As the newly elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, I traveled the country this fall, talking with workers and hearing their concerns. The economic crisis is causing a lot of pain. So many people have no jobs, no health care—and many are losing their homes. And as I looked into the faces of young workers, the reality hit home that these young people are part of the first generation in recent history likely to be worse off than their parents.
|By: SethDMichaels Thursday December 10, 2009 6:55 am|
On Dec. 15, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will host a live online conversation on the nation’s jobs crisis–and you can take part.
|By: SethDMichaels Wednesday December 9, 2009 7:06 am|
Investment in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure can put millions of people to work now and improve our country for the long term. The United States has some $2.2 trillion in unmet infrastructure needs. That’s a lot of work that needs to be done, at a time when 26 million people are unemployed or underemployed.
|By: SethDMichaels Monday December 7, 2009 3:21 pm|
The first step in this plan is to extend a lifeline to the people who have been hit the hardest by the jobs crisis. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, unemployment benefits were extended for millions of workers. Those who lost jobs got added food aid and assistance in getting COBRA health coverage. That was the right policy—but even as the crisis continues, those benefits are expiring.
|By: SethDMichaels Tuesday November 17, 2009 10:46 am|
Today at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other leaders joined together to call for urgent action to create jobs and rebuild the economy.
|By: SethDMichaels Monday November 16, 2009 3:45 pm|
Tomorrow morning, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will announce a major new initiative to create and save jobs.
(Watch the live webcast at aflcio.org/createjobs starting at 9 a.m.)
|By: SethDMichaels Thursday October 29, 2009 10:03 am|
Today, the Campaign for America’s Future is holding a “Building the New Economy” conference. As we build the new economy, it’s important we build one not based on the assets bubbles of the past but on the firm rock of manufacturing.
|By: SethDMichaels Tuesday October 27, 2009 10:37 am|
More than 5,000 people are packing the streets of downtown Chicago this morning, chanting, marching and rallying against Big Bankers and financial institutions that have taken taxpayer money and are using it to give big bonuses to CEOs and to lobby against financial reforms that would ensure they don’t go back on the public dole.
|By: SethDMichaels Wednesday October 14, 2009 11:44 am|
Tomorrow, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will give the keynote address at the A Better Deal 2009 conference here in Washington, D.C.
|By: SethDMichaels Tuesday October 13, 2009 8:53 am|