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Happy Tax (and Walmart Subsidization) Day

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The following is from Americans for Tax Fairness: (April 15, 2014) — On tax day, when millions of American taxpayers and small businesses pay their fair share to support critical public services and the economy, they will also get stuck with a multi-billion dollar tax bill to cover the massive subsidies and tax breaks that […]

Paul Ryan’s Republican budget is full of horrible ideas

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2014) — Last week, all four of Washington state’s Republican members of Congress sided with Speaker John Boehner and voted to approve Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget by a vote of 219 to 205, with no Democrats voting in favor. The Ryan budget is chock full of so many terrible ideas that […]

American exceptionalism: No leave for workers

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(April 14, 2014) — The notion of “American exceptionalism,” that our nation is qualitatively different from others because of our independence and emergence from a revolution, is often used by conservatives to suggest superiority to other countries. But there are plenty of examples of America being exceptional — in a bad way — from the […]

Tell House: Extend lifeline to jobless families

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2014) — Since House Republican leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire in December 2013, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. After previous efforts to renew those vital benefits were blocked by Republicans, this week the U.S. Senate voted to renew them and that […]

NAFTA: 20-year legacy of middle-class harm

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 28, 2014) — Twenty years later and what have we learned from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Nearly 700,000 U.S. jobs have been lost or displaced, union density in the United States, Mexico and Canada fell and income inequality has increased. The AFL-CIO’s new report, NAFTA at 20, discusses how current […]

Connecticut’s paid sick leave: No negative impact on business

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The following is from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a non-partisan think tank focusing on economic and social issues. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 26, 2014) — Almost three years after Connecticut became the first state to sign into law paid sick days legislation, a new report, “Good for Business? Connecticut’s Paid Leave Law,” demonstrates […]

Lockout in Tennessee is part of Kellogg’s global campaign

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The following is from AFL-CIO Now: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Mar. 20, 2014) — When the Kellogg Co. locked out some 220 workers from its Memphis plant in October, it was another step in Kellogg’s corporate battle plan to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs in the United States and elsewhere with casual part-time employees who would make […]

Postal Union Alliance formed to fight privatization, service cuts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 13, 2014) — Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the presidents of the four postal unions have formed a historic alliance to fight back. The new Postal Union Alliance commits the unions to work together to protect service and oppose the subcontracting of work and privatization of services. […]

Urge White House to reject Norwegian Air scheme

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 12, 2014) — Multinational corporations are increasingly contracting out what used to be family-wage company jobs to staffing companies to avoid unionization and gain a competitive advantage by paying substandard wages and benefits. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the Air Line Pilots Association and other aviation unions are calling attention to an […]

Smith-Kilmer bill would renew aid for trade-affected workers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 6, 2014) — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Act of 2014 on Thursday to provide critical job training and worker assistance for Americans who have lost their jobs due to increased competition in the global marketplace. Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Charles Rangel […]

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