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Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Front Lines

This week marks the five-year anniversary of Arizona's notorious S.B. 1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents, or "attrition through enforcement," in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they "suspect may be undocumented."

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Trumka Details Labor’s Fight Against Fast Track and Bad Trade Deals

 In an extensive interview with Vox.com, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka outlines the labor movement’s fight against Fast Track, the flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, the trade relationship between the United States and China and the shortcomings and negative impact on the middle class of the nation’s trade policy.

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Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Build the Roads, Don’t Kick the Can Down Them

Funding authority for the nation’s highway and transit programs (known as MAP 21) expires at the end of May and Congress needs to pass a long-term, fully funded extension, AFL-CIO Government Affairs representative Tom Trotter recently told a Capitol Hill rally.

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Trumka: Time to Abolish ‘Undemocratic’ Fast Track Process

In a hearing on U.S. trade policy Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Senate Finance Committee, “We don’t believe we can build strong and sustainable economic growth on a foundation of stagnant wages and disempowered workers.”

And a key component of a raising wages economy is a new approach to trade and globalization—one that puts good jobs, safe products and a clean environment at the center of global economic integration—not enhanced corporate power and profits.

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Week of Action Against Fast Track Capped by Rally and March in D.C.

Photo courtesy Campaign for America's Future

On Monday, hundreds of workers and their allies rallied in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., then marched to the U.S. Trade Representative's office in opposition to Fast Track trade legislation that would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to pass with little oversight or public input. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was a featured speaker at the rally and joined AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, political commentator Jim Hightower, Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, Alliance for a Just Society, USAction and workers from numerous unions in the rally, which also featured a giant TPP Trojan horse.

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Alaska AFL-CIO Takes on Fast Track

In the latest Workers Watch video from the Alaska AFL-CIO, President Vince Beltrami and other representatives of the state's working families discuss the recently introduced Fast Track trade legislation and show us why the law is a bad idea.

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Fast Track Bill Introduced—Join the Drive to Stop Fast Track

Legislation granting Fast Track trade authority to President Barack Obama was introduced in the Senate today. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Join Saturday’s National