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17 Nov Make trade work for workers

THE LABOR WIRE AFL-CIO As negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement resume today, it has never been clearer that working people must transform this trade agreement, which is actually more of an investment agreement to outsource jobs, into a good trade agreement meant to increase wages and create better jobs. America’s labor movement is committed to making trade work for working people. Message of the Day - Make Trade Work for Workers As the NAFTA negotiations reach a crossroads, a few good proposals have been outweighed by bad ones, including: Making prescription medicine more expensive. Leaving personal information such as Social Security numbers and employment history unprotected by changing rules on cross-border data flow. Ending country-of-origin labels for pork and beef. As bad as those proposals are, the failure to bring forward good reforms is even worse. The most important is the absence of new rules to protect worker freedoms so people can form unions and negotiate for better pay and benefits. It’s time for America’s trade agreements to level the playing field between workers and corporations by ensuring that all three NAFTA countries abide by basic international labor standards so all workers can form or join unions to negotiate to raise wages. Working families are fighting to make NAFTA benefit working people, not just corporations and the rich. Kitchen Table Economics 930,000: That’s how many jobs corporate CEOs have shipped away from the United States by using the investor-friendly outsourcing rules under NAFTA. Take Action Tell Congress to oppose NAFTA rules that encourage corporate power grabs Multinational corporations are trying to make sure that the new North American Free Trade Agreement includes a way for them to sue our government if it passes laws that protect working people that conflict with the companies' ability to turn a better profit. Working families have borne the brunt of this terrible trade deal for the past 25 years. Our next trade agreement cannot be made without taking working people into account.                   Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO...

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14 Nov Fighting Tax Cuts for the Rich

America’s labor movement is focused on fighting the $1.5 trillion tax cut from the House GOP because it would reward outsourcing, slow down economic growth and overburden the middle class. It’s time for Congress to tax Wall Street and CEOs to create jobs, build vital infrastructure and prepare our people for the work ahead. Message of the Day—Fighting Tax Cuts for the Rich The AFL-CIO and our allies are fighting for tax and budget policies that meet the needs of working people. Real tax reform will close the loopholes that give massive tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs and profits, and require millionaires and Wall Street to pay their fair share. Responsible lawmakers will use tax revenue to create good jobs for working people now and in the future, while still funding critically important programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The $1.5 trillion tax cut hailed by House Republican leaders isn’t reform. It’s just another giveaway to the rich and powerful, while working people pay the tab. Kitchen Table Economics No: That’s the answer to this question: Will the $1.5 trillion House GOP tax cut create jobs? Take Action Tell Congress to Reject the GOP Tax Bill!         Source:  The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO...

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06 Nov Stop GOP Giveaways to the Rich

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas, this morning as yet another American community is reeling from the horror of gun violence. We salute the first responders who heroically attended to the victims of this latest mass shooting and call on our nation to unite around solutions to stop the carnage. Message of the Day - Stop GOP Giveaways to the Rich The new GOP tax bill would explode the federal budget deficit by more than $1.5 trillion by slashing taxes for the rich and powerful, wealthy corporations and foreign investors—leaving working families to pay the tab. Working families would end up paying more taxes as the GOP seeks to end deductions for housing, state and local taxes, medical expenses and educational costs. Meanwhile, about one-third of the benefits of this tax plan—approximately $70 billion a year—would go directly to foreign investors who own shares in American companies, says an analysis by Steven Rosenthal at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. The AFL-CIO demands a tax code that works for working families while providing the resources necessary for America’s workers and businesses to compete and succeed on the world stage. Kitchen Table Economics None at all: That’s the benefit to our economy, job growth or wage benefits from cutting taxes on powerful corporations and the rich. Take Action No More Tax Breaks for Billionaires! Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO...

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02 Nov Make Taxes Fair

The House GOP today released its plan to slash taxes for the rich by cutting services and taking money out of the pockets of working families. America’s labor movement will fight every attempt by President Trump and congressional leaders to give preference to millionaires and billionaires, and have hardworking people pay the tab. Message of the Day - Make Taxes Fair Eight ways the Republican tax bill will hurt working people: It would kill jobs. lt would give companies a huge tax break for outsourcing. It would pay for tax cuts with drastic cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and education. It still won't be paid for, so we can expect Republicans to demand more budget cuts that hurt working people in the future. It would increase taxes on many middle-class families, and most of its tax breaks would go to the top 1%. It would punish states that make the kind of investments that create good jobs. It would encourage high-income employees to avoid taxes by setting up pass-through businesses, robbing billions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare. It would tax long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. It would kill construction jobs by limiting the mortgage interest deduction. Kitchen Table Economics 54 cents: The average amount Latina women are paid for every dollar made by white men. Take Action Hold the Line on Workplace Rights!                             Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO...

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13 Oct Firefighters Define Heroism

As awful as it is to watch the destructive wildfires in California, it is just as inspiring to witness the selflessness and heroism of those fighting it. America’s firefighters define bravery by risking their lives to save others. After the fires, the entire labor movement will join in the efforts to rebuild the damaged communities. Message of the Day - Firefighters Define Heroism The deadliest wildfires in California history continue to rage, scorching thousands of acres across the northern part of the state. All told, more than 21 major fires driven by hot, dry winds have charred more than 191,000 acres since fires began on Sunday night. More than 3,500 homes have been burned. The causes of the fires remain under investigation. Kitchen Table Economics 31: That’s how many people have died in the recent California wildfires. Hundreds of people remain missing. Take Action Make trade work for workers!                       Source: The Labor Wire...

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19 Sep Expand health coverage!

The Labor Wire Once again, Senate Republican leaders are pushing their incredibly unpopular and destructive plan to take health care from millions of Americans to line the pockets of corporate CEOs. Working people will continue to oppose transferring wealth from workers to Wall Street under the guise of health care. Message of the Day - Expand Health Coverage! Republican leaders in the Senate should stop trying to find ways to make health care worse. The latest plan is yet another attempt to deny health care to people who need it to give tax breaks to those who don't. Insurance premiums and other out-of-pocket costs will spike, public health emergencies like the opioid epidemic will get worse, rural health care will suffer and older Americans will get kicked out of nursing homes. Working families want better health care, and that's what Congress should be focused on. Kitchen Table Economics 62%: That's the growing portion of the American public who want a universal health care option, like Medicare for all.     Source: The Labor Wire...

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12 Sep Parents want well-funded local schools

The Labor Wire Three out of four parents of public school students say public education is good or excellent, and nearly as many want to keep high-quality neighborhood public schools with more funding and less emphasis on standardized tests, says a new nationwide poll from the AFT. Message of the Day—Parents Want Well-Funded Local Schools The members of AFT know how important it is to listen to parents when charting a course for public education, which is why the union conducted a major survey of 1,200 public school parents from across our nation. Only one in five parents endorses the agenda of vouchers and charter schools put forward by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration. Four in five parents want high-quality, well-funded neighborhood public schools with a focus on safety, well-being and a culture of collaboration. Parents also expressed enormous confidence (71% and higher) in educators, including teachers, principals and parent organizations. On the subject of public school priorities, parents want smaller class sizes, more resources for art and music, healthier food, less emphasis on standardized tests, and more access to career and technical education to prepare students for jobs. Kitchen Table Economics 23%: Betsy DeVos’ approval rating among public school parents, according to a new nationwide poll. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund!     Source: The Labor Wire...

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11 Sep Train, Build and Invest

The Labor Wire This 16th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil finds a nation facing the long road of recovering from not one but two hurricanes. This is a good time for all of us to remember those who died 16 years ago, for all who gave their lives for our nation and for the first responders who so selflessly respond to every disaster and crisis. Message of the Day—Train, Build and Invest America’s answer to the devastation of hurricanes and torrential rains in the flood-swept Southeast and Gulf Coast should be massive investments to rebuild, yes, but also to prepare America for a prosperous future. The AFL-CIO has long advocated for heavy-duty investments in America’s infrastructure, money measured not by the billion but the trillion. Massive infrastructure investments will do more than put Band-Aids on the afflicted regions. The right investments will revitalize the areas torn by wind and water—and also the rest of our country—creating millions of good-paying jobs from coast to coast, spurring investment in America’s domestic manufacturing and laying the groundwork for a whole new generation of innovative private industries. The time to invest is now. The cost is low. The need is high. And with prevailing wage rules and apprenticeship training, these investments will lift up long-neglected communities and help women, veterans and people of color acquire skills and rewarding careers. Kitchen Table Economics $300,000: That’s how much more, on average, an American worker earns who has completed an apprenticeship program, over his or her lifetime. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund! Source: The Labor Wire...

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08 Sep Unity is American

The Labor Wire Working people across America are united in our concern for the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These storms are shaking the foundation of our world. Union members continue to give our time, labor and hard-earned money so damaged communities can recover. We won't stop until the work is done, even as we pray for everyone in the path of the storms. Message of the Day  - Unity Is American America's working  people stand together in the hardest times, such as this past week when utility and public service workers labored selflessly to maintain and rebuild vital water, sewage and electrical systems as Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas. Working people in Florida are preparing to do the same today. America's working people are the backbone of our nation. We are its beating heart. After we work to save and rebuild the lives affected by these storms, we will rebuild our communities by standing in unity and negotiating together with our employers for a better life. Kitchen Table Economics 63%: That's how many Americans don't have enough in savings to cover a $500 emergency, which is one reason why disasters like hurricanes punish working families so hard. Take Action Give to the Texas Workers Relief Fund!       Source: The Labor Wire...

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