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Immigration Reform Would Unlock Temporary Foreign Workers from ‘Debt Bondage’ to Recruiters

Temporary foreign workers, from teachers to agriculture workers to au pairs, typically pay recruiting fees to individuals or agencies retained by U.S. employers seeking foreign labor. These fees can range from $500 to well over $10,000, even for temporary jobs that pay little. That means these workers arrive in the United States deeply in debt because they must borrow money, often at high interest rates.

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Report: ‘Walmart Loophole’ Allows Big Employers to Undermine Affordable Care Act

Photo courtesy: Ron Dauphin

We all know that working for Walmart is no picnic. It pays low wages, slashes hours, offers little or no job security, exploits and intimidates workers and uses sweatshop labor. That’s why Walmart workers are on strike this week, to protest the corporation’s greedy behavior and shady business practices. Learn more about the strike here.

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Understanding the Need for Full Employment

Understanding the Need for Full Employment

Last week, the Social Security Trust Fund report was released. One of its more telling charts was of the trend in Social Security revenue. Social Security revenue comes from a tax on the wages of earners, paid by both employees and employers. So, essentially it tracks the level of employment. Based on the simple trend of revenues from 1990 to 2007, just before the Great Recession started, 2012 revenue would have been $899.4 billion; instead, it was $840 billion.  That gap means less money to build up the Social Security Trust Fund than expected. The trustees do not break down the revenue by the age of workers, but based on the dramatically lower employment experience of young workers, the bulk of that gap reflects the lost wages of young people.

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Bills Would Curb Job-Killing Currency Manipulation

Bills Would Curb Job-Killing Currency Manipulation

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released a statement today announcing support for the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2013 and its companion legislation in the House, the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2013. Trumka warned that currency manipulation by foreign governments leads to the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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Report: Lowering Corporate Tax Rates Won't Boost Economy

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shatters several bits of conventional wisdom embraced by the media and many in Washington, D.C., including the oft-repeated Republican mantra that lower corporate taxes boost the economy. The analysis found no evidence that changes in the statutory or effective tax rate on corporations are correlated with economic growth.

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Thousands Are Telling Us How to Build a Stronger Movement for Working People...Have You?

Leading up to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention, we’re asking union members, working families and ally groups all over the country to give us their ideas on how we can build a stronger movement for working people.

These discussions on the future of the labor movement have spanned from Facebook and Twitter to our 2013 convention website and 39 in-person listening sessions in the states, with more than 45 more in the works.

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