Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.
The actions reflect rising activism nationwide, as one-day strikes have hit not just fast food eateries and retailers, but Walmart and its oppressive unhealthy warehouses.
The pact was negotiated behind closed doors with a D.C. think tank partially funded by Walmart, without any input from workers or unions, here or in Bangladesh.
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.
Oscar William Neebe, an anarchist and labor activist, was born on this day in 1850, in New York City.
The AFL-CIO is upset by the latest health care development: a one-year postponement of another key section, the employer mandate.
The U.S. "is not great because of CEOs and lawyers. It's great because of working people. This is a faith-based movement, it's a civil rights movement, and it cannot fail."
The 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers union will rejoin the AFL-CIO at the union's annual convention in Chicago this August.
Walmart's reversion to its normal widespread labor law-breaking has prompted Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., to introduce legislation to protect the workers.
Mental health caregivers at La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, California went on five-day strike last week to protest unfair labor practices.