June 2, 2016
Workers Celebrate Settlement with Verizon
For weeks, state and local labor movements joined with nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who were striking for a fair contract. Last weekend, a settlement was reached. President Chris Shelton (CWA) said, “This contract is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people." President Lonnie Stephenson (IBEW) added, "This tentative contract is an important step forward in helping to end this six-week strike and keeping good Verizon jobs in America."
Washington State Labor Council and Colorado AFL- CIO Withhold Endorsements for pro-TPP Candidates
The Washington State Labor Council, led by President Jeff Johnson (AFSCME), and Colorado AFL-CIO, led by Executive Director Sam Gilchrist (IBEW), are the latest associations that haverefused to endorse candidates who supported TPA or the TPP. President Johnson said, “Today, Washington’s working people sent a clear message to our congressional delegation that this issue is too important for them to ignore.” Executive Director Gilchrist stated, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership weighed heavily on our affiliates’ decision to remain neutral in the U.S. Senate race.”
Connecticut AFL-CIO Holds Local Democrats Accountable Over Budget
The Connecticut AFL-CIO, led by, President Lori Pelletier (IAM) rallied outside the Connecticut Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner, to hold accountable legislators who voted for Gov. Malloy's proposed anti-worker budget. “We believe we’re a base of the Democratic Party,” said President Pelletier, “But having said that, ultimately our responsibility is to make sure our members are protected.”