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Trumka Reacts to the 2013 State of the Union

Trumka Reacts to the 2013 State of the Union

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address:

"Tonight President Obama sent a clear message to the world that he will stand and fight for working America’s values and priorities. And with the foundation he laid, working families will fight by his side to build an economy that works for all."

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Yellen to Washington, D.C.: Fiscal Austerity Slows Recovery

Janet Yellen. Photo courtesy of the Federal Reserve.

Last Monday, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen gave the keynote speech at an AFL-CIO economic policy conference on restoring shared prosperity. 

Yellen began by noting that the Federal Reserve “is the only agency assigned the job of pursuing maximum employment.” 

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Seniors and Veterans Tell Honeywell: 'Pay Your Taxes'

Seniors and veterans showed up at a "Fix the Debt" event in New Hampshire to tell Honeywell CEO David Cote that if he really wants to fix the debt, he should have Honeywell pay its fair share of taxes. Cote is one of a number of wealthy corporate leaders in the "Fix the Debt" coalition, which advocates for cuts to benefits like Social Security and Medicare and is pushing for lower corporate taxes. Advocates for working families and their allies point out that many of the "Fix the Debt" companies engage in loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

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Rich Are Getting Richer and It's Hurting Social Security's Finances

Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

While media pundits raise faux concern every time the Social Security trustees release their annual report, falsely declaring the program is in dire trouble—even though the future modest funding shortfall can easily be fixed by scrapping the cap—it's important we take a look at a major factor in Social Security's finances: rich people. 

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Nevada's Working Families Come Together to Support Pathway to Citizenship

Nevada's Working Families Come Together to Support Pathway to Citizenship

The Nevada union movement and national labor leaders held a rally and press conference in Las Vegas yesterday to kick off the national union campaign to help pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects immigrant and American workers. Nearly 1,000 Nevadans attended the event.

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Yellen: Fed Goal Is 'Maximum Employment' by Taking 'Forceful Action'

Today at the Trans-Atlantic Agenda for Shared Prosperity conference held at the AFL-CIO, Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, talked about the reasons why the recent economic downturn has been painful particularly for America's workers and what the Federal Reserve's role is in reaching maximum employment.The problem with the economy is the lack of demand and current fiscal policy is not helping. Yellen said the Federal Reserve is committed to action that will create jobs and produce economic growth. 

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Sen. Whitehouse: Use $1 Trillion in Tax Reform to Stop Sequestration

Sheldon Whitehouse. Photo courtesy of the United States Senate.

In just a few weeks, the nation will be facing yet another manufactured fiscal crisis when a series of harsh across-the-board federal spending cuts in education, defense and all government operations go into effect unless Congress repeals them. 

Known as “sequestration,” economists say these cuts would imperil the fragile economic recovery and cost as many as 1 million of America's workers their jobs. Yet Republicans are making threats to let those cuts take effect on March 1 unless Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits are cut or drastic cuts are made to vital services.

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Southwest Workers Say LUV Should Be All Around

Southwest Workers Say LUV Should Be All Around

It’s time for Southwest Airlines to share the “LUV,” and that’s the message the airline’s ground workers in contract negotiations with the airline will deliver to Southwest management Wednesday on “LUV” Day.

Members of Transport Workers (TWULocal 555, representing Southwest’s 9,000 ground workers, will be joined by TWU Local 556 members, representing Southwest’s 11,000 flight attendants, to deliver special Valentine’s Day cards wishing executives a happy “LUV Day,” with a message about serving customers, ensuring a solid future, negotiating fair contracts and keeping the “LUV” alive.

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State of the Union 2013: Shared Priorities for President Obama and Working People

Photo courtesy of Whitehouse.gov by Pete Souza (Executive Office of the President of the United States)

On Tuesday, President Obama will give the first State of the Union Address of his second term in office and working families are happy to hear the focus will be jobs and the economy. This year’s address comes after an election in which America’s families made a clear choice between very different visions for the country.

Across the country, working people will be watching and listening with great interest for the president to maintain the values and priorities on which they elected him, including a commitment to creating middle-class jobs, asking the wealthiest 2% to pay their fair share and protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts.

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Tell PKC to Reinstate Workers in Mexico

Tell PKC to Reinstate Workers in Mexico is a cross-post from IndustriALL Global Union's website. 

PKC [a Finnish auto-parts supplier] sacked more than 100 union supporters, including the entire union committee in December 2012 for campaigning for the election of an independent trade union, the National Union of Mine and Metalworkers (known as “Los Mineros”), at their plants in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

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