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One Year After 15 Died in Preventable Texas Fertilizer Blast, Safety Rules Stalled

 

When the West, Texas, fertilizer plant, where 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in wooden sheds without sprinkler systems and near other combustible material—caught fire, exploded and killed 15 people, including 10 emergency responders, the state of Texas had virtually no regulations governing ammonium nitrate and other hazardous chemicals. A year later, it still doesn’t.

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Republicans Push Corporate Takeover of Public Job Training System

In yet another move to put power in the hands of the 1 percent, House Republicans have introduced legislation to hand over the nation’s publicly administered job training and workforce development system to the corporate sector.

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Republicans Block Buffett Fair Share Tax Rule

It pays to have friends in high places, especially at tax time. It paid well today for the wealthy when their close Republican U.S. Senate friends blocked action on the “Buffett Rule.” The simple piece of tax legislation would require millionaires and billionaires to pay at the same tax rate most of us do.

The bill, known as the “Paying a Fair Share Act” (S.2230) failed (51-45) to get the 60 votes needed for passage. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas were the only politicians to cross party lines.

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Young Workers Charged Up at Voto Latino Summit

Dolores Huerta, Jennifer Korn, Ana Patricia, Wilmer Valderrama, Maria Teresa Kumar and Maria Elena Durazo took part in Voto Latino.

Several hundred young people from California, Florida, Arizona and Texas took part in the Voto Latino Power Summit in Los Angeles this past weekend, joining local community leaders in a two-day event to empower young Latinos to create positive change in their communities.

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Join Tax Day Actions: Demand Corporations and Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

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Are you tired of the 1 percent and big corporations gaming the tax system and loopholing their way to a tax bite that’s lower than what most of us honest working people pay? Take action on Tax Day tomorrow by joining working families and community, faith and other activists to demand that the 1% and corporations pay their fair share. Click here to find a Tax Day action near you.

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McGarvey Elected Building Trades President

McGarvey Elected Building Trades President

Sean McGarvey, who has served as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) since 2005, was elected president today by the BCTD’s Governing Board of Presidents. He succeeds Mark H. Ayers who died April 8.

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USW Says Colombia Continues ‘Shameful Violence' Against Trade Unionists

United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard says Colombia “continues its shameful distinction as the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist.” He says that withholding implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the “surest form of leverage the U.S. has to safeguard the lives and well-being of unionists in Colombia.”

Gerard’s comments follow Sunday’s announcement by the White House that it will implement the FTA beginning May 15.

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Trumka: Colombia Trade Pact 'Puts Commercial Interests Over Workers'

The announcement by the White House this afternoon that Colombia has successfully implemented key elements  of the Labor Action Plan and that the U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will enter into force on May 15 "is deeply disappointing and troubling," says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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Tax Day and Equal Pay Day Will Make Tuesday a 'Twofer'

Do you believe wealthy Americans and corporations should pay their fair share in taxes and women should receive equal pay?  Then April 17 is “Twofer Tuesday.” As part of the 99% Spring movement, some 100,000 activists will use Tax Day as a platform to demand that the 1% and corporations pay their fair share. April 17 is also Equal Pay Day, the date symbolizing how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011.

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Arizona: Model State for Voter Suppression

The past few weeks have not been kind to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

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Join us to UNITE Against the War on Women

A new and growing movement called Unite Against the War on Women is mobilizing to push back on measure like this, with protest marches and rallies across the country on Saturday, April 28.

UNITE Women is saying, “Enough is enough,” and is mobilizing women and men to push back, according to Karen Teegarden, founder of the new organization.

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