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5 Lies About the Estate Tax and the Truth Behind the Lies

On Tax Day this year, April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to introduce legislation that would repeal the estate tax, a policy designed to limit the concentration of wealth in the United States, generate revenue for the federal government by having those most able to pay and encourage charitable giving. The legislation comes as congressional Republican budget plans propose to slash trillions of dollars in money that benefits working families and gives away massive sums to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  

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Bill Would Make 9/11 Survivors' Health Care Program Permanent

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, along with Sept. 11 first responders and union leaders, today announced the introduction of legislation to make permanent the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The act makes critical health care available to first responders and workers suffering illnesses from the toxic stew at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center’s twin towers collapsed.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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On Equal Pay Day, Mind the Gap, All $431,000 of It

On Equal Pay Day, Mind the Gap, All $431,000 of It

Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the day when women workers close the 2014 pay gap, and that wage gap is huge. Women, on average, earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to men’s wages and that adds up to more than $10,800 a year and more than $400,000 over a career. 

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You Want to Hear the Band? Pay Them

Photo courtesy of StudioHole Recordings

When you hear a song on an AM/FM radio in your car or the radio in your garage or workout room, you probably figure the folks who made that music are getting paid. But the men and women doing the singing and playing do not see a penny of royalties for the hits they made. A new bill introduced in Congress today would pay the band.

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Say No to Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

Say No to Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Preparing for Negotiations with the ‘New’ American Airlines

Earlier this spring, Transport Workers Union (TWU) members from locals at American Airlines and US Airways met in Maryland for an intensive six-day contract negotiations training session to prepare for upcoming contract talks with the “new” American Airlines once the merger between American and US Airways is approved. See the video above for a closer look.

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Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

On Wednesday, the working families behind OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart are taking action to make sure that the retail giant knows that its recent moves to increase wages for some workers isn’t enough. They want you to join them and fast-food and other low-wage workers in the Fight for $15 on April 15 at actions across the country. The organizations will continue their call for Walmart to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and offer workers consistent full-time hours.

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Indiana Official Resigns over Pence’s Wage-Cut Moves

WDOT photo via Flickr Creative Commons

While Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was vacationing in Europe last week, a top state official resigned in protest over Pence’s efforts to cut middle-class wages. In his letter of resignation, Port Commissioner David Fagan wrote:

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6 Key Parts of Philadelphia Mayoral Candidate Jim Kenney's Education Platform

Photo courtesy Jim Kenney on Flickr

Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney (D) has unprecedented support from working families than any candidate in recent mayoral elections in the city.  He's already secured endorsements from local police, fire fighters, AFL-CIO, IBEW, AFSCME, the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT) and others.  Now he's released a comprehensive plan to improve the city's education system.

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