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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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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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21 Aug CWA unity raises pay

Strong unions of working people continue to deliver results. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), in negotiations with AT&T West and DirecTV, won pay raises, better health care and stronger retirement security. America’s working people congratulate the members of CWA, and thank each worker for helping to raise the bar for the rest of us. Message of the Day—CWA Unity Raises Pay CWA members in California and Nevada ratified an agreement with AT&T West that provides for wage increases, pension improvements and other gains, while blocking AT&T's demands for givebacks that would have cut pay, hiked up health care costs and taken away sick days from current employees. For 2,200 DirecTV technicians and workers in those states, this contract means improvements in health care, work rules and, for many, the first wage increase in more than two years. Overall, more than 10,000 DirecTV workers nationwide now have a voice and a contract. The AFL-CIO is committed to giving every worker the freedom to negotiate for a better life. Kitchen Table Economics 8 years: That’s how long the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25, during which time it has lost nearly 13% of its purchasing power because of inflation. Take Action Support rights for immigrant working people!         Source: 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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12 Jul Unity Works for America

In the midst of a stormy political summer, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers are staying focused on good jobs with a short documentary produced by PBS and narrated by James Earl Jones called “Made in America.” Check it out. The labor movement will never rest in our fight to make the American dream real for all workers. Message of the Day—Unity Works for America The American economy works best when working people get good pay and benefits, experts agree, because consumers drive 70% of our economy. Our economy isn’t like the weather. We can change it with activism on the job and through electoral politics. It’s time for working people to rewrite the economic rules so they work for all of us. We’re focused on pro-worker policies such as fair trade, good health care and the freedom to negotiate on the job. We’re also fighting to keep good jobs here at home and organizing to turn bad jobs into good ones. Kitchen Table Economics $204: That’s how much more working people earn per week when we join together to negotiate with our employers. WTF (We Think It’s Funny) Pros and cons of the gig economy. Take Action Call Your Senator for America’s Health Care! Source: Labor Wire...

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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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