Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) cut straight to the chase Friday at a Bring Jobs Home roundtable in Charleston.
We now give tax incentives for people who move jobs offshore. That's just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
Sponsored by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and West Virginians United for Social and Economic Justice, the roundtable with union and community activists was just one of the more than 100 recent Bring Jobs Home actions in more than 23 states leading up to this week’s expected Senate vote on the bill (S. 2884) that Rockefeller co-sponsored.
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The bill will cut taxes for U.S. companies that move jobs and business operations to the United States and end tax loopholes that reward companies that ship jobs overseas. As Rockefeller noted, Republican candidate Mitt Romney—who has a long history of shipping American jobs overseas while running Bain Capital—backs tax breaks for outsourcers.
Mitt Romney has vowed to keep that going if he’s elected. What we want to do is reverse it: have a tax incentive for jobs coming back.
Here’s a look at some other recent actions.
In Florida, union members, retirees and young people marched and waved American flags urging passers-by to back the Bring Jobs Home Act, along with legislation that would bar companies that send call center jobs overseas from receiving federal grants and tax breaks. T-Mobile recently closed seven U.S. call centers and sent 3,330 jobs offshore. Read more here.
Along the banks of the Platte River in Omaha, some 40 union members, along with state Sen. Brenda Council (D) and other officials rallied in support of the bill. Said Council:
Unemployment in my district is in double digits and the kinds of jobs that can provide opportunity for the residents of my district are the very same manufacturing jobs that we allow to be taken off shore and paid for by our taxpayer dollars.
Read more here.
In Las Vegas, union activists marched outside Sen. Dean Heller’s (R-Nev.) district office and delivered petitions urging him to back the Bring Jobs Home Act. Said Danny Thompson, executive secretary-treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO:
Strong policies are important if we want our economy to grow and families to succeed. We can only rebuild our economy and our middle class when our country stops rewarding companies that outsource, creates trade agreements that protect workers’ rights and prevents currency manipulation so that jobs stay in our country.
Read more here.
Outside the shuttered M&K Candle factory in Syracuse, N.Y., that closed last year, Richard Knowles, subdistrict director for the United Steelworkers (USW), said more and more people are becoming aware of the outsourcing crisis.
It’s starting to really settle in. People realize that we have to do something about the imports. A lot of people do not realize about the tax incentives that existed in U.S. policies that actual benefit corporations that take these jobs offshore.
Read more and see a video report here.
Along with the Bring Jobs Home Act, a measure which House Republicans voted down last week, working families also are pushing for a call center bill that would bar companies that send call center jobs overseas from receiving federal grants and tax breaks.
Working people are calling on lawmakers to:
- Address currency manipulation by other countries, which is a key driver of offshoring;
- Tax the overseas income of U.S. corporations the same way we tax their domestic income, so they can no longer lower their tax bill by shifting income and jobs overseas; and
- Push for fair trade policies that benefit workers—not just multinational corporations.
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