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SPEEA, Boeing Resume Talks While Workers Mount Day of Action

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As thousands of engineers and technical workers at Boeing Co. plants in the Pacific Northwest took part in a “Day of Action,” negotiations between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 resumed Wednesday in Seattle and continue today. In the fall, the workers overwhelmingly (15,092 to 608) rejected an initial contract offer.

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Sacramento Says 'No' to Privatizing Airport Screeners

Sacramento Says 'No' to Privatizing Airport Screeners

Saying there is no evidence that replacing the trained airport screeners of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with a private, for-profit corporate workforce would be safer or more efficient, the Sacramento (Calif.) County Board of Supervisors withdrew on Wednesday its request from last year to contract out its screener security operations.

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'Fix the Debt' Is a Front Group for CEOs Who Don't Want to Pay Their Taxes

Fix the Debt: Watching out for CEOs, not you.

We've reported for several months now the "Fix the Debt" group is a Trojan horse. It cynically calls for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits (in the name of "deficit reduction") while advocating for lower taxes for corporations and businesses that ship jobs overseas. 

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AFL-CIO Collecting Stories from Immigrant Workers

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The AFL-CIO is collecting stories of immigrant workers who seek to exercise their labor and employment rights and received threats from employers to report them to local law or immigration enforcement.

If you want to share your story, please contact Ana Avendano at blognews@aflcio.org. 

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Who Doesn’t Want to ‘Fix the Senate'? Lobbyists

Who Doesn’t Want to ‘Fix the Senate'? Lobbyists

Some of the most vocal opponents of the move to change U.S. Senate rules, including a proposal to help unblock Senate gridlock by ending the “silent filibuster” and actually forcing filibustering senators to take to the floor and talk if they want to block legislation, are lobbyists who profit from Senate dysfunction.

The Nation’s Lee Fang outlines how Republican-led filibusters and “silent holds” on nominations have resulted in some Big Business windfalls for corporations that just happened to be large contributors to the senators’ campaigns.

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