AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka condemned the continued right-wing obstruction preventing millions of working families from getting a much-needed boost in income.
The Senate tried to raise the nation's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. But its Democratic sponsors needed 60 votes to start debate, and got six fewer than that.
Today's action by the U.S. Senate confirming Richard Griffin as NLRB general counsel is the final piece needed to ensure a fully functioning National Labor Relations Board.
Bringing to an end years of right-wing obstruction and delay, the Senate yesterday filled all five NLRB seats with permanent members.
The U.S. Senate could be about to make some historic changes in the way it operates if Harry Reid, the labor movement, and its allies have their way.
Hyatt fired housekeepers, replacing them with out-of-state minimum-wage temps. Unite Here has called a boycott of Hyatt.
"The board respectfully disagrees with the decision and believes the president's position in the matter will ultimately be upheld," said NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce.
The Air Traffic Controllers are pushing the Senate to confirm a new permanent chief of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta, saying he's been acting administrator long enough.
As Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z and Beyonce campaign for Barack Obama in swing states, Connecticut performing and visual artists are reaching out to voters here.
The party cleavage was stark in the GOP-run House last year on key votes. Unions use the AFL-CIO figures as part of their evaluations when deciding, locally, whether to support or oppose an incumbent lawmaker.