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2014-07-28 12:25:43

Sweeney to Receive Meany-Kirkland Worker Rights Lifetime Achievement Award WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO HITWIRE today released a story on John J. Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO and currently chairman of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. The article details Sweeney's five decades in the labor movement, including his battles to secure a living wage for janitors and other service workers, and fights on behalf of minorities and women...

2010-05-14 17:27:00

LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dodgers radio KABC 790 AM is now airing a 30-second ad created by Los Angeles labor unions calling out the racial profiling aspect of Arizona's new immigration law as "wrong." In baseball, the ad notes, "the umpire must call the play the same way, no matter what uniform the player is wearing." But according to Arizona's new law, local police officers will have to "call things differently." Based on skin color or appearance, a person "might be...

2009-09-13 22:55:22

U.S. President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday at the AFL-CIO convention comes amid a revival of labor optimism and spirit of empowerment, union officials say. A grass-roots push of AFL-CIO members representing every congressional district during Obama's 2008 presidential campaign helped him win the election, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. We recognize that working people are at the edge of a huge wave of change, said John J. Sweeney, AFL-CIO president. "We're ready to mobilize as...

2009-07-23 12:20:00

NEW YORK, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO today announced its endorsement of Richard Trumka for president of the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), according to an announcement by ILA President Richard P. Hughes, Jr. The AFL-CIO will hold elections for president at its convention scheduled for this September in Pittsburgh and current president John Sweeney has announced his retirement. "The...

2009-07-20 13:56:00

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced its support of Richard Trumka, Liz Shuler and Arlene Holt Baker in their bids to lead the 10-million member AFL-CIO. "Rich Trumka is much more than just the most powerful speaker in the labor movement today," said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. "He is dedicated to the principal goals of the North American Labor Movement: good jobs, safe workplaces,...

2008-08-06 06:00:34

By Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune Aug. 6--Every time the Michigan AFL-CIO has sent out brochures backing Barack Obama's bid for president, a bunch have come back ripped, shredded or with angry words scrawled across them. But Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO, considers this an encouraging sign in his politically crucial state of support for the AFL-CIO's choice for the White House. He said more mailings were returned when the labor group last backed U.S. Sen. John...

2008-08-05 21:00:17

CHICAGO _ Every time the Michigan AFL-CIO has sent out brochures backing Barack Obama's bid for president, a bunch have come back ripped, shredded or with angry words scrawled across them. But Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO, considers this an encouraging sign in his politically crucial state of support for the AFL-CIO's choice for the White House. He said more mailings were returned when the labor group last backed U.S. Sen. John Kerry's bid for president. At this week's...

2006-06-14 19:33:00

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More trade union members are killed in Colombia each year than in the rest of the world combined, a U.S.-based global labor advocacy group said in a report to be released on Thursday. The report by the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center chronicles a number of obstacles faced by Colombian workers, including workplace discrimination, child labor and forced labor, and is being released just as the United States and Colombia prepare to finalize a free trade...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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