One of the latest internal polls by the AFL-CIO shows that Trump has plummeted 12 points among union members in the battleground state of Ohio. How bad is that? Trump is now performing five points worse than Mitt Romney did in the 2012 presidential election when he received 37 percent of the union vote in Ohio.
That’s at least in part because America’s labor movement has unleashed the most comprehensive and sophisticated electoral program in the labor movement’s history. “We are cutting through Trump’s bluster and getting to the heart of his record,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka told the Ohio AFL-CIO Convention last week. “Trump may be loud, but we are clear.”
On today’s labor calendar, phonebanks at the AFL-CIO and NoVA Labor continue throughout the day and there’s a discussion on “Global Women/Global Work” at 4pm at Georgetown University. Get complete details on our website at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 2013, Teachers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – on strike since early August over proposed wage cuts and loss of job security – occupied the City Council chambers before a vote on the proposed plan. A series of further actions led to an agreement that included raises for the teachers, a review of workload and curriculum requirements, and the reinstatement of all teachers who had been fired during the strike.
And in 2001, Graduate student employees at Temple University in Philadelphia won union recognition. The Temple University Graduate Students Association ratified its first contract in May 2002, significantly improving graduate employment in terms of healthcare and wages, and marking the first time that graduate students in the state bargained a contract with their employer.
Today’s labor quote is by George Meany
“The labor movement's political activity is aimed at encouraging the greatest possible participation in elections. Democracy cannot succeed if only the rich and powerful have and use the votes.”
George Meany was the key figure in the creation of the AFL-CIO and served as the AFL-CIO's first president, from 1955 to 1979.