Beginning today, Mondays are dedicated to miscellaneous topics/updates that do not necessarily warrant a full day to themselves, but nonetheless are newsworthy.
The AFL-CIO sent a 16-page “to do list” to the new Obama Administration. Here are the highlights of the list:
1. Appoint a U.S. Trade Representative with “demonstrated commitment to addressing the destabilizing influences in trade policy and who is committed to ensuring trade policies provide broadly shared benefits for working people.”
2. Send the Federal Aviation Administration back to the bargaining table to negotiate a new union contract with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
3. Pass an economic stimulus bill and send dollars to homeowners facing foreclosure and to aid states, auto workers, and manufacturers.
4. Obama should use the “bully pulpit” of the presidency to campaign for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
5. Restore project labor agreements for federally funded construction.
6. Provide bargaining rights for Justice Department workers.
7. Suspend bargaining on all new trade and investment pacts, and review all past pacts as Obama promised during the election campaign.
8. Have the U.S. take the federations’ extensively documented trade case against China – which has the largest trade surplus with the U.S. – to the World Trade Organization.
9. Identify and nominate federal judges “who have a demonstrated commitment to equal rights,” including understanding the courts’ role in protecting those rights, including workers’ rights.
10. Appoint pro-worker members and chair of the NLRB and restore the Labor Department, its Wage and Hour Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Mine Safety and Health and Safety Administration to their “historic roles” as “advocating for and protecting the interests of workers.”
11. Formalize the Clinton-era ban on wage-and-hour investigators sharing information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. It would also require ICE to get a high-level OK before raiding work sites during union organizing drives.
For more detail on this list, click here.