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Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO, writes "our democracy suffers not from voter fraud, but voter suppression and disenfranchisement."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the statement Thursday while negotiators were meeting behind closed doors for a third straight day.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a major address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2017. He assessed opportunities around trade and infrastructure that could create jobs, as well as possible threats to workers' rights. President Trumka spoke about the labor movement's strategy to create a unifying agenda for working families, and the importance it places on ensuring that all workers have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

AFL-CIO, a leading labor group, fears the Trump administration is planning to roll back a hard-fought worker protection finalized under President Obama. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said working people will die if the Trump administration walks back the rule.

Read the full article in The Hill.

Tucked inside the Republican bill to replace Obamacare is a plan to impose a radical diet on a 52-year-old program that insures nearly one in five Americans.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will be awarded annually and will include over $500,000 awarded to 10 outstanding skilled trades teachers in public high schools and the skilled trades programs in their schools!

• 3 first place winners will receive a Prize of $100,000 ($30,000 directly to the teacher and $70,000 to their high school's skilled trades program)

• 7 second place winners will receive a Prize of $30,000 ($10,000 directly to the teacher and $20,000 to their high school's skilled trades program)

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This year’s fireworks show on the Vallejo waterfront, already an iffy proposition, is likely to become more so as development continues in the city, organizers said.

That’s why it took so long for local businessmen Ken Ingersoll and Raymond Prather to start raising funds for this year’s show, Ingersoll said.

I want to start by thanking the City Manager, City Attorney and all of City personnel that organized the two special meetings to hear the appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision to reject the Orcem Project.  In my 30 plus years of attending Council meetings it was by far the most organized and fair processes I have ever seen.

Widening income inequality, in the U.S. and in other developed nations, threatens democracy, just as it did in the 1930s, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. Trumka issued that warning in early June at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting in Paris. The OECD, which represents the most-developed nations in the world, invited outside experts to discuss the state of the world economy.

Read the full article in People's World.

Charles Kite wrote to the Times-Herald: "How disappointing to see that the Orcem project was not settled and that four of the council members want to drag it on and on. It makes people wonder if they elected the right people to represent them."

Just when we thought it might be safe to return to the Chambers….I have written before complaining that people in Vallejo do not feel safe coming to City Council meetings because of the conduct which has been allowed to go on by a unruley mob which seem to have taken over the Chambers. I choose to stay at home and watch it or look at it on line so I can avoid the circus atmosphere.