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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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Union Members Drop Off TPP Petitions

Local union members drop off petitions at the TPP negotiations in San Diego

Union members and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council (SDICLC) dropped off a stack of petitions (almost 90,000 signatures) to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Monday, calling for a fair trade deal that works for Americans. U.S. Trade Representative Carol Guthrie accepted the petitions on behalf of the negotiators. TPP should promote job creation, respect labor and human rights, protect the sovereign right of nations to make public interest policy and preserves the ability to Buy American. 

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Arkansas Whirlpool Factory Closes, Unions Say “Bring Jobs Home”

Arkansas Whirlpool Factory Closes, Unions Say “Bring Jobs Home”

Whirlpool Corp. closed its Fort Smith Arkansas refrigerator factory on June 29 laying off  826 hourly workers and eight salaried employees. More than a week later, a group of 30 union members, elected officials and political candidates met at the United Steelworkers hall in Fort Smith to voice support for the Bring Jobs Home Act

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Congress Set to Consider "Make It in America" Bills

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If anyone thinks U.S. manufacturing isn’t relevant to our lives today, they should consider this report from the Alliance for American Manufacturers pointing to the battle against raging wildfires in the western states:

The Associated Press is reporting that the sole U.S. manufacturer of a device to spray airborne fire retardant is no longer in business. This means that while Air National Guard units currently possess Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS), new MAFFS systems are no longer being made. This has led to concerns that future efforts to fight wildfires in the western U.S. may be hampered.

Meanwhile, says House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.):

Our overseas competitors are doubling down on investments in their workforces, in innovation, and in providing the tools that nurture manufacturing growth. Not only are other countries surging ahead in the number of engineers and scientists they graduate, but they are pouring money into basic research and technology development.

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VA Downgrades Stopped as Vets Speak Out

Photo of AFGE rally against downgrades on 6/13/2012 by Metro Washington Council Union City Editor Chris Garlock: http://www.dclabor.org/ht/display/ArticleDetails/i/102658

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Just weeks after hundreds of VA employees took to the streets to demand an end to “unfounded and arbitrary downgrades” for low-wage employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the VA announced a decision to halt the downgrades. American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), representing workers at the VA, said the downgrades were targeting the lowest-paid workers, many of whom are women, minorities and veterans themselves.

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Trumka: Labor and Immigrant Communities Can Build a Stronger America

What unites working families is much more powerful than anything that divides them. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka expressed his desire to unite the labor and immigrant communities at the National Council of La Raza convention in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

Trumka spoke about the shared values the two groups have in common and how they are committed to working together to build a stronger America and a robust economy for future generations.

Here is an excerpt of his remarks:

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President Obama Calls to End Bush-era tax cuts for Americans Making More than $250,000 a Year

President Obama called for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for Americans making less than $250,000 a year while ending the tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. This is a sharp contrast to Republicans in Congress who are calling for an extension of the tax cuts for all tax brackets—even for millionaires and billionaires.

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AFL-CIO Hosts Friday Book Series on Jobs, Inequality and the U.S. Financial Crisis

If you’re in Washington, D.C., join us at the AFL-CIO for a Friday book series running July 13 through August 3 featuring well-known authors discussing their new books on jobs, inequality and the U.S. financial crisis.

Jeff Faux, Tim Noah, Tom Palley and Simon Johnson will be here for discussions and book signings—and we hope you can join one or more of the events. Bring your lunch and get set for a lively discussion. Beverages will be provided. Books will be available for purchase.

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