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Mitt Romney Takes Hypocrisy to New Heights

Hugh J. Campbell of the United Steelworkers (USW) sends us this blog

In the article "You Built That: How Mitt Romney Shook Down American Taxpayers for His Welfare Olympics," Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele say Mitt Romney’s take-take-take mentality is nothing more than the old-fashioned double standard: If it enhances the standard of living of his cronies, it’s business as usual.

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Here's a Bright Idea: Let's Bring Jobs Back to America

Having a stable job can completely change your life. Communications Workers of America (CWA) just released a new YouTube video, Insourced, featuring recently hired workers whose lives improved because they have call center jobs. CWA negotiated agreements with AT&T and US Airways that brought jobs back to the United States.

Watch the video in the post, and read more about the Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act at www.cwa-union.org/callcenterbill

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Replacement Refs: A Perfect Example Why We Need Unions

It's time for NFL team owners to end the referee lockout.

The NFL referee lockout is a complete disaster—something that’s obvious to everyone except (supposedly) the people keeping the referees locked out. Much ink has been spent on decrying the replacement referees and how they’re ruining football (never mind how they’re putting players’ safety at risk). What hasn’t gotten much attention in this lockout is symbolic of a much bigger issue: Training for a high-performing workforce matters.

The union movement is the largest workforce trainer of adults outside the U.S. military.

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If Romney Gets the Wheel, Transit System Headed for Wreck

If Romney Gets the Wheel, Transit System Headed for Wreck

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan may be spending a lot of time on bus tours between now and Election Day, but their proposals for the nation’s transit systems would leave millions waiting for a ride. A new website RomneyWrecksTheBus.com from the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) outlines just how ugly a wreck Romney’s proposed 46% cut in federal transit funding would cause.  

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More Proof Ending Bush Tax Cuts Helps, Not Hurts, Job Growth

More Proof Ending Bush Tax Cuts Helps, Not Hurts, Job Growth

It gets a little complicated, but we’re going to drill down into some new economic data from two new analyses, showing that contrary to what Mitt Romney and his economic hatchet man Paul Ryan claim, ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy will not, repeat, will not hurt the economy or job growth.

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Michigan: Decline of Collective Bargaining Leads to Falling Incomes

Middle-class incomes in Michigan fell between 1979 and 2007, even though the state's overall economy grew. A new study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that over the past three decades, Michigan’s middle-class workers did worse than middle-class U.S. workers in general because collective bargaining had eroded more in Michigan than in the rest of the country. 

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New Film Explains How Divisive Rhetoric on Immigration Ignores Role U.S. Policy Played

It’s a refrain that’s all too familiar for America’s working families—anti-worker politicians and special interests use divide-and-conquer strategies in hopes that highlighting our differences will split us apart. 

A new documentary film "Harvest of Empire," opening in select theaters this Friday, examines the inherent contradiction in American policies that have compelled Latino immigrants to migrate to the United States—but at the same time closed the doors to opportunity for aspiring citizens.  

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Tell Us What You Think: What Was Wrong With the U.S. Economy Before the Crash of 2008?

This is the third of a four-part series describing what went wrong with America’s economy and how to fix it. See Part 4 tomorrow and read Part 1 here and Part 2: "Tell Us What You Think: What’s Wrong With the U.S. Economy? The Long Answer"—and please leave a comment to tell us what you think. (Click the chart to enlarge.) 

If we want to fix what’s wrong with our economy, we can’t just return to the way things were before the Crash of 2008.  We have to fix what was wrong before the Crash.

And what was that?  In short, it was the failure of our low-wage economic strategy of the past 30 years, which crippled the growth engine of the U.S. economy.

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Todd Akin—Let the Nonsense Tour Begin

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's "Common Sense" Nonsense tour, was greeted by activists yesterday.

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin could have selected a better title for his campaign travels with Phyllis Schlafly and other prominent extreme conservatives than a “Common Sense” bus tour. A more appropriate title, according to Missouri activists, would be Akin’s Nonsense Tour. After all, what politician, other than Mitt Romney, has made so many statements recently that defy common sense? 

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Sign Our Petition: This Football Season Has 'Become a Disaster'

Sign the petition to demand an end of the lockout of the NFL referees.

This football season has become a disaster because of the greed of NFL management and team owners—who brought in more than $8.3 billion in revenue last year and who don't mind making a quick buck at the expense of NFL players’ safety, NFL fans and the integrity of America’s game, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in an e-mail to online activists. 

Since the botched call by a replacement referee cost the Green Bay Packers a win against the Seattle Seahawks Monday night, football fans all over the country are speaking out and demanding the NFL owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell end the referee lockout. (Read "Monday Night Football Disaster in Seattle Brings More Calls to End NFL Lockout of Refs.")

Sign the petition we’ve launched with our partner Daily Kos to NFL owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to demand they end the referee lockout.

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