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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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06 Sep Immigration law should raise pay

In another day of protests, a loud crowd rallied in front of the White House against President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 800,000 tax-paying and law-abiding immigrants who came to the United States as children. The AFL-CIO supports DACA because it empowers all working people and because the program raises pay. "When you target the DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status to take away freedom and security, we are all under attack, and we will all fight back," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Message of the Day - Immigration Law Should Raise Pay Immigration policy should raise wages and reduce exploitation by expanding rights and protections to all workers, not by terrorizing law-abiding people. The DACA program proves the power of this approach because the average hourly pay of its nearly 800,000 recipients rose by an astounding 69%, which increased tax revenue and raised standards for all working people. The bad decision to end DACA will lead to 30,000 people losing their jobs each month, and the loss of $400 billion from the U.S. gross domestic product. The decision to take freedom and security from some 800,000 people will increase the pool of vulnerable workers in our country and embolden bad employers to retaliate against working men and women who try to organize on the job or speak out against abusive or dangerous working conditions. Kitchen Table Economics 100%: That's how many of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are law-abiding, with no criminal record at all. Take Action Support freedom for immigrants!         Source: Labor Wire...

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