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Showing blog posts published on Dec 14, 2012

Trumka: School Shooting ‘Inexplicable Horror’

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responded to today's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and seven adults dead.  

We want to express our extreme sadness for the community of Newtown, and particularly the families of the victims. As a father myself, this tragedy is a parent’s worst nightmare. This is a moment for America to come together and do what we do best—support one another as we try to recover from this senseless and inexplicable horror.

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Chained CPI Is a Cut in Social Security Benefits and 'Stealth' Tax Hike

Illustration by Aryer via Art Strike

Beware the "chained" CPI.

As Republicans in Congress take a hard line in the sand against higher tax rates for millionaires and billionaires, they are demanding a Social Security benefit cut through a lower Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs). The lower COLA would result from the adoption of a new formula for calculating COLAs called "Chained CPI." 

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Low-Wage Workers Hit Hardest by Workplace Injuries, Illnesses

Photo from “Mom’s off Work ’Cause She Got Hurt: The Economic Impact of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in the U.S.’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce"

It’s a double whammy for low-wage workers when they get hurt or fall ill on the job.

A new policy brief, “Mom’s Off Work ’Cause She Got Hurt: The Economic Impact of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in the U.S.’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce,” examines the growing problem. 

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EU Parliament Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of a Financial Transactions Tax

As policymakers in the United States wrangle over how to avert the austerity bomb, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the financial transactions tax (FTT). The European FTT is expected to raise as much as €37 billion each year ($48 billion in U.S. dollars).

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Deportation: The Human Cost

Photo courtesy of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Facebook page.

There has been much talk recently of our immigration policy and the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform, but too often these discussions, especially in the halls of Congress, lack a human and family dimension. In the first half of 2011, 46,000 undocumented immigrants were deported from the United States. Depending on which new outlet reports that fact, we may hear a variety of terms used to describe those people, ranging from “illegal aliens,” or “illegal immigrants,” to “undocumented immigrants,” or simply “immigrants.” Rarely do we hear: “46,000 parents  were torn away from their children and deported to another country in the first half of 2011.” A Wish for the Holidays campaign wants to change that.

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Union-Made Holiday Sweet Treats from BCTGM

Union-Made Holiday Sweet Treats from BCTGM

Have a BCTGM-Made Holiday Season is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM).

Delight your friends and loved ones with holiday treats made by hard-working BCTGM members! Listed here is a sampling of the BCTGM-contracted companies that produce seasonal specialties.

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