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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...

 Arizona Stands to Lose Massive Funding
for Education, Healthcare and Public Safety from Sequester Cuts

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.

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  New Report Shows Arizona Loses $503 million of Tax Revenue Every Year
Due to Offshore Tax Havens for Corporations and the Very Wealthy

Arizona Working Families Hold Actions Calling on the Wealthy to Pay Their Fair Share

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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.

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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.
 

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New state by state numbers show the devastating impact on Arizona jobless workers
www.uistories.aflcio.org/AZ

As families prepare for the holiday, a new report released by the AFL-CIO shows that, 21,200 Arizonans will lose their unemployment benefits on December 31st if Congress fails to act to extend unemployment insurance.
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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.

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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

Gómez and his organization to be recognized for their commitment to defend democratic trade union rights in Mexico amid escalating violations against workers. Read more >>>

Arizona AFL-CIO Protests Governor Scott Walker’s fundraising visit to Phoenix Read more >>>

ARIZONA AFL-CIO: Working Families are the Winners in Arizona Elections
2011 election results symbolize turning point in Arizona politics

Phoenix, AZ – Working families in Arizona are celebrating Tuesday’s election victories of labor-endorsed candidates in Phoenix, Tucson and Surprise. Rebekah Friend, Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Arizona AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on the unofficial election results:

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Arizona Announces Increase to Minimum Wage
Raise Will Help Thousands of Workers and Strengthen the Economy

Washington, DC – Arizona will increase its minimum wage rate from $7.35 an hour to $7.65 on January 1, 2012, the Industrial Commission of Arizona announced today, in line with state law passed by Arizona voters in 2006 that provides for annual rate adjustments that keep pace with the rising cost of living. Arizona’s minimum wage increase means an additional $624 per year in wages for a full-time minimum wage worker. Today’s announcement echoes a similar announcement in Florida today and, in recent weeks, from officials in Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington.

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Rebekah Friend, Martin Murphy, and James McLaughlin to head Arizona AFL-CIO. Read more >>>

The Future of Labor: Young Activists from Arizona Head to AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit

[PHOENIX, AZ] – September 28, 2011 – Joe Seeyle, along with other Arizona students and young workers will join together with activists in Minneapolis from September 29 to October 2 for the second national Next Up Young Workers Summit hosted by the AFL-CIO.

PHOENIX, AZ - U.S District Court Judge G. Murray Snow issued a temporary injunction late Friday that blocks implementation of SB 1365, a discriminatory law which attacks the first amendment rights of union members in Arizona. Read more >>>

September 22, 2011

Arizona Lost OVER 49,000 jobs to China
Bad Trade Practices with China Cost 2.8 million American jobs

While Congress considers three new trade agreements, working families in Arizona question benefits from deals

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Arizona AFL-CIO Media Advisory
Media Advisory: For Friday, September 9, 2011

Elected Officials and Workers Demand Redburn Tire Company Cease Violating Labor Law Read more >>>

Phoenix, AZ – Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer released the following statement on the results of the Wisconsin Recall Elections.

"The Wisconsin recall elections held yesterday demonstrated to the nation the tremendous resolve of working families to stand together in solidarity against tyranny and injustice. Read more >>>

Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer released the following statement today on the passing of Richard Chavez, who organized the United Farm Workers with his brother Cesar Chavez.

 

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Today, the Arizona AFL-CIO announced its selection of "Arizona's Worst Politicians" for working families. The recipients are State Senator Russell Pearce (R-LD 18, Mesa), State Senator Frank Antenori (R-LD 30, Tucson), and U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ 1st District). Rebekah Friend, Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on the selection: Read more >>>

A special legislative session to consider extending unemployment benefits has ended with nothing done to aid thousands of out-of-work Arizonans. Read more >>>

Today, the Arizona legislature adjourned without taking action to continue emergency extended unemployment benefits that expire Saturday. Statement of Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer, on the adjournment of the special session: Read more >>>

A special legislative session to extend Federal unemployment insurance benefits will take place on Friday. If legislators do not act by the end of this week, as many as 16,000 jobless Arizonans will lose benefits that keep their families fed. Read more >>>

Up to 16,000 Arizonans will likely soon lose access to jobless benefits that help tide families over during hard times when a breadwinner loses his or her job. Today, the Arizona Department of Commerce announced new unemployment figures that appear to trigger the end of these benefits because Governor Brewer and the legislature failed to act to continue this emergency lifeline. Read more >>>

On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona to overturn a 2010 state constitutional amendment. The amendment, known as Proposition 113, banned the use of majority sign-up (or card check) to form a union, a right guaranteed to workers under federal law. Read more >>>

On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it would pursue legal action against the State of Arizona to invalidate a 2010 state constitutional amendment (Proposition 113) that restricted the rights of Arizona workers to form unions through majority sign-up, or card check. Rebekah Friend, Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on the NLRB’s announcement: Read more >>>

On Thursday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1322, which forces the cities of Phoenix and Tucson to privatize many city services. Rebekah Friend, Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on the Governor’s action: Read more >>>

On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1365, which puts new bureaucratic burdens on labor unions. Rebekah Friend, Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on the Governor’s action: Read more >>>

On Thursday, working families from Tucson will gather for a Workers Memorial Day vigil to honor workers who were injured or killed on the job in Arizona and to ask legislators to make occupational safety a priority and to focus on creating jobs, not dismantling the middle class safety net. Read more >>>

Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer released the following statement on the end of the legislative session. Read more >>>

Today, the Arizona House of Representatives gave approval to: SB1322, affecting city services; SB1365, affecting payroll deductions; and SCR1025, affecting Clean Elections. Statement of Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer, on the votes: Read more >>>

Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director, Secretary/Treasurer made the following statements ahead of César Chávez Day, March 31st. Read more >>>

Tucson Union Members Rally for Wisconsin Workers as Wisconsin Badgers Take On Belmont Bruins in NCAA March Madness Basketball Read more >>>

On Wednesday night, Wisconsin Senate Republicans voted to strip public employees of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer, gave the following statement on the vote: Read more >>>

Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced decisive action to block the implementation of anti-worker initiatives that recently passed in Arizona and three other states. In a letter delivered today to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel warned that he had been authorized by the Board to file a lawsuit to enjoin the state’s law from taking effect. Read more >>>

Statement of Rebekah Friend, Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona AFL-CIO, on the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others today outside a Safeway grocery store. Read more >>>

Arizona is one of seven states where the minimum wage will be modestly increasing to keep pace with a rising cost of living on New Year’s Day 2011. Today, the Arizona AFL-CIO hailed the increase as crucial to helping working families and the economy recover during difficult economic time. Read more >>>

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