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The Working People Weekly List

Every Sunday, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List:

It's Work and Family Month: We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time! : "Inneshia Hart from New York City was propelled into activism when her employer failed to submit her temporary disability paperwork, forcing her to return to work two short weeks after delivering her baby. In addition to healing, she needed time to bond with her new baby. Inneshia got really busy and became a union delegate and activist."

Labor Launches New Measures to Wipe Out Unequal Pay for Women : "AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler announced that the labor federation is launching several measures to wipe out pay inequality based on gender and to guarantee that all workers have paid family and sick leave and fair scheduling."

On Black Friday, REI Wants You to Take a Hike. Literally : "While many retailers will be trying desperately to get you to the mall on Black Friday, REI has a different message for shoppers: Stay away."

Congressional Leaders, White House Reach Two-Year Budget Deal : "The introduction sets up a vote as early as Wednesday on the bipartisan budget deal, which would increase military and domestic spending and avert a potentially catastrophic default in exchange for long-term spending cuts."

UAW and GM Reach Deal : "UAW President Dennis Williams said the proposed deal will provide 'long-term, significant wage gains and job security benefits now and in the future.' The union also hinted that this agreement—like a contract passed last week by Fiat Chrysler workers—gradually will eliminate a much-hated two-tier wage system in the plants."

Labor Unions Aren't Just Helpful—They Might Be 'Necessary' : "'The evidence in this paper shows that parents' unionism has a significant relationship with their offspring's well-being,' wrote the researches in a paper from the NBER."

New Online Database Makes It Easier to Fight Corporate Crime : "BP was charged with $25 billion in  environmental, health and safety penalties since 2010 . The oil and gas industry overall paid more in these kinds of penalties than any other industry—nearly $32 billion since 2010, followed by pharmaceutical ($13 billion), utility/power generation companies ($3 billion) and the auto and chemical industries."

Top 5 Scariest Things About the TPP : "It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for ghosts, goblins and secret trade monsters to rear their ugly heads. Yes, nearly a month after the Trans-Pacific Partnership was finalized, America's working people still have incomplete information about the dangers lurking within the text."

CEOs Get Lavish Retirement Packages While Their Workers Do Without, Report Notes : "Chief executive officers of the nation’s largest companies can look forward to a very comfortable retirement while most working Americans have little or no savings for their old age. The 100 largest retirement funds of CEOs are worth a total of $4.9 billion, or equal to the entire retirement savings of 41% of America's families, according to a new report released this week by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies."

Emergency Physicians: 'Cadillac Tax' Leads Patients to Delaying Necessary Care : "In a new poll, 70% of emergency physicians say that patients with health insurance are delaying seeking emergency medical care because of high deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance. Supporters of the so-called Cadillac Tax on expensive health care plans say increases in out-of-pocket requirements are a good thing that will lead to a decrease in unnecessary care. But research suggests the tax, which goes into effect in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act, also will result in people who are sick getting fewer health care services they need to get healthy or manage their illnesses."

AFL-CIO Joins More Than 75 Groups Calling for Transparency in TTIP Negotiations : "Why don't they want us to know what's in the trade deals?"

Should Your Social Security Be Garnished to Repay Student Loan Debt? 375,000 Americans Say 'No' : "Last week, Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) joined with leaders from Student Debt Crisis, Social Security Works, Project Springboard, CREDO, the Campaign for America’s Future, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the AFT and others to deliver 375,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Department of Education urging an end to the garnishment of Social Security benefits in order to repay student debt. The three members of Congress also delivered a congressional letter with a similar message."

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