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Trumka: JPMorgan Settlement ‘a Major Accomplishment’

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the announcement JPMorgan Chase reached a landmark settlement with the Justice Department (see the statement after the jump).

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Big Banks Still Giving Homeowners the Runaround

Big Banks Still Giving Homeowners the Runaround

Today, a report released by the Mortgage Settlement Monitor confirmed that big banks are still not up to the task of handling mortgage modifications effectively and fairly. This report confirms what many working families have learned the hard way: Big banks are still giving homeowners the runaround.

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Congress Considers Proposals to Enable High-Cost Mortgages

The ink has barely dried on new rules to protect working people from predatory mortgage lenders and the big bankers’ friends in Congress are already making moves to try to roll back protections. Tomorrow, a House hearing is scheduled to consider proposals to roll back protections against predatory mortgages.

To protect consumers from the types of predatory lending that led to the housing crisis, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 included the commonsense requirement that mortgage lenders consider a borrower’s ability to repay when issuing a mortgage.

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What Would You Do if the Bank Stole Your Home?

Wall Street wrecked the economy, and banks are still refusing to work with people who are trying to stay in their homes. The Campaign for a Fair Settlement, along with other partners, is calling on President Obama to champion an agenda that would:

1. Hold bankers accountable for their crimes.

2. Keep people in their homes by resetting their mortgages.

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100 Days to Fix What Wall St. Broke: Painful to See American Dream 'Rot Away'

100 Days to Fix What Wall St. Broke: Painful to See American Dream 'Rot Away'

Wall Street wrecked the economy and banks still are refusing to work with people who are trying to stay in their homes. The Campaign for a Fair Settlement, along with other partners, is calling on President Obama over the next 100 days to champion an agenda that would:

1. Hold bankers accountable for their crimes.

2. Keep people in their homes by resetting their mortgages.

Sign the petition here

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Diane McCloud shared her story about her home underwater. Read more from 100 Stories of What Wall Street Broke:

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It’s Time for a New Leader at the Federal Housing Finance Agency

A growing chorus of voices across the country is calling for President Obama to replace the acting director of Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Edward J. DeMarco. DeMarco, a holdover from the Bush administration, is responsible for overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. President Obama’s nominee to replace him in 2010 was blocked by Republicans.

DeMarco has prohibited Fannie and Freddie from providing responsible homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgages with access to principal reductions. He has even refused to allow them to participate in the Obama administration’s principal reduction program (HAMP PRA), despite FHFA analysis showing that participating in the program could save $3.6 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and $1 billion for the taxpayers.

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100 Days to Fix What Wall Street Broke: Wells Fargo Shatters Retirement Dreams

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Wall Street wrecked the economy and banks are still refusing to work with people who are trying to stay in their homes. The Campaign for a Fair Settlement, along with other partners, is calling on President Obama over the next 100 days to champion an agenda that would:

1. Hold bankers accountable for their crimes.

2. Keep people in their homes by resetting their mortgages.

Sign the petition here

Beverly Jones shared this story of how Wells Fargo hurt her family. Read more from 100 Stories of What Wall Street Broke:

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Big Banks Agree to Settle Charges of Foreclosure Abuse

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Ten of the nation’s largest banks agreed earlier this week to settle charges of foreclosure abuse with federal regulators. After the housing bubble burst, banks allegedly processed foreclosures improperly and mishandled homeowners’ applications for mortgage modifications. The resulting foreclosure crisis hurt all working families. Homes lost value, especially in communities of color that were among the hardest hit.

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Trumka Applauds Schneiderman Lawsuit Against Bear Stearns

Photo by Benjamin Dumas.

In an era when the rich and powerful line their own pockets at the expense of workers, homeowners and investors, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is striking a blow for accountability and equal justice, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. 

Schneiderman just filed a lawsuit against Bear Stearns alleging that the former investment bank created fraudulent mortgage-backed securities.

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Tell Us What You Think: What’s Wrong With the U.S. Economy? The Long Answer.

This is the second of a four-part series describing what went wrong with America’s economy and how to fix it. See Part 3 tomorrow and read Part 1: "Tell Us What You Think: What’s Wrong With the U.S. Economy? The Real Scoop"—and please leave a comment to tell us what you think. (Click the chart to enlarge.)

If the short answer is “we’re still recovering from the Crash of 2008,” the long answer is “there was obviously something wrong with the economy long before the Crash of 2008.” 

There were obvious warning signs during the Bush years that should have set off alarm bells.  Most importantly, wages and middle-class family incomes were dead in the water.  The median income for working-age families started falling in 2000 and never recovered during the 2001-2007 recovery.

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