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As working families across the country fight to raise the minimum wage, it's important to keep in mind the history of the wage. This entertaining video, created by the people at Time magazine, gives a pretty good overview and makes it clear the minimum wage is worth a lot less now than it used to be. Read more >>>

During the secret discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, extreme corporate interests are pushing for a Fast Track process that would not only hurt working families in the United States, but in the other countries involved in any final deal. Here are seven reasons why Fast Track is off track: Read more >>>

In January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, responding to the introduction of the latest “Fast Track” legislation, said, “It is past time for the United States to get off the corporate hamster wheel on trade.”

On the issue of trade, investment and global economic rules, America’s workers—and our brothers and sisters overseas—certainly are on a hamster wheel.

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Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

Welcome to the new and fully functioning Orlando Central Labor Council website. This will become a place for people to see what is happening at a local level within the greater Orlando Area. As time goes on this site will provide both the dates of upcoming events and gatherings but also a place to look at and discuss local and national news that affect the working people of the Orlando area.

Welcome to the Central Florida CLC website! The Central Florida Labor Council represents 182 local labor unions and councils, representing over 45,000 working men and women, retirees and their families in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.

We are construction workers, classroom teachers, transportation workers, firefighters, office employees, government employees along with a broad range of other trades and professions.

The Central Florida AFL-CIO is the Central Labor Council representing over 45,000 members of 163 unions throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.  The mission of the Central Florida AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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