.com
Here are the political endorsements made by the Arizona AFL-CIO for the 2014 Primary Election.
Governor Fred Duval
Congress Ann Kirkpatrick CD-1, Ron Barber CD-2, Raul Grijalva CD-3, Kyrsten Sinema CD-9, Ruben Gallego CD-7
Corp Comm Sandra Kennedy
Mari. Brd of Super Steve Gallardo
There's more....Read more >>>
Two AFL-CIO Mobilization Coordinators Needed.
About the Arizona AFL-CIO
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The Grace Carroll Rockey Mountain Labor School is coming up July 13-18th and is being held on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
A copy of the school schedule can be downloaded using the "Resource" link below.
Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School is the most comprehensive and dynamic training program for labor leadership development. No matter the role you play in your local union, the skills and knowledge provided throughout the week will make you a stronger and more informed activist in your workplace. Talk to your local today about attending the Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School in Flagstaff, Arizona on
Follow this link to the application page.Read more >>>
INFORMATION SHEET AND APPLICATION ARE ATTACHED AS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
MARICOPA AREA LABOR FEDERATION
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a current union member or a dependent of a union member in good standing in a local affiliated with the Maricopa Area Labor Federation who will be pursing post-secondary education or participating in a certified apprenticeship program in 2014.
Successful applicants must submit evidence of acceptance from the school, college, or apprenticeship program they plan to or are currently attend.
Previous winners are not eligible.
CONTEST RULES: Applicants are to submit a researched essay on one of the following topics:
1. Is the Labor Movement still relevant to working people today?
The essay/research paper should be the student’s own work, 750-1000 words in length, typed, double-spaced, and in a standard research paper format. Research sources are of the applicant’s choosing, but should be cited in a separate bibliography. Essays will be evaluated according to their content, organization, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions (grammar, spelling, etc.).
A cover letter with the applicant’s name, address, union affiliation and essay title should be submitted with the essay. DO NOT write on the essay the name or address, school, grade, or union affiliation of the applicant.
Submission deadline for application and paper is 5:00 PM on Friday May 16, 2014.
Help labor get the recognition we deserve!
Nominate Arizona AFL-CIO's Annual "Day of Action" for recognition by Capitol Times.
Just follow the link to Capitol Times nomination form.
Go to item #30 to nominate our Capitol Lawn Event held March 3rd that included a luncheon with legislators, staff and union members, as well as lobbying workshops for members. http://goo.gl/0387qT Thanks!
Two-Day Action Alert: For the next two days (Wednesday & Thursday), at 1:00 PM, CBA will protest the office of Cathi Herrod, the super lobbyist responsible for SB 1062.
Mrs. Herrod is the President of the ultra conservative Center for Arizona Policy, which has been pushing hateful legislation like SB 1062 for years in Arizona. Cathi Herrod was also the force behind the scenes that killed an Anti-Bullying bill two years ago, claiming that it was a grand conspiracy for gays to "gain access to our schools and to our children."
Maricopa Area Labor Federation
There will be four scholarships awarded – (1) $2,000 – (1) $1,000 – (2) $500
Applicants may use any source available to them for this paper, but this paper must be their own work and should be in a standard research paper style. Grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling will also be factors in the evaluation of each paper.
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As Arizona’s U.S. Senators and Congressmen Head Home for the Holidays
We were just made aware of this hearing on Friday in Apache Junction called "Obamacare Implementation: The Broken Promise".
It's a field hearing from the House Government and Oversight Committee. We need all hands on deck outside this hearing to support our Affordable Care Act, and some folks can even go inside to submit written statements to the chairman.
From what we understand the room will be stacked with conservative groups who oppose the Affordable Care Act. Please let us know if you can attend, and please share with your lists.
Congratulations go out to our endorsed candidates in Phoenix and Tucson. Big wins for Kate Gallego, Laura Pastor in Phoenix and Karin Uhlich, Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik in Tucson.
Union members worked hard in both communities to help these good people win their elections and should be proud of the effort.
AFGE Local 2382 is asking for anyone who has the day off on Monday to please join them and help send a strong message to Washington.
Attention Federal Employees, family members, and people who are sick & tired of this government shutdown: lets rally together in sending our message to Congress to OPEN the government and put people back to work!
