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New York City Taxi Drivers to Receive Long-Awaited Raise

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New York City taxi drivers have something to celebrate. Starting in September, they will receive a long-awaited raise, reported The New York Times.

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U.S. Olympians to Wear Uniforms ‘Made in China’

Vintage Olympics poster from 1948. Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

If there was ever a time to push Made in America products, the 2012 Summer Olympics is certainly it. However, according to an ABC News report, Team U.S.A. will be wearing Ralph Lauren uniforms Made in China when they compete in London this summer.

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'T-Mobile Girl' Says 'Bring Jobs Home'

Photo courtesy of Chris Garlock of Union City.

Chris Garlock, communications director of the Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO sends us this report and photos.

If T-Mobile customers in downtown Washington, D.C., were surprised to see the leather-clad “T-Mobile Girl” roar up on a motorcycle outside the 11th and E Street store today, they were even more surprised to find her passing out stickers urging the telecom giant to “Bring Jobs Home.” 

The noontime action was one of dozens of Bring Jobs Home events that have been staged around the country to draw attention to the ongoing offshoring of U.S. jobs. In this case, the closing of seven T-Mobile call centers last month with the company shipping 3,300 jobs overseas.

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Trumka: Lifting Restrictions on U.S. Investments in Burma ‘Premature’

The U.S. government’s decision to ease restrictions on U.S. investments in Burma is “premature and poorly thought through,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Lifting investment sanctions on a nation where forced labor and other human rights violations continue may, says Trumka:

undermine progress toward political reforms in Burma, rather than encourage movement toward democracy.

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Ask Your Senators to Support the Bring Jobs Home Act

Ask Your Senators to Support the Bring Jobs Home Act

As CEO at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney earned “jaw-dropping profits” by closing U.S. factories, laying off hundreds of workers, sending those jobs overseas and stashing money in offshore tax havens.

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Our Goal Remains Health Care for All!

John August, executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, sends us this update on the Affordable Care Act and health care reform. The coalition is an alliance of 29 local unions representing 90,000 health care workers.

The Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was great. No question! And while we are pleased with the direction of the law, there are still many obstacles that stand in the way of ultimate success.

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Income Inequality: The 12 Cookies Joke

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This is a cross-post from Huffington Post by Stan Sorscher, labor representative for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE Local 2001 (SPEEA/IFPTE).

A CEO, a Tea Party member and public employee sit at a table with 12 cookies on a plate. The CEO grabs 11 cookies and tells the Tea Party member, "You better watch him. He wants your cookie."

The CEO took 11 out of 12 cookies. This isn't a question of what's fair. The CEO has the economic power to take 11 cookies—and he does.

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AFL-CIO Backs Marriage Equality in DOMA Case Brief

AFL-CIO Backs Marriage Equality in DOMA Case Brief

The AFL-CIO today filed a “friend of the court" brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold a lower court’s ruling that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The 1996 law denies federal benefits to same-sex couples. In the brief, filed along with Change to Win (CTW) and the National Education Association (NEA), the three union groups say:

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), by intention and design, ensures that workers with same-sex spouses earn less money, are taxed more on their wages and benefits, and have available to them fewer valuable benefits and less economic security than their counterparts with different-sex spouses.

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Working Families Tell Rep. Guinta: 'Economic Patriots Don't Outsource'

Working families in New Hampshire told Rep. Frank Guinta to "Bring Jobs Home"

In the 1980s, Bow, N.H., businessman Jon Bresler owned Suncook Woven Label, a textile company that employed 55 highly skilled workers and made fabric labels for designers like Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap Inc., J.C. Penney and Disney. He owned one of five successful weaving companies in New Hampshire.

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Detroit Union Members Rally to Bring Jobs Home

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Union members from around the Detroit metro area rallied Tuesday in support of the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2884), a common sense bill authored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)  that would incentivize American companies to bring jobs back to America from overseas. The bill would also close tax loopholes that reward corporations that continue to outsource in the pursuit of outsized corporate profits. Stabenow told the crowd:

The time is now for my Republican colleagues to stop stonewalling this common sense legislation and do what’s right for the American people.

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