Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation

 

Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

On May 7, while recovering from an illness, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley died suddenly.  In a brief statement, his family,

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United Auto Workers are on strike at 33 General Motors manufacturing plants in nine states, as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. In total, more than 49,000 UAW members have brought work on the assembly lines to a standstill.

The reason for the Union walkout? As always – corporate greed.

In 2018, GM made $8.1 billion in after-tax profit. In 2017, it was $348 million; 2016 $9.43 billion; 2015 $9.69 billion. GM CEO Mary Barra made $22 million in 2018, 281 times the salary of GM's median employee. And this is after the government bailout. They’re not exactly hurting.

Longtime AFM member, Daniel Cerveny, loves working as a keyboardist. He also loves working for his local union as its Secretary Treasurer and promoting the benefits of AFM membership. One of his favorite selling points is the Union Plus Credit Card, which he uses regularly, and which offers special benefits for union members.
Longtime Communications Workers (CWA) member, Peg Bissell, owns three homes in a one-block radius for herself and extended family. She’s a believer in unions and what they can do for families, both in the workplace and at home, which is why she turned to the Union Plus Mortgage Program for each of her home purchases over the years.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met Monday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal to hash out labor’s concerns in ongoing discussions over President Donald Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA deal. Trumka also met Tuesday with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and assured members he and House leadership were now on the same page.