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TWU Leader Testifies Before Congress About the Importance of Transportation Funding

Recently, Transport Workers (TWU) President Harry Lombardo testified before Congress on the importance of infrastructure funding, particularly the reauthorization of MAP-21, federal surface transportation funding. Despite the importance of infrastructure to public safety and the economy, and the key role working families play in maintaining and updating our infrastructure, this was the first time the president of TWU testified before Congress in more than a decade.

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Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Infrastructure Week Is the Perfect Time to Remind Congress That We Need to Invest in Our Safety and Prosperity

Today marks the launch of the third annual Infrastructure Week, sponsored by more than 80 labor, business and community organizations that are teamed up to make sure that America's infrastructure gets much-needed upgrades in order to maintain public safety and to make sure we have the roads, bridges, railways and other vital parts of our economy. Events will be held across the country this week, including an advocacy day where working families and their allies will talk to legislators about making sure we have the funding to upgrade our infrastructure to make sure we're safe and prepared for the future.

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Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

The AFL-CIO and more than 60 national and regional infrastructure and transportation advocacy groups will take part in Infrastructure Week 2015, May 11–15.

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Trumka: Obama Budget Falls Short on Corporate Tax Reform, Infrastructure

Trumka: Obama Budget Falls Short on Corporate Tax Reform, Infrastructure

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal:

In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to take to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.

But when it comes to fixing our rigged corporate tax system, the actual proposals in President Obama’s budget don’t match the rhetoric. As this budget stands, it falls short of a very simple standard: Our tax system should not encourage corporations to shift jobs or profits overseas. We are also disappointed that the administration continues to propose corporate tax reform that does not raise significant amounts of revenue over the long term.

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10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

A new report, Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers, details 10 proposals that would help New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieve his goal to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050. In addition to achieving the desired emission reductions, if the city follows these proposals, it would not only make the city more resilient, but it also would create 40,000 jobs a year. The report was produced by the Alliance for a Greater New York, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York City Central Labor Council, Blue Green Alliance and the AFL-CIO.

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Infrastructure Condition a ‘Scandal,’ Threatens U.S. Economy, says AFL-CIO Executive Council

Infrastructure Condition a ‘Scandal,’ Threatens U.S. Economy, says AFL-CIO Executive Council

To keep the United States strong and to ensure the foundation of the economy is sound, the nation’s leaders “must begin by rebuilding the infrastructure that thrust the United States into the modern era but now is out of date and falling apart,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved Wednesday at its summer meeting in Washington, D.C., at the AFL-CIO headquarters. The council said:

Political gridlock has turned the United States from the nation that led every major advance in public economic development—in rail and transit, roads, sewers, utilities, aviation, shipping and so much more—into a nation that can’t find the will to lead in the 21st century. 

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Senate Passes Highway Funding Bill, But House Balks

Senate Passes Highway Funding Bill, But House Balks

The Senate, with a large bipartisan majority, passed (79–18) legislation Tuesday to keep money flowing into the Highway Trust Fund and keep hundreds of thousands of workers on the job building and repairing the nation’s highways, bridges and other transportation projects. It also sets the stage for coming to an agreement for a long-term solution before the year is out. But House Republican leaders say they will not vote on the Senate bill.

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Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

Tell the House to Work on Long-Term Highway Trust Fund Solution

The House is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May. While the real need is a multi-year reauthorization, this short-term reauthorization will keep workers on the job this summer and fall fixing our bridges, operating our transit systems and making our highways safer.

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Oh, No, Not this Guy Again: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Wisconsin AFL-CIO

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Center for American Progress (CAP) have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of their key findings (after the jump).

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