Delegates to the 70th Constitutional Convention of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO elected James Hart as President of the Department October 6, 2016. President Hart had been appointed by the executive council upon the retirement of former president Ron Ault in...read more
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International trade and migration are fundamental and interrelated components of globalization that have the potential to improve the lives of working families. For far too long, however, trade and immigration policies have prioritized corporate interests over good jobs and workers' rights.
Rene Cruz, an election volunteer and Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 organizer and steward is out in Arizona working to retire Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Cruz sent us some updates from his Bazta Arpaio campaign log this week. Here are some highlights.
A new video from AFSCME People takes a look at the damage done to real working people when the Carrier Corp. shipped jobs from Indiana to Mexico. And it shows the role that Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) played in the process. Young, who took nearly $20,000 from Carrier executives in campaign contributions, sided against workers and with those same executives. Watch the video to see how Young's support affected Frank Staples of Indianapolis.
The Union Advantage
Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.
Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.
More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.
- Wages are 27% higher than non-union 27%
- Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions 60%
- More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits 79%