The AFL-CIO announced the launch of a new television advertising campaign targeting House Republicans for failing to move on comprehensive immigration legislation containing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The ads will run in Spanish in Bakersfield, California; , Denver, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; and Orlando, Florida, and will run in English in the metropolitan Washington area. The ads coincide with a separate campaign targeting nine Republican House members, which aims to push them to pressure House leadership for a vote on immigration legislation.
A UAW caucus nominated secretary-treasurer Dennis Williams to replace current UAW President Bob King, who is retiring next year. The administrative caucus endorsed UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel to replace Williams as secretary-treasurer. Nominees run for general vice president positions, and upon election the union president makes their specific assignments. The caucus also endorsed Vice President Cindy Estrada and Vice President Jimmy Settles for re-election to their current positions. UAW members will cast ballots in June.
The National Labor College, which is the only college in the U.S. dedicated to educating union members and their families, will close because of financial difficulties. The college, primarily funded by the AFL-CIO, has been facing long-standing financial problems. The college’s president, Paula Peinovich, said it would take many months to close down. Employees, whom are represented by various unions, received layoff notices on November 14, 2013. It is unclear whether the labor college can meet their obligations as to the employee’s contract's provisions on severance and retiree health benefits, but the labor college said that it is their intent to honor the contracts.
Worker centers – community-based organizations that offer various types of assistance to workers, including legal advice on labor and immigration issues and workers’ compensation claims, safety equipment and training, skills training, and English lessons – have become more visible, numbering over 200 in the U.S. While labor supporters have generally welcomed the rise of worker centers, employers and businesses see the centers as suspect organizations that should be subject to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The Department of Labor, however, has stated that to be considered a labor organization, the entity must exist for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning terms and conditions of employment. Thus, a worker center does not qualify as a labor organization simply by engaging in activities of legal service providers or activities targeting employers such as picketing, hand billing, and protesting.