Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
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      Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick, lauded as bold reformer, called unfit for job

      Democrats attacked Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s education nominee, calling her unfit for the job during a contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday evening, while Republicans defended her as a bold reformer who would disrupt the status quo in U.S. education.
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      These Trump Nominees Might Be in Big Trouble

      Given the prominence of the fight over the Affordable Care Act, there is no more pivotal figure in Donald Trump’s cabinet than Georgia Congressman Tom Price, the nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary. Trump has already predicated his bizarre vow of “insurance for everybody” on Price’s confirmation, saying he will not release his health care plan until that time. The Republican Congress, with no consensus of their own, awaits Trump’s directive, so any delay in Price’s confirmation puts what has become the top legislative priority in the first hundred days on hold.
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      Health Law Repeal Could Cost 18 Million Their Insurance, Study Finds

      Eighteen million people could lose their insurance within a year and individual insurance premiums would shoot upward if Congress repealed major provisions of the Affordable Care Act while leaving other parts in place, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.
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      Sources: Trump labor pick Andrew Puzder has voiced second thoughts about nomination

      President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be labor secretary has voiced second thoughts in recent days, because of a relentless barrage of criticism from Democrats, labor unions and other liberal groups, a business ally and GOP sources tell CNN.
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      Welcome to our NEW Executive Officers

      On Monday, January 9th the Hudson Valley Executive Board held special elections for President and Treasurer.
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      New minimum wage hikes help more people than they harm

      On Jan. 1, the legal minimum wage increased in no less than 19 states. In 12 states, this was due to new legislation or ballot initiatives, while in 7 others, it was due to automatic increases based on indexation. After the changes, some 29 states have minimum wages higher than the federal level. Some of the increases are extremely small. Ohio’s cost-of-living adjustment is a mere 0.6 percent, for example. Others are remarkably large, with Arizona’s 24 percent increase and Maine’s 20 percent increase leading the way. Among the wage hikers, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. have ended up with the highest levels of pay at $11 an hour, each. Missouri has the lowest level at $7.70 per hour.
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      New President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Ron Diaz (UA Local 21) said, "Thank you for this opportunity to serve as the President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. I am following an amazing previous President, Paul Ellis-Graham. However, I am fortunate to have time to sit with Paul, to transition into this position.
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      Dear Brothers and Sisters: It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with you and for you as President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation.  Now, as ever before, working men and women need a strong voice to speak out for their interests, especially when they are threatened.
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      The mission of the federal Department of Labor is both sprawling and clear: “to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.” Though not often in the headlines, the department enforces hundreds of laws and thousands of regulations affecting some ten million businesses and a hundred and twenty-five million American workers, and it has a distinguished history. It celebrated its centennial in 2013. Its headquarters is in the Frances Perkins Building, which is named after its longest-serving secretary.
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      After spending tens of millions of dollars in hopes of electing Hillary Clinton, the labor movement fears that President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Congress and the supreme court will be hostile to labor and take numerous steps to hobble unions.
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      New President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Ron Diaz (UA Local 21) said, "Thank you for this opportunity to serve as the President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. I am following an amazing previous President, Paul Ellis-Graham. However, I am fortunate to have time to sit with Paul, to transition into this position.
      Read More...
      Dear Brothers and Sisters: It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with you and for you as President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation.  Now, as ever before, working men and women need a strong voice to speak out for their interests, especially when they are threatened.
      Read More...
      The mission of the federal Department of Labor is both sprawling and clear: “to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.” Though not often in the headlines, the department enforces hundreds of laws and thousands of regulations affecting some ten million businesses and a hundred and twenty-five million American workers, and it has a distinguished history. It celebrated its centennial in 2013. Its headquarters is in the Frances Perkins Building, which is named after its longest-serving secretary.
      Read More...
      After spending tens of millions of dollars in hopes of electing Hillary Clinton, the labor movement fears that President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Congress and the supreme court will be hostile to labor and take numerous steps to hobble unions.
      Read More...

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