In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton urged Pompeo to reconsider the May 1st layoff of 17 contracted cleaners following budget cuts from the Department’s Procurement Office. In addition, hundreds of State Department employees signed a petition delivered to Contracting Officer Pete Jones that reads “Don’t reduce services when it could cost my health. Keep R & R fully funded and stop the layoffs of our cleaners.” Norton said she’s “deeply disturbed” by the layoffs, adding that “Putting these cleaners out of work will not solve budgetary challenges, but it will hurt their children and our communities.”
Summer's coming, which means the annual Labor Night at the nats isn't far off either. "Don't miss out!" urges Sonté DuCote, Executive Director of the Community Services Agency of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO. Tickets are $15 each and can be ordered by sending a check or money order to "Community Services Agency" c/o Sonte DuCote, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017—361 times more than the average U.S. rank-and-file worker. The AFL-CIO says the average wage -- about $38,613 last year -- has remained stagnant for more than 50 years. "This year’s report provides further proof that the greed of corporate CEOs is driving America’s income inequality crisis," said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, adding that the federation plans to use high exec pay as a campaign issue this year. “When executive pay is out of control and wages for workers aren’t going up, that makes for an angry and energized populace."
“These men wrote a new chapter on patriotism of which their countrymen could be proud.”
Referring to the Bonus Army vets (see Today's Labor History)
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