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Join Elizabeth Warren at the New Populism Conference Online Thursday

Join Elizabeth Warren at the New Populism Conference Online Thursday

If you always wanted to join Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) or a host of other progressive leaders but couldn't make it to Washington, D.C., or the campaign trail, tomorrow is your chance. The Campaign for America's Future is hosting the New Populism Conference, and the entire event will be live-streamed on and Free Speech TV.

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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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Republican House Bill Could Cost 1 Million Workers Their Employer Health Care

The Affordable Care Act imposes a penalty on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more. But a Republican House bill (H.R. 2575) would kick the threshold up to 40 hours a week, and a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds that move could cost about 1 million people their employment-based health insurance.

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New Public Option Bill Lowers Families’ Health Costs and the Deficit

Photo by Andrew Aliferis/Flickr

Health care experts have long said that a public health insurance option not only would provide lower-cost health insurance for those who choose it but would also force private insurers to lower their premiums. A public option was a key element of the 2009 House-passed version of health care reform, but it did not make it to the final bill.

Now, as lawmakers focus on deficit reduction, with many Republicans calling for cuts in health care benefits and shifting even more costs to working families, the creation of a public option as a deficit-reducing tool—along with its other benefits—is back on the table.

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Reclaiming Our Middle Class, State by State

I’m at a Netroots Nation panel with some folks who have been on the front lines of state battles in Wisconsin and Missouri, along with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).  In the panel, they’re discussing their on-the-ground experiences, and how their strategies can be used by other states facing similar challenges (and, ultimately, used to build a national movement to take back the American Dream).

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Union and Progressive Activists Join Forces at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation, the annual conference for online activists, is on next week, June 16-19, in Minneapolis. The union movement has a big presence there, as we seek to work more closely with our progressive allies in the netroots community. Here are some highlights:

• AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler is taking part in a June 17 lunch panel to talk about breaking down economic barriers that keep many Americans from moving ahead, especially young people, women and communities of color. She is joined by communications consultant Anat Shenker-Osorio and hip-hop artist Rha Goddess.

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