Washington (CNN) - It should come as no surprise that prominent union leaders are among the first group President Barack Obama courts as he seeks support for overhauling immigration policy.
It was organized labor that helped ensure defeat of a bipartisan effort to reform the nation's immigration laws five years ago.
Washington (CNN) - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue are working together to reach an understanding about a guest worker program. This was the topic of discussion at a recent breakfast between the two men, who usually find themselves on opposing sides of the negotiating table.
The guest worker program has been a flash point in the immigration debate. It divided the labor and business communities during the 2006 immigration battle when the Chamber fought to increase the number of temporary workers and labor pressed to keep that number low in the name of protecting its members.
(CNN) – The day after the U.S. Senate passed a bill averting the fiscal cliff, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement chastising lawmakers for some of the tax provisions included in the measure.
"Lawmakers should have listened even better," Trumka wrote. "The deal extends the Bush tax cuts for families earning between $250,000 and $450,000 a year and makes permanent Bush estate tax cuts exempting estates valued up to $5 million from any tax. These concessions amount to over $200 billion in additional tax cuts for the 2%."
The full statement from Trumka is after the jump.
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(CNN) - President Barack Obama told a Labor Day crowd in Detroit that he's prepared to fight for a new job growth plan, defend organized labor and take steps to "restore the middle class in America," while five Republican candidates hoping to defeat him next year all called for repealing the major legislation passed so far in Obama's presidency.
The Republican presidential candidates participating in the Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, South Carolina, which was televised on CNN, were unified in advocating the end of the health care reform law and the Wall Street reform measure passed by a Democratic-led Congress.
Washington (CNN) – Call it location, location, location.
The White House announced Friday that Vice President Joe Biden will speak Monday at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event in Cincinnati, Ohio. The news comes a week and a half after the White House announced that President Barack Obama would speak in Michigan at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.
Washington (CNNMoney) – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka accused House Speaker John Boehner of blackmailing America for withholding his vote to raise the debt ceiling unless there are drastic spending cuts.
"Now we see Speaker Boehner and his colleagues engaged in a new round of blackmail with a ransom note that reads: 'Cut Medicare, dismantle the government, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs to fund more tax cuts for the rich, or we will cause the United States to default on its debts'," Trumka said in a speech at the National Press Club on Friday.
(CNN) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage ordered a 36-foot mural depicting the state's labor history be removed from the lobby of the Department of Labor headquarters building in Augusta, Maine, according to LePage's office.
The plan put forth by the Republican's administration also includes renaming several department conference rooms that carry names of pro-labor icons.
Washington (CNN) - A major union and an influential conservative interest group have each spent $1 million on television commercials in Wisconsin over the past two months in an effort to try and shape public opinion on the issues of collective bargaining and budget cuts.
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the Club for Growth Wisconsin account for $2 million of the more than $2.5 million worth of TV ads that have run statewide in the last 60 days, according to a new analysis conducted by Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on political and issue advertising.
(CNN) - Weighing in on President Obama's choice for chief of staff, the progressive organization MoveOn.org criticized William Daley for his close ties to "big banks and big business."
"With Wall Street reporting record profits while middle class Americans continue to struggle in a deep recession, the announcement that William Daley, who has close ties to Big Banks and Big Business, will now lead the White House staff is troubling and sends the wrong message to the American people," Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a blunt message for labor union members: Get to the polls next week, because "as bad as things are, they can get a whole lot worse."
As part of a massive get-out-the-vote operation, the labor federation is sending out 10 million personalized letters from Trumka as a final mailing to its membership Monday. Enclosed with each letter is a detailed "slate card" tailored to each member. It lists all of the state-wide candidates endorsed by labor, as well as the candidates for the House of Representatives and the state legislature. The card includes the person's polling place and information about what kind of identification they may need to bring.