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Mass Protests in Mexico Challenge Fraudulent Elections

On July 1, Mexicans went to the polls to elect a president and Members of Congress. The stagnation of the economy, lack of opportunities for decent employment for young people and the terrible violence of the drug war were key issues motivating the voters.  Unfortunately, both the incumbent PAN party and one of the other challenging parties, the PRI,  support so-called labor law reforms that would undermine worker rights while weakening social protections.

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Wall Street Journal Compares Union Political Spending to Corporate Donations

The top 1% is scared about people like “the nails ladies” having the vote. The wealthy know that economic inequality is rising and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is enormously unpopular. Turning unions into bogeymen is inevitable.

And so the right wing is excited today about a Wall Street Journal article purporting union spending on politics is far greater than known and is as big a factor as excessive corporate money in politics.

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More Major Corporations Dump ALEC Memberships

Five more major corporations severed their ties with the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Their exit brings the number of big corporations to 25—plus four major non-profit groups and 55 lawmakers—that have recently left ALEC and its agenda of voter suppression, union-busting and immigrant bashing. The five latest companies, according to Reuters, are Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., MillerCoors and Best Buy.

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House Republicans Say 'Don’t Bring Jobs Home'

House Republicans Say 'Don’t Bring Jobs Home'

House Republicans today decided it’s more important to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, which has helped hundreds of millions of U.S. families, than it is to pass legislation to bring back some of the 6 million jobs that have been shipped overseas in the past decade.

During this afternoon’s debate on the Republican bill to repeal the health care reform law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld June 28, Democrats offered a measure opening the door for a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act (H.R.5542). But Republicans blocked the measure by 238-184.  

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Goods Jobs and Apple Pie, Toomey Denies Both

Goods Jobs and Apple Pie, Toomey Denies Both

Good jobs should be as American as apple pie, but U.S. corporations have shipped some six million American jobs overseas in the past decade. Yesterday in Pittsburgh, some 200 union members told U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that it’s time to “Bring Jobs Home.”

Hoping to talk to Sen. Toomey (R-PA) or his staff to urge support for the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2884), the activists from 19 unions and labor groups marched to Toomey’s home office. But even the offering of an All-American, union-made apple pie (courtesy of Food and Commercial Workers [UFCW] Local 23) couldn’t get the group in the door.

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LIBOR: The Latest in Wall Street Tactics to Get Rich at all Costs

Scandals in the financial press don’t die. They are replaced by new ones. The latest in the ever-growing list of ways the Wall Street elite has found to make sure they get rich at all costs is the so-called “LIBOR scandal.”

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Con Ed’s Lock Out ‘Hypocritical and Inhumane’

Con Ed’s Lock Out ‘Hypocritical and Inhumane’

New York’s Consolidated Edison Power Co. made $1 billion in 2011 profits and its CEO Kevin Burke raked in a nearly 40 percent pay hike over the past several years, making it “hypocritical and inhumane for Con Ed to propose cuts in employee health care and retirement benefits,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Con Ed locked out some 8,500 workers after contract negotiations stalled July 1. The power company wants to replace pensions with a 401(k)-type savings plan. After locking out the workers, members of Utility Workers UWUA Local 1-2, Burke cut off health care for all of them.

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Everett, Wash.: Congress Urged to Pass Bring Jobs Home Act

This is a cross-post from David Groves of The Stand, a project of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC) and its affiliated unions.

In the past decade, 50,000 manufacturing sites closed and six million American jobs were lost because of offshoring and outsourcing. The Kimberly-Clark mill in Everett — which was shut down for good earlier this year, directly costing 750 people their family-wage jobs and impacting thousands more jobs in the community — is yet another example.

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Obama Tax Cut Plan Exposes Republican Bias for 1%

Last night’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” had a good breakdown of why Republicans in Congress are likely to fight President Obama’s proposal to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on income higher than $250,000.

In urging Congress to take action on what lawmakers can agree on—allowing Bush tax cuts to remain in place for everyone except those in the top tax bracket—Obama is pushing for a one-year extension of Bush tax cuts for incomes under $250,000. If Mitt Romney is elected, it's likely the American public would see him and Republicans in Congress cut taxes for their wealthy buddies by reinstating Bush's tax breaks for them.

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Building Jobs in America While We Fundraise

Janet Dukic is a member of Ironworkers Local 63. She founded the nonprofit A Day to Market America

Josh Miller of Made in the USA Films LLC, has developed a documentary of his 30 day journey, trying to live on Made in the U.S.A. products.  I believe he will capture your heart in the history that binds us and inspire the activism it will take to keep us moving forward. See the trailer here

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