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Wisconsin AFL-CIO Stands in Solidarity with SMART Local 565 workers at Trachte Building Systems in Sun Prairie

Wisconsin AFL-CIO Stands in Solidarity with UAW Workers on Strike at CNHi

On April 28 unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to Honor All Workers Killed and Injured on the Job and to Pledge to Continue the Fight for Saf

And many of them are either hitting the picket lines or quitting their jobs as a result.

The changing dynamics of the US labor market, which has put employees rather than employers in the driver's seat in a way not seen for decades, is allowing unions to flex their muscle.

Wisconsin AFL-CIO Stands with IATSE Film and Television Crews in the Fight for a Fair Contract with AMPTP

(October 4, 2021, MILWAUKEE, WI) – Today, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) agreed to return to the bargaining table. Negotiations resumed following a nearly unanimous vote by IATSE’s 60,000 members working in television and film production to authorize a nationwide strike. It was the first time the union authorized a national strike in its 128-year history. 

Twenty years ago today, on a Sunday afternoon in Brookwood, Alabama, 32 coal miners descended 2,000 feet below the ground into the Jim Walter Resources Blue Creek No. 5 Mine for a routine maintenance check.

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently, I spotted the ramp workers on the tarmac, busily unloading bags and doing safety checks on the plane in 115 degree heat. Most passengers were anxious to deplane, ready to head to baggage claim, not giving a second thought to the work happening all around them to make their journey happen.

(Wisconsin Rapids, September 15, 2021) -- Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement on the Wisconsin AFL-CIO endorsement of Attorney General Josh Kaul for reelection in 2022. The endorsement was announced today at the Wisconsin AFL-CIO Building Trades Conference in Wisconsin Rapids:

Union Approval Highest Since 1965

Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale released the following statement on new Gallup polling data showing surging public approval of unions:

“Public support for unions continues to rise across our country with new polling from Gallup finding the union approval rating at 68%, the highest mark since 1965.

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discussed the economy and jobs with the Christian Science Monitor. She also reflected on becoming the first woman to lead the union. The organization’s previous president, Richard Trumka, passed away in August 2021. Other topics discussed included workers' rights legislation and the upcoming midterm elections. 

Watch the segment on C-SPAN.

Labor Day is a time to celebrate and honor working people and all we do to keep our communities thriving.

As we pause to honor the achievements of America’s workers and our labor movement -- from safe workplaces to the eight-hour day, workers’ compensation, and time off to spend with family -- we stand together in solidarity to continue to call for advancements in the workplace with strong union rights.

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