UPDATE (Nov. 21) — Your calls to Congress are making a difference! But as lame-duck debt-reduction negotiations intensify, we also need to intensify our efforts to deliver the messages: “No benefit cuts in Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and no more tax breaks for the richest 2% of Americans!” Please download, post and circulate this flier, and get ready for another National Call-In Day on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
(Nov. 2) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently warned of a debt-reduction deal called the “grand bargain” that’s being negotiated behind closed doors in Washington, D.C., and could be voted upon during the lame-duck session immediately following the election. He said this grand bargain “boils down to lower tax rates for rich people — paid for by benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
The Washington State Labor Council, alongside its affiliated unions and community partners, are joining the AFL-CIO in mobilizing to urge members of Congress to oppose such a “bargain.” Thursday, Nov. 8 is a national day of action on the issue and events are planned in Seattle and Spokane.
CALL CONGRESS NOW at 1-888-659-9401 and leave a message for your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative urging no benefit cuts in Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and no more tax breaks for the richest 2% of Americans. (Download the flier.) On Nov. 8, union members and other supporters will be urged to call their Congressional Representatives and Senators and leave messages urging against safety net benefit cuts and more tax breaks for the richest 2% of Americans. Also, sign the online petition on this issue.
Here are the details on mobilization events:
SPOKANE RALLY — On Thursday, Nov. 8 from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. (program at 8 a.m.), union members and other supporters of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will gather at Riverside and Division at the entrance to the new University District in Spokane. Labor speakers will include Spokane Regional Labor Council President Timm Ormsby as emcee and Mike Foley of UA Local 44 representing construction workers. Following the rally a delegation will be going to the office of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5th) to express working families’ positions on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and on extending tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans.
W.S.L.C. LUNCHEON IN SEATTLE — On Thursday, Nov. 8 at noon, the Washington State Labor Council will host its annual post-election luncheon at Seattle’s Catholic Seafarers Center, 2330 1st Ave. But this year, in addition to the usual raffle benefiting the Center and celebration of the beginning of the holiday season, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) will be on hand to hear from a brief panel of speakers discussing the so-called grand bargain. U.S. Reps.-elect Suzan DelBene and Denny Heck also have been invited to attend.
The luncheon costs $15 per person. Please RSVP to Braden Van Dragt at the Catholic Seafarers Center at 206-441-4773.