WHEN-Monday October 14th, at 10:00am until 12:00 pm.
WHERE- 2200 E Camelback Road, Phoenix As (just west of 24th street on Camelback road).
HOW IS THE SHUTDOWN AFFECTING YOU?
The goverment shutdown is affecting people who work for the federal government, but the affects are also trickling down to small businesses, government contractors, as well as state and local governments.
It's time to tell our stories of how this is impacting everyday citizens. Just follow this link to share your story on the AFL-CIO web site:
You can also sign a petition telling Congress to end the shutdown. Go here:
Dispatch from Dave Mendoza, AFSCME about October 5th March for Dignity and Respect in support of comprehensive immigrationr reform:
AFSCME was all in on Saturday, October 5 at the CIR action in Phoenix. We participated, along with the AZ AFL-CIO, on the CIR table representing AFSCME and organized labor, over the past several weeks. The results exceeded our expectations.
It's time to stand with federal employees (AFGE) who've been locked out by the Congress. Call 602-631-4488 to RSVP or for more information.
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Affiliation of UFCW
2013 Election Results
Business Manager: Scott Barker
Dear PASS AVS Brothers and Sisters,
I am pleased to announce that PASS and the FAA have reached a new tentative collective bargaining agreement for our Aviation Safety (AVS) bargaining units (AFS, AFS-700 and MIDO). Most employees in these bargaining units have gone about 20 years without a new contract, and I want to thank all of you for your patience and support as we worked to come together on a tentative agreement.Read more >>>
URGENT ACTION ALERT: 86,000 PETITION SIGNATURES NEEDED BY LABOR DAY
We need your help to stand up to the politicians and extremists; the same people who brought us the disastrous SB 1070. Now they are striking at the very heart of our democracy: manipulating the system to make it more difficult to vote.Read more >>>
IAFF Statement on Arizona Line of Duty Deaths
Washington – International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold A. Schaitberger issued the following statement regarding the line of duty deaths that occurred in the fire in Prescott, Arizona:
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the 19 Prescott fire fighters in Arizona who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the communities they serve.
“When a tragedy like this strikes, all we can do is offer our eternal gratitude to the fallen and prayers for the fire fighters who continue to work side-by-side in what are, by any measure, hellish conditions. At this time, the fire is now more than quadruple in size, as crews battle triple-digit heat and erratic winds in an effort to contain the blaze.
“The deaths in Arizona are the worst among fire fighters since 9/11, and it is the country’s worst wildfire disaster in more than 80 years.
“While there is an ongoing investigation in Prescott to determine how this happened, what we do know is that it was an unprecedented weather event that resulted in ‘a wind blowout in all directions.’
“As we mourn for those who have given their lives, we pray for the safety of hundreds more who are battling fires in the face of one of the worst heat waves in memory.”
The International Association of Fire Fighters represents 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics and is the leading advocate for the health and safety of first responders. More information is available at www.iaff.org
There's always work to be done...even during July in Phoenix. Check out the AARA flier for more information.
Union and Association Join Meeting- June 22, 2013
Join Laura in reaching out to voters to discuss how we can Put Phoenix First
Come join our team of Volunteers and you too can make a difference.
Join us at 8:15 am for a brief introduction and training at:
Fire Union Hall
We will be contacting voters between 9:00 am and noon.
Refreshments will be served prior to the canvas, and lunch will be served afterward as we celebrate our success.
Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation Event Exposing Arizona’s Political Corruption
Join us for a special showing of Bill Moyers’ United States of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), exposing how Big Money uses campaign cash and freebies to buy access to OUR tax dollars for greater profit at the expense of jobs and voter priorities.
We then highlight important bills being voted on by the legislature and Congress on Clean Elections, other political anti-corruption/conflict of interests bills, voting rights and election administration. Learn more about our March 18, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court hearing to defend every eligible citizen’s right to register to vote without the barriers Arizona politicians keep in place.
The PALF is a co-sponsor of this event along with the Arizona AFL-CIO and Progressive Democrats of Southern Arizona.
Here are the winners of the MALF 2013 Andy Ward Scholarship. Congratulations to all!
"My Turn" column from Arizona Republic in support of immigration reform written by an Arizona businessman. Calls for a pathway to citizenship among other things.
