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Was Patriot Coal Designed to Fail to Dump Retiree Pensions?

In July, Patriot Coal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York. Among the reasons for Patriot’s financial difficulties were the huge legacy costs related to health care benefits and pensions owed to retirees and widows of former employees. The company's intended goal, it seems, according to the Mine Workers (UMWA), is to get out of obligations to the miners that worked hard for decades, often doing significant damage to their own health.

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What’s Happening to Your Health Care: 3 Things to Know Right Now

There is definitely lots of talk about how President Donald Trump and Congress are planning to make major changes to Americans’ health benefits. That’s because Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have said that repealing the Affordable Care Act is one of their top priorities. Although it is not clear when they will act or exactly what they will do, here are three things to know right now.

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Collective Action of Working People Reject Andrew Puzder

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responded to the news of Andrew Puzder withdrawing as the labor secretary nominee:

     

The withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination is great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing. It’s a reminder of the collective power of working people and a clear message to President Trump that it’s time to change course completely, not double down.

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Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall

Tips for Attending Your Member of Congress' Next Public Event or Town Hall

Feb. 18 begins the first recess of the 115th Congress. It will be the first opportunity of the Donald Trump administration for most Americans to speak directly with members of Congress who will be in their districts holding events, town halls and other public appearances. You can join the many Americans who are pledging to make their voices heard during what is being called the "Resistance Recess: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities and Our Democracy." You can check here to find an event close to you or plan your own event.

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Racial Discrimination Has a Negative Impact on All Working People

Racial Discrimination Has a Negative Impact on All Working People

It would be an understatement to say that the past few years of witnessing public displays of racial injustice against black and brown communities have been devastating. From the public executions of Mike Brown, Walter Scott, Philando Castile and Renisha McBride, to the recent ban on Muslims enacted by newly elected Donald Trump, we find ourselves living in a time where racial anxiety and tensions are at an all-time high. While we relished the election of the first black president, Barack Obama, we were soon reminded of the deep racial divisions our country still has to overcome in the recent appointments of known white nationalists to the top White House positions, and the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—who has a history of racial discrimination in his court rulings. Often, the issue of racial politics and discrimination is not seen as a central priority of the labor movement—but it is our duty to protect workers from racial discrimination in our work places and in our society. One of the labor movement’s most important challenges is to understand how racial discrimination hurts all working people and impedes our ability to protect workers' rights.

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