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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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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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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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18 Jul Our Priority is Good Jobs

Working people again have stopped Republican leaders from gutting health care to give more tax cuts to the rich and powerful. While remaining steadfast on health care, we also are looking to the next big policy fights. One will be over the federal budget. We will mobilize to defeat any proposal that hurts working families. Message of the Day—Our Priority Is Good Jobs The budget priorities of working people are simple. We want: Massive investments in America’s infrastructure, including mass transit, to create jobs, increase competitiveness and bring more workers into apprenticeship programs for a lifetime in the skilled trades. Long-term investment in public education, from pre-K through graduate schools, which includes basic research for the next generation of innovation. Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to make sure more people have access to quality, affordable health care and a secure retirement. Kitchen Table Economics 38,000: That’s how many workers in Missouri have been cheated out of a raise by the Republican majority in the state legislature, which lowered the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 an hour to $7.70 WTF (We Think It’s Funny) “Curses!” shouts fist-shaking Meals on Wheels ringleader as President Trump cuts off gravy train. Take Action Wall Street should pay its fair share!        ...

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14 Jul Hands Off Our Paid Sick Days

  Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45) has been working with corporate and HR groups on national legislation that would create a voluntary threshold for paid sick days or flexible schedules - any employer who meets this federal threshold would NO LONGER HAVE TO COMPLY with state and local paid sick days laws and possibly others as well. This legislation would set a horrible precedent and negatively impact the health and well-being of our families and communities. They will pitch this bill as 'workplace flexibility,' but the employer gets to decide if the time you want would 'unduly disrupt' their business, and would likely have control over other factors as well. We need your help: Join us in calling on Rep. Walters to back down from promoting this legislation.   Call her office to say NO to the Corporate "Safe Harbor". Here is a phone script and number to call. When:  July 14, 2017 and July 21, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM Phone #: (949)263-8703 For more information, visit California Work & Family Coalition.  ...

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27 Jun Working families say: Solve America’s problems, don’t make more

The Senate Republican health care bill may use a little less gasoline than the House version, but it still sets fire to the health insurance of 22 million Americans, which is why it will go down in history as one of America’s worst pieces of legislation. Working families are united against it. Message of the Day—Working Families Say: Solve America’s Problems, Don’t Make More! The Senate health care scam would rip health insurance from 22 million working people. It takes Medicaid coverage from 15 million people—children with disabilities who need care at school, pregnant women and seniors receiving nursing home care or support to stay in the community. The bill gives about $1 trillion to corporations and the wealthiest 1% while imposing a tax on employer-sponsored health insurance and increasing out-of-pocket costs and taxes on working people. The Senate bill hurts everyone. If your insurance isn’t gone, you will have fewer protections and your premiums will climb as providers pass along their uncompensated care costs. Polls over the past few days say the Senate “wealthcare” bill has lowered President Donald Trump’s already dismal approval rating to 38% and pushed his disapproval rating up to 57%.   Kitchen Table Economics 6 months: If you don’t have insurance when you get sick or suffer an accident, that’s how long you’d have to wait for lifesaving health care—even if it kills you.   Take Action Stop Republican “wealthcare”!   Source: Labor Wire...

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