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With officials from the twelve countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) convening in New Zealand earlier this week to formally sign the agreement, President Trumka joined Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and many of our allies on Capitol Hill to reiterate our strong opposition to the TPP. President Trumka called the agreement toxic and said no photo op can change the fact that millions of working people are united in opposition to the TPP.

Now more than ever, as pro-TPP forces attempt to build momentum for the agreement, working people need to raise their voices and let members of Congress know that if the TPP comes up for a vote, we are going to kill it once and for all.

Please call Congress, 1-855-856-7545, this Monday and Tuesday, February 8th - 9th. 

Our goal is to deluge U.S. House offices with the message that Congress must reject – and not put to a vote – trade deals that lower our wages and kill our jobs.


We are asking you to support the raising wages agenda with ATL Fight For $15.

We are asking all labor and community members to join them for a rally at the next Republican Presidential Debate in Greenville, SC on Saturday, February 13th. Transportation by bus and meals will be provided.

It’s 2016 and with the presidential race in full swing, workers across the South are calling on all candidates to come earn our vote and stand with us in support of 1) $15/hr and union rights, 2) addressing racism towards Black America, 3) Affordable child care for all working families, 4) Quality long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, and 5) commonsense immigration reform.

What: A rally at the Republican debate in Greenville, SC
When: We’ll be leaving ATL at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13th, and getting back around 11:30 p.m.
Where: We’ll depart from the IBEW building parking lot (map)
Transportation by bus, and meals will be provided!
Join us in Greenville to raise your voice!

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Read more >>>

An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart. Read more >>>

The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights. Read more >>>

When working people join together to form a union, we win.

Working folks speaking up together through a union not only raise wages, but also improve working conditions for everyone. Unions are the great counterweight to greedy corporate CEOs: strong unions mean a strong middle class.


STEP ONE: Know Your Rights

Federal and state laws guarantee the right to form unions. Eligible employees have the right to express their views on unions, to talk with their co-workers about their interest in forming a union, to wear union buttons and to attend union meetings. (Supervisors and a few other types of employees customarily are excluded from coverage.)

Despite these laws, many employers strongly resist their employees' efforts to gain a voice at work through unionization. So, before youstart talking union where you work, get in touch with a union that will help you organize.

STEP TWO: Find Out Which Union Is Right for You

To form a union on the job, you need the backup and hands-on help from the union you are seeking to join. If you don't already know which union is most able to help you, find out more about the unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO by visiting their websites. Many of these websites enable you to contact the right person there directly to help you form a union.

In communities across the country, the AFL-CIO has local and state councils where unions come together to work toward common goals. To find out about union activity in your community, visit the website of your state federation of labor or central labor council or check local directory assistance for this phone listing. Staff members at these offices can put you in touch with a local union that is right for you.

STEP THREE: Find Out About Working America

If forming a union with your coworkers isn’t a real possibility for you, you can still be a part of the union movement by joining Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate for people who don’t have a union at work.

STEP FOUR: Get in Touch with a Union Organizer

Union organizers assist employees in forming unions on the job to give them the same opportunity for a say at work, good wages and decent working conditions.

Worker Misclassification affects tens of thousands of workers around Georgia, every day. Whether they are truck drivers at the Port of Savannah, Stagehands at the Rock & Roll venues in Atlanta, or Construction workers across our State - this practice is widespread, and must end.

What is worker misclassification? Simply put - it occurs when a worker is paid as an independent contractor (1099), but is treated like an employee (told when to show up, what to do, what to wear, etc).

The result is hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages and state tax revenues every year. Workers don't receive the same protection, workers compensation or unemployment insurance.

The vast majority of business owners are doing the right thing and following state law. However it is nearly impossible to discover the unscrupulous businesses, because there is currently no mechanism to report this practice.

We need you to contact your State Representative ask them to support House Bill 500 to further define in statute, worker misclassification. And to make sure there are adequate whistle-blower protections for the workers who would report this practice.


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