PALF events for May and June.
Volunteer announcements for Phoenix Cty Council MALF endorsed candidates.
Video - Workers Memorial Day observances at the Arizona State Capitol.
The Maricopa Area Labor Federation (MALF) has issued its endorsements for two more city council races. One in Phoenix and the other in Surprise.
Arizona Alliance For Retired Americans (AARA) releases two important new fact sheets. One deals with the potential impact on Seniors of the budget proposals and the other focuses on Health Care and Seniors.
Arizona Republic spotlighted Sheet Metal Workers Local #359 work with area Scouts.
Every year we observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year there will be observances in both Tucson and Phoenix.
A request to sign on to a letter to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Read more >>>
Volunteer opportunity to help elect Karlene Keogh Parks to the Phoenix City Council from Distrioct 6
The Senate “Gang of 8” requested that the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce reach a consensus on a new, additional employer-sponsored visa program for lesser-skilled, non-seasonal and non-agricultural workers. This program would not be a “guest” or “temporary” worker program but instead a “new kind of visa program.”
Here are some details from the agreement in principle that resulted from those talks:Read more >>>
Worker's Memorial Day suggestions needed.
A Major victory for organized labor in Arizona. A U.S. District Court judge says that two of the Arizona Legislature's anti-union bills are unconstitutional.
MALF Meetings are moving to the AZ AFL-CIO Office
Both the MALF and PALF have issued their 2013 political endorsements for city council races in Phoenix and Tucson. Read more >>>
Applications for the Maricopa Area Labor Federation 2013 Andy Ward Memorial Scholarship are now available.
To start please download and review both documents listed below.
The TSA now says its okay for people to bring knifes on planes. Our brothers and sisters who work in the airline industries know that's nuts. They need help making sure the Administration knows that and reverses itself.
Goldwater Institute Exposed
In-depth report details out-of-state corporate funds, murky financial dealings & big staff bonuses after taxpayer-funded court awards -- all part of what happens behind the closed doors of the Goldwater Institute...
Reporting by FOX10 TV
Speakers for the AFL-CIO's March 11th rally have been announced. They include both national and local speakers all of whom are expected to address the need for a path to citizenship for America's 11 million immigrants.
Communication Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen will be in Phoenix on Monday March 11th to address the state AFL-CIO capitol rally.
The state capitol rally scheduled for Monday March 11th 1-2pm will feature Arlene Holt-Baker, the national AFL-CIO's executive vice president.
The rally will address issues ranging from the legislature's ongoing attacks on working people and unions to the new Citizenship Now campaign being launched by the AFL-CIO.
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New Contract for all US AIrways Flight Attendants.
February 28, 2013
We have a new contract for all US Airways Flight Attendants. You took part in an outstanding voter turnout that resulted in a 80 percent vote in favor of the 2013 Tentative Agreement. The full voting results will be posted on ourafa.org later today.Read more >>>
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Arizona Senate Republicans are trying to continue their war against public employee unions. That comes despite the failure of one anti-union bill to pass last week.
In their sights are the state's first responders.
That makes it ever more important for you to call your state senator to say leave Arizona's Fire Fighters and Police Officers alone.
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Arizona Stands to Lose Massive Funding
Republicans take economy hostage to protect tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy
(Phoenix, Arizona February 25, 2013) A report from the Senate Appropriations Committee shows that Congressional Republicans’ ‘threats to harm the economy by letting automatic across-the-board budget cuts – called “sequestration” – go forward on March 1, 2013 would cause Arizona to lose enormous funding for education, public safety, healthcare and job training.Read more >>>
Here's what 'sequestration' means in a nutshell: massive budget cuts that impact working families and toss hundreds of thousands of people out of work.
New Report Shows Arizona Loses $503 million of Tax Revenue Every Year
Arizona Working Families Hold Actions Calling on the Wealthy to Pay Their Fair ShareRead more >>>
Watch Rebekah Friend on Sunday Square Off
Jan Brewer's Latest Outrage
NEW goal - We need 15,000 signatures
Worse than Wisconsin
Learn about investing, good vs. bad debt and much more. Read more >>>
Join us at the State Capitol on March 1, 2012!
