We Can Raise Pay

From the AFL-CIO

The rules of our economy have been rigged against working people for decades, but our sustained activism can raise pay and build momentum for a new economy built on broadly shared prosperity.

We raise pay by negotiating with employers. As congressional leaders were ramming through a massive tax cut for corporations, Communications Workers of America (CWA) pressured employers to use the savings to raise pay. This week, AT&T will pass along a $1,000 bonus to workers.  

We raise pay at the ballot box. A national worker-led movement to raise pay will lift the minimum wage in 18 states and 20 cities on Jan. 1. Ten states passed minimum wage increases that go into effect over several years. Pay in eight other states will automatically rise to match a higher cost of living.

When our pay goes up, communities thrive. Pay raises create a virtuous cycle of higher living standards, growing consumer demand and greater business investment, which fuels a race to the top.

Working people want a fair economy with good pay and benefits and a secure retirement, and we’ll organize and mobilize to win it.

$4,784: That’s how much annual pay the GOP-controlled Missouri Legislature has taken from every St. Louis worker by lowering the city’s minimum wage from $10 an hour to $7.70.

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Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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