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Palermo’s Pizza Doesn’t Deliver—On Jobs

Palermo’s Pizza Doesn’t Deliver—On Jobs

Palermo’s Pizza, where workers have been on strike since June 1 protesting unfair labor practices, has received some $26 million in local, state and federal funds since 2005. The majority of funds were earmarked for job creation and economic development. But a new report from the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research finds little evidence Palermo's has kept its word.

Released today in Milwaukee, “Too Much Pork in the Pepperoni Pizza?” finds that because of the lack of transparency and accountability on the part of Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), which administered much of Palermo’s corporate welfare, “We can’t know whether Palermo’s has kept its promise.”

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Social Security COLA at Risk with Chained CPI Proposals

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The chain CPI formula calculation would further erode Social Security benefits.

Today's announcement that Social Security recipients will receive a modest increase (1.7%) in their cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was a small but welcome boost for seniors who are seeing prices increase on necessities, from health care to food. However, even this modest increase could be jeopardized if proposals floating around in Washington to "tweak" the current COLA formula by tying it to the so-called "chained CPI" are passed. 

Senior advocates and retirement experts say the current formula, the CPI-W, is already inadequate. Higher health care costs and expenses seniors face are not accurately addressed in the CPI-W.

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‘Expand the Debate’ with Democracy Now

Before the presidential debate tonight, tune in to Democracy Now as the “Expanding the Debate” series continues. At 8 p.m. ET, Democracy Now will host and air a pre-debate community roundtable, live from Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y.

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N.H. Activists Urge Bass, Guinta to Keep Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Off Lame-Duck Chopping Block

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New Hampshire Reps. Charles Bass (R) and Frank Guinta (R) have toed the line of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his extreme tea party-influenced agenda, with attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and continued tax cuts for the rich.

With Bass’ and Guinta’s record on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Bush tax cuts in mind, yesterday several dozen union and community activists delivered “Middle Class Survival Kits” to their district offices in Manchester and Nashua.

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Working America: A Doorstep Focus Group Every Night

Learn more about Working America at www.workingamerica.org

This is an excerpt from the Huffington Post, "A Doorstep Focus Group Every Night," by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. 

Every day while the right-wing SuperPACs pour millions of dollars into attack ads, canvassers for Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate, knock on nearly 25,000 doors and talk to more than 10,000  actual voters in town after town and state after state.

Each conversation is a little bit different, but together they amount to something like a series of giant nightly focus groups with people who are as “real” as you can get.

Voters care most about big issues like taxes and jobs and education. People want the richest Americans to pay reasonable taxes so our country can create good jobs in construction, transportation and more, and so we can hire police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers for our communities.

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Voting: When a Right Becomes Threatened

Voting: When a Right Becomes Threatened

Actor and SAG-AFTRA member Anne-Marie Johnson grew up at the dawn of the Voting Rights Act and the volatile (and sometimes violent) struggle to ensure the right to vote for all people. She writes in The Huffington Post:

As a woman of color, of a certain age, the threat of losing one's right to cast a vote is not some far off, distant memory in some far off foreign land....In several states across the country, the right of Americans to cast a vote is being challenged.

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Why We Need to Protect the Affordable Care Act

Choosing between paying the rent, food or health insurance is a heart-wrenching decision many working people have to make. Just ask Regina Holliday, who lost her husband to cancer because they were unable to pay $1,000 a month for health care. The Affordable Care Act makes it possible for 33 million working people to obtain health care coverage. When you vote this November, take a minute to consider the Holliday's story, featured in a Families USA YouTube video. House Republicans have tried to repeal health care reform 33 times. Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, also would repeal the Affordable Care Act. View more stories from the uninsured and others benefiting from the new health care law on Families USA's YouTube channel

 

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Tonight: AFL-CIO Second Presidential Debate Chat

Tonight: AFL-CIO Second Presidential Debate Chat

Don't forget to check into the AFL-CIO Now blog tonight at www.aflcio.org/debatechat to join our live chat on the second presidential debate with our policy team and Working America

Text DEBATE to AFLCIO (235246) to join our text action team. (Standard messaging and data rates may apply.)

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Massachusetts Union Members Go Door to Door for Warren

Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is a “genuine American hero, a pioneer for consumers’ rights, a champion for workers’ rights…who will stand with Massachusetts working families every time, and especially when we need her the most,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told more than 700 union members Saturday before they marched off into neighborhoods to talk to voters.

 

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IUPAT Foundation Partners with United Cerebral Palsy's My Child Without Limits

The Painters and Allied Trades for Children's Hope Foundation (PATCH) has announced a new partnership with United Cerebral Palsy's My Child Without Limits. 

For every new "like" on the PATCH Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PATCHFoundation) or new follower on Twitter (www.twitter.com/PATCHFoundation), PATCH will donate $1 to UCP's My Child Without Limits. 

To learn more about PATCH, please visit www.iupat.org/patch.

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