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Phoenix – The Arizona AFL-CIO is once again demanding the immediate resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio following Wednesday’s Department of Justice report that found Arpaio and his deputies racially profile Latinos, retaliate against its critics and have adopted a "chronic culture of disregard for basic legal and constitutional obligations."
Labor Federation Endorses Congressional Leaders Who Stand for Working Families
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona AFL-CIO, which represents over 185,000 union members in Arizona, today announced its early endorsement and support of Congressman Ed Pastor (District 4), Congressman Raul Grijalva (District 7), and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (District 8), for re-election in 2012.Read more >>>
Standing outside of Senator Jon Kyl’s office, union activists, clergy, and community supporters gathered to send a clear message to Congress: unemployment insurance must be extended. With the national unemployment rate in Arizona sitting at 9% (10.2% for African Americans, 13.4% for Latinos, and 17.5% for anyone ages 20-24 years old), the Grand Canyon State require assistance to protect families during this economic drought. The press conference and candlelight vigil saw three Arizonans share their stories of unemployment as well as a fiery message from state senator Steve Gallardo.
Dec. 8 Press Conference & Vigil for the Unemployed and for Jobs
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “dereliction of duty” harmed children of working families
PHOENIX - The leader of Arizona’s largest labor federation is calling for the resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio following in the wake of scandal involving hundreds of mishandled investigations into reported sexual abuse cases.
New state by state numbers show the devastating impact on Arizona jobless workers
ALEC in ARIZONA
Arizona AFL-CIO and others voice concern over the harmful political influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council and its impact on Arizona Workers
Phoenix, AZ – Representatives from over a dozen local and national advocacy organizations gathered in Phoenix this week to shine a spotlight on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its growing political influence in Arizona. ALEC is a corporate-funded think tank where CEO’s, lawyers, and business lobbyists collaborate with conservative state lawmakers to create “model” legislation designed to promote the self-interests of large and powerful corporations.Read more >>>
VOICES OF ARIZONA: Americans Harmed by ALEC "Model Bills" Speak Out Against Undue Corporate Influence in the Democratic Process
Concerned citizens hold community forum and press conference to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s stronghold on the Arizona Legislature
WHAT: Community Forum and Press Conference to expose ALEC’s influence in pushing legislation in Arizona and across the country aimed at enriching specific industries by privatizing schools and prisons, suppressing the vote, blocking implementation of healthcare reform, rolling back environmental regulations and attacking workers’ rights.
WHEN: Forum: Tuesday, November 29, 6:00pm – 9:00pm South Mountain Community College (7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042)
Press Conference: Wednesday, November 30, 11:00am, Arizona State Capitol Lawn
New Report Documents Influence of American Legislative Exchange Council in Phoenix
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a key voice for corporate special interests in state legislatures across the county, is welcomed with an especially warm embrace in Arizona, according to a new reported released today by People For the American Way Foundation and Common Cause. With one of the highest concentrations of ALEC legislators of any state in the United States, Arizona lawmakers are working hand-in-hand with corporate leaders who make up ALEC’s membership to deregulate specific industries, privatize education and dismantle unions, the report found.
The report, ALEC in Arizona: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in the Halls of Arizona’s Legislature, is available here.
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America wants to work and there is plenty of work to be done to fix America’s crumbling bridges.
On Thursday, we’ll send a clear message that there are no valid excuses for ignoring America’s infrastructure and jobs deficits. It’s time for lawmakers to put partisan politics aside, stop obsessing with our long-term debt problems that can be solved by fairly taxing the wealthy and Wall Street, and pass legislation to invest in infrastructure projects that will keep communities safe and create good jobs.
Where: Bridge over the Grand Canal, 15th Ave., 1/2 mi. North of Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85015
Stop the Air Tax - Save Union Jobs
Union jobs are at stake if Congress raises airline taxes. Unions representing over 20,000 US Airways workers are fighting tax hike proposals that, if passed, could destroy hundreds of thousands of aviation industry jobs, including here in Arizona. Click here to read more and to find out what you can do to help.
US Airways Labor Coalition Letter: Stop the Air Tax!
The Redburn Eleven - Teamsters Local 104 on Strike
Workers and elected officials call attention to the unfair labor practices of Redburn Tire Co. in Phoenix AZ.
Please show your support for the striking workers at Redburn Tires.
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