Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

 

CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017—361 times more money than the average U.S. rank-and-file worker.

Tefere Gebre came to the United States in 1984 as a teenager. He and four friends had left their home in war-torn Ethiopia and walked nearly 500 miles across the desert to a refugee camp in Sudan.

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Unions help build a better life for working people but the wealthy are trying to further rig the economic system in their favor. Show your support for unions.

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The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO issued this statement by President Pat Eiding on today's Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case:

Today, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in the Janus case. As many expected, a narrow majority of the Court has issued a broadside attack on the well-being of workers and on democracy in the workplace. And make no mistake: this decision is nothing more than another phase in a longtime campaign by the forces of wealth and privilege to destroy America’s labor movement.

The Tri-State Labor Day Dan Ezzio Memorial Art Contest is open for submissions! All Philadelphia high school students, grades 9 through 12, are eligible to submit an illustration on the theme of What Labor Day Means To Me.

Entries should interpret the theme to include illustrations indicative of all races, cultures, and genders, and/or a variety of occupations/professions.  Please see the attached “The History of Labor Day” for more information about what Labor Day is.

Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, who was the Nobel laureate in economics in 2001, spoke at a talk on Monday with Damon Silvers, the director of policy and special counsel at the AFL-CIO, part of a day-long strategy session on “Bargaining for the Common Good in the World of Global Finance” held by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in New York, a non-profit political German foundation.

House Democratic candidates in town this week for training at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington got a visit from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka for some tips on how they can win back working-class voters.

“I don’t have to tell you that you can’t count on the D next to your name to gain our support,” Trumka told Democratic leadership and a room full of candidates on Red to Blue, the DCCC’s program for its strongest candidates.