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18 Jan Real people get hurt

The Labor Wire President Donald Trump should stop playing politics with our livelihoods and get out of the way as responsible lawmakers work toward a deal to keep vital government services, extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program and protect immigrants, including nearly 1 million brought to America as children. Enough with the shutdowns! Working people want progress! Message of the Day—Real People Get Hurt! Instead of more political chaos, Americans are rightly demanding that our elected leaders keep the government open, protect immigrant workers and fund a bipartisan program for children’s health care. Federal government shutdowns are dangerous and costly. The last time Congress shut down the government for 16 days in 2013, it caused 120,000 fewer jobs to be created in the private sector. Additional fallout from the 2013 government shutdown included: Hundreds of cancer patients who couldn’t enroll in clinical trials. Delayed food inspections by the Food and Drug Administration. The Environmental Protection Agency stopped cleanup at 62% of superfund sites. Veterans with disabilities who couldn’t make benefit claims. Head Start programs that shut their doors. Kitchen Table Economics 122: That’s how many DACA recipients lose work permits and risk getting fired and deported every day that Congress fails to pass a fix for immigrants brought to America as children. Take Action Protect immigrant workers!                   Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO...

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21 Dec Art Pulaski on GOP Tax Scam: We won’t forget this betrayal

California Labor Movement Blasts GOP Members of Congress for Selling Out Working People with Tax Vote Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski December 20, 2017 It’s a travesty that GOP members of Congress chose to mortgage California’s future to provide a huge gift to the big corporations and wealthy out-of-state donors who fund their campaigns. Analysis after analysis confirms this bill is a disaster for California. It triggers automatic cuts to Medicare, undermines the Affordable Care Act, imperils Social Security, and increases taxes for many middle-class and low-income families just to give the wealthiest among us yet another undeserved advantage. It’s no surprise that this awful bill is deeply unpopular. For weeks, constituents have been protesting at the California offices of GOP members of Congress only to have their concerns fall upon deaf ears. There was a constellation of reasons for California members to vote ‘no’ yet nearly all of California’s GOP delegation marched in lockstep with President Trump and the corporate lobbyists and DC politicians doing his bidding. Due to a procedural error as a result of the GOP ramming this bill down the throats of Americans without due diligence, the House will vote again tomorrow. While I’d like to think California Republicans might develop a conscience overnight, we know better. Once in the pocket of corporate special interests, always in the pocket of corporate special interests. Californians have a long memory. We won’t forget this betrayal at the hands of GOP congressmembers who sold us out for the most cynical of political reasons. The California labor movement is 100 percent committed to holding every California GOP member of Congress accountable for this vote. We’ll be talking to voters every day to ensure that Election Day 2018 is a day of reckoning for the politicians who chose to give their wealthy donors a huge gift at the expense of the hard-working families in their districts.     *Posted in Blog: Labor EdgeTagged GOP Tax Scam ...

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14 Dec Stop the GOP tax scam

THE LABOR WIRE December 14, 2017 Republican politicians should listen to the voters of Alabama, seat Doug Jones, stop their historically unpopular tax bill with its handouts to corporations and the super-rich, and start working for the good of regular working families and our communities. Message of the Day—Stop the GOP Tax Scam The Republican tax scam would make working people pay for wasteful tax giveaways, at the expense of our jobs, health care and infrastructure. The GOP tax bill is a massive handout to the rich. The richest 0.1% would get an average tax cut of more than $182,000, and 62% of the tax breaks in the Senate bill would go to the richest 1%. Tax bills for working families will rise. Some 87 million households making under $200,000 would pay more in taxes by 2027. The Republican plan will no longer tax any overseas corporate profits at all, which is a huge incentive to send America’s jobs offshore. Working people would lose health care. Premiums would rise 10% for millions of people, 13 million people would lose their health insurance entirely and 15,000 more people would die every year. Meanwhile, Republicans want to cut Medicaid and Medicare by $1.5 trillion—the same price tag as their tax bill. Congress should make corporations and the rich pay their fair share of taxes, so we can invest in our shared priorities: good jobs and a strong future for our families and communities. Kitchen Table Economics More than $30,000: That’s the size of the tax break per child that the GOP tax bill would give to rich families who send their children to private school, even as the bill attacks funding for public education and ends a modest $600 tax break for public school teachers who buy equipment and materials for the classroom. Take Action Save our jobs! Reject the GOP tax scam!                   Source:  The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO - December 14, 2017...

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13 Dec Alabama fights for workers

Alabama’s labor movement built the largest labor political program in the state’s history to propel Doug Jones to victory, because we believe he will fight for working families in the U.S. Senate. “I am so proud of every person who volunteered and worked tirelessly to make this the biggest, most successful political program in the history of our great state,” said Alabama AFL-CIO President and USW 12L member Bren Riley. “Together with the support of so many unions, we turned out union members and households to drive home an incredible win for Alabama’s working families.” Message of the Day—Alabama Fights for Workers On Tuesday, the Alabama labor movement capped its largest political effort in history with a major win by electing working-family champion Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, once again proving the power of unity everywhere. African American union women made the difference. African American women are 12% of the state’s union membership, yet made nearly a quarter of all contacts in this unprecedented labor program. The Alabama labor movement is powerful. It is not considered a labor stronghold, but Alabama has greater union density than Florida and Virginia and about the same as Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. The Alabama labor movement has clout. Volunteers in the labor program handed out 40,000 worksite flyers, spoke with nearly 100,000 Alabama union members at the door and on the phone, and reached 116,000 working families by mail. The Alabama labor movement is unified. Unions from every sector of our economy united to make the victory of Doug Jones possible. Working people are the strongest economic and political force in America. All elected leaders should take note, and pursue policies that rewrite the rules of the economy for working people, our families and our communities. Kitchen Table Economics $3.23 per hour: That’s the difference in Alabama between the minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour, and the living wage, which is estimated at $10.48 per hour. Take Action Save Our JOBS! Reject the GOP Tax SCAM!         Source:  The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO - December 13, 2017...

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08 Dec Trump joins attack on worker freedoms

THE LABOR WIRE December 8, 2017 President Donald Trump has once again broken his word by siding with powerful corporations over regular working people. The Trump administration is seeking to abandon decades of settled law in order to take away the basic freedom of millions of working people to have a voice on the job. The U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, could undermine the ability of nurses, teachers and other public workers to negotiate over pay, benefits and workplace safety. America’s labor movement urges Trump to stop backing powerful corporations and start supporting working people. Message of the Day—Trump Joins Attack on Worker Freedoms The Janus case is a well-funded and blatantly political plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people. The billionaire CEOs and corporate interests behind this case, and the politicians who do their bidding, have teamed up to strike at our freedom to come together in strong unions. The people behind this case simply do not believe we should have the same freedoms they do: to negotiate a fair return on our work. This is terrible for our families and our communities because: Working people are the solution, not the problem. All across our country, we need to raise our voices for better pay and benefits and quality public services, not find ourselves gagged by billionaires. Our communities need rising pay, not inequality. Inequality in America is at a record high. Taking away our freedoms to speak and assemble will only make it harder for us to win broadly shared prosperity. “Arguing against our freedoms at work is not what working people expect of our government. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President, and these actions do not support working families as you so often claim,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Kitchen Table Economics 5,000: That’s the number of jobs that will be created to provide quality public services in Los Angeles by 2018 by the Fix LA coalition of labor unions, communication organizations and the city government. TAKE ACTION: Call Your Representative to Help Save American Jobs The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress want to pay for expensive tax breaks for millionaires and big corporations by cutting vital services working people depend on like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and public education. Make a call to urge our elected leaders to reject any bill that makes drastic cuts that hurt working people to pay for wasteful tax giveaways for corporations.       Source: Labor Wire, AFL-CIO - 12/8/17   ...

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22 Nov Lots to be thankful for

The AFL-CIO is thankful for every working person who makes our labor movement strong. We wish each of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. We’ll be back after Thanksgiving. Message of the Day - Lots to be Thankful For Approval of labor unions is the highest since 2003. Working family candidates had a big Election Day. Labor apprenticeship programs are helping women and people of color climb the ladder to better jobs. Working people continue to win organizing and contract campaigns from coast to coast. Congressional Democrats included a strong workers’ rights platform in their “Better Deal” agenda. Kitchen Table Economics 51 million: The number of Americans who will be traveling over the next few days, many with the help of hardworking union members. Take Action Protect Immigrant Workers!       Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO...

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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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