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AFL-CIO WORKING FAMILIES KEEP PRESSURE ON ELECTED OFFICIALS AND CANDIDATES TO “BRING JOBS HOME” AND REJECT OUTSOURCING

Events also target GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record on offshoring jobs

(Washington, D.C.) Working families are keeping the pressure on elected officials and candidates to reject outsourcing and support the “Bring Jobs Home” Act.  Activists have already hosted nearly 100 events outside offices of politicians and corporations across the country to demand Congress take immediate steps to help create and keep jobs in the U.S. The events are part of an ongoing national campaign by the AFL-CIO to re-align tax and trade policies and invest in good jobs in America. Events also target GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s job-outsourcing at Bain Capital: http://bit.ly/Mlwc9A 

The campaign kicked off on June 22 at a T-Mobile call center in Allentown, Pennsylvania where over 600 workers are losing their jobs and T-Mobile is re-routing those calls through international call centers. Since then there have been events in Arkansas, Oregon, Maryland, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, Alaskaand other places across the country.  Some highlights include:

Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin joined members of the UAW in Milwaukee in a show of support for padlock manufacturer Master Lock for its role in employing local workers.

In Maine, participants presented a basket of Maine-made products to the offices of Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Congressman Mike Michaud.

New York Congressman Brian Higgins joined workers calling for a number of initiatives to keep products made in America at the offices of Xylem Inc., a company that, through a partnership with United Steelworkers, has successfully brought jobs in Mexico and China back to Western New York.

“We have lost 6 million manufacturing jobs while our trade deficits ballooned and the largest nonfinancial companies in the United States sat on record amounts of cash,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Meanwhile, Mitt Romney and his 1% friends support policies that give taxpayers’ money to companies that offshore good American jobs. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Next week, North Carolina workers will gather near the former site of Dayco Automotive, a plant that once provided 2,100 jobs before they were shipped off to Mexico, and has now been replaced by a Wal-Mart Supercenter. On July 22, working families will hold a “Made in America” picnic and raffle off prizes made or assembled in the U.S., including a TV and BBQ grill.  

More events are planned across the country going forward. In addition to calling for the “Bring Jobs Home” Act, participants are calling for solutions that:

  • Stop currency manipulation by our trading partners;
  • Tax the overseas income of U.S. corporations the same way we tax their domestic income, so they no longer can lower their tax bill by shifting income and jobs overseas;
  • Bar companies that send call center jobs overseas from receiving federal grants and tax breaks; and
  • Push for fair trade policies that benefit workers—not just multinational corporations.

A full list of past events and upcoming events is online at www.americawantstowork.org.

Contact: Ja-Rei Wang (202) 637-5018

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