Thinking About Job Growth and the US Economy

The latest blog post on the AFL-CIO site talks about the growth in job numbers:

For the latest three-month period the US economy created around 209,000 jobs per month, and the post digs into the numbers behind the unemployment rate, the potential for a Fed rate hike, and economic uncertainty all-around. Within the American economy currently fewer people are employed now than were employed at the peak of 2007, and that number was below the peak of 1999. The article points out that household incomes have not caught up, and have essentially stagnated for the American worker.

Next,.the article points out the weakness in the US auto industry from the angles of manufacturing and automobile financing. If the market for new cars goes into a sort of recession of its own, then, owing to the size an importance of this industry in this country, “the auto industry will be in recession; which means the economy will be in recession”.

In addition, the article goes on to talk about the new Presidential directives on immigration and how to change policy on it, which itself creates vast uncertainty for the economy and labor markets. Proposed Federal budget cuts to environmental programs, housing and education will affect jobs across the board, and compound the uncertainty described above.

A Fed rate hike, in this climate, would have great potential to harm an economy that does not need “slowing” – in fact, we are still in need of strengthening.This is not an issue we can write to our congress people about- the Fed is a (semi) independent body, and not beholden to Congress. We suggest that our readers take in this article. There are things we can control, and things we cannot. We will continue to stick to our strengths of advocating for the American and Detroit worker- our mission of contributing to the greater Detroit community of workers will continue, and we hope you join with us in any way you can. Thank you again!

News and Updates for January 2017

There has been plenty going on in the world of politics, labor, and policy. Between the Presidential Election and new policy initiatives, the AFLCIO blog has some great articles to showcase. Check it out by clicking here.

Read about the death (we’re pretty sure) of the TPP; thoughts on the revising of NAFTA; nationwide Union participation in various Women’s Marches; and much more.

We also hope to feature more businesses and individuals relevant to the extended Detroit AFL-CIO Community as the months of 2017 progress. Check back often – we’re busy, so please bear with us!

The Foundation of Our Community

We are proud of the work the members of our community accomplish every day.

All around the state, from urban localities to rural areas, all members of the Illinois AFL-CIO can be proud of the work we do, each day of the week.

The strong work ethic we exemplify can be seen in the bridges and schools we construct, the roads we pave, and the vital services we provide, making people’s lives better. Our community sets its eyes and goals on a broader stage, as well: the AFL-CIO works to create new and better trade initiatives, with rules which would promote decent work and raise living standards for workers everywhere around the world. When such standards are raised, families can sustain themselves and better their broader communities.

Realizing that strong labor unions can only be built from the bottom-up, our group endeavors to foster this foundation, and keep the ties that bind this community alive. This site is our way to help with such community building.

Full Mouth Reconstruction – Comments From Our Northern Virginia Community

implant xray

There are members of our community that work in dental offices, and we very often field questions and inquiries about dental reconstruction. These questions can be about cost, and about the procedure itself. Since it is a popular topic, we decided to write an article on it, and in addition we wanted to shine a spotlight on a member of our community doing exceptional work in this discipline with regards to writing about it. We’ve gained much knowledge reading their posts at

There are many people who feel that they have a poor smile. There are others that suffer from even more severe oral problems, such as having many missing teeth or a damaged palate. Often people do not know what to do about this condition. Consider the following article for ideas as to next steps..

Full mouth reconstruction can give a fresh smile to you exactly in the way you want it. Patients having numerous missing teeth, broken, or corroded teeth might experience dental and oral issues in both bite, as well as how their smile looks. Having teeth that are out of alignment may lead to chewing problems due to an improper bite. With this situation, oral functions such as chewing can become a problem. Teeth become worn down and this leads to strain and pain in the muscles of the jaw. You may need an entire re-construction of your mouth if you have such issues.

An Overview

A full mouth reconstruction is a multiphase, step-by-step procedure which entails the aesthetic dentistry practices and the science of neuromuscular dentistry.
With the aid of full mouth reconstruction, patients regain a beautiful smile and more youthful look by rebuilding or restoring their teeth.
In addition to replacing or fixing the teeth that are damaged or missing, this restorative dentistry process involves rehabilitating the gum tissue, and fixing unusual bite and supporting bone structure as well.
This process is typically performed by a group of dental specialists such as periodontists who are experts in the diagnosis and therapy of gum disease; oral doctors; orthodontists who focus on tooth movement and position; and endodontists who cope with the diseases of enamel’s pulp.

What is involved with this Procedure?
In full mouth re-construction or restoration, the professional reviews the state of your gum tissues, bones and chin muscles.
As an example, the state of your oral health will eventually determine what restorative processes are required: inlays, porcelain veneers versus full-coverage crowns, dental implants, or more extensive reconstruction.
The team also looks into and handles the effects of any periodontal disease that may be present.

Full mouth reconstruction can comprise some or all of the subsequent procedures, depending on the situation
Basic teeth cleaning
Periodontal therapy
• New crowns or fillings
• Replacement of crowns or aged fillings.
Surgery to re position the jaw
• Oral surgery
Gingiva operation procedures that involve:
• Shaping of the gum tissue
• Jaw bone tissue or soft tissue grafting
• Placement of permanent corrections- for example, crowns, veneers, porcelain inlays, etc
• Orthodontic (dental braces) processes
• Neuromuscular dentistry
• Orthotic therapy to gain proper occlusion
Implants to aid with:
• Bonding
• Incomplete or complete dentures
• Contouring /reshaping of tooth/teeth
• Sleep apnea treatment
Oral surgery processes that involve:
• Replacing crowns or fillings

It is rather crucial to speak with your dentist and his dental team to discover what combination of procedures is required to your particular case. Whichever your situation, full mouth reconstruction may offer you a beautiful smile and better oral health overall.


The AFL-CIO’s Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2015

The AFL-CIO has posted a list of it’s top 10 most-read news stories for the past year:

It is worth reading to catch up on stories you may have missed, and get a more in-depth reading of core issues. Enjoy!


AFL-CIO President Trumka’s speech at the 2013 Convention

Detroit Workers

We like this video for its optimism and vision for working and business in Detroit.