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More Than 1,000 Rally to Oppose Unfair Trade Deals

More Than 1,000 Rally to Oppose Unfair Trade Deals

More than 1,000 workers, working family advocates and allies rallied in Upper Senate Park next to the U.S. Capitol yesterday in opposition to fast tracking the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals that ignore the voices of the people and the rights of workers around the world. The rally was organized by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and was attended by union members, students, environmental activists, consumer advocates and other groups. Also participating were Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Mike Michaud (D-Maine), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Several union presidents attended the rally, including Larry Cohen (CWA), R. Thomas Buffenbarger (Machinists [IAM]), Mark Dimondstein (Postal Workers [APWU]) and David Durkee (Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers [BCTGM]), and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre were in attendance.

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Michigan Workers Set for Huge Rally Against ‘Right to Work’ for Less

Michigan Workers Set for Huge Rally Against ‘Right to Work’ for Less

Thousands of union members, community activists and workers’ rights advocates will march on the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday as the state legislature is expected to take its final step in ramming through—without public debate or hearings—a divisive “right to work” for less bill.

The action—organized by a growing coalition of labor, community, faith and other groups—will begin at 8 a.m. at the Lansing Center at 333 E. Michigan Avenue and the march to the state Capitol kicks off at 9 a.m. For more information, visit

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Bill Closes Tax Loophole for the 1%

One of the biggest tax loopholes that helps keep hedge fund managers in the top 1 percent would be closed by new legislation introduced this week by Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.).

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By the Numbers: Republican Leadership Sits on Legislation to Rein in China Currency Manipulation

This is a cross-post from the House Ways and Means Committee Democrats:

Currency manipulation costs the United States hundreds of thousands of jobs, yet the Republicans fail to act.

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Job Crisis Forum Video Available on C-SPAN

If you missed Monday’s AFL-CIO forum on “The Jobs Crisis—Moving to Action: A Dialogue Between Workers and Policymakers,” the full event is now viewable on C-SPAN here.

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Momentum Grows for NLRB Rule Changes

Momentum is building as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gears up to hold hearings next week on its proposed rule designed to ensure a fair process for workers who want to vote on whether to form a union. More members of Congress and academics have joined a growing group of working people and workers’ rights advocates in voicing their support for the rule changes.

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Polls Show Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Bad Trade Deals

With free trade agreements between the United States and Panama, South Korea and Colombia set to hit the congressional floor as soon as this month, lawmakers should check out recent polling which shows American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to trade deals that end up sending jobs overseas.

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Jobs Crisis Forum: The Time for Excuses Is Over. Create Jobs Now

Shonda Sneed of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was laid off in December 2009 and is about to run out of unemployment benefits. Because of state budget cuts, she also could soon lose the health care nurse who helps care for her mother who has dementia. At the last job she applied for, she was told 450 others had also applied for the same position.

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Republican Budget Cuts Would Shut Social Security Offices

House Republicans want to slash funding for Social Security Administration (SSA) so deeply that the agency would be forced to shut down for the equivalent of a month with worker furloughs this year.

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Tell Boehner: Act on Trade Adjustment Assistance Now

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told tens of thousands of workers that if they lose their jobs because of unfair trade practices tough luck, just pull yourselves up by your Chinese-made bootstraps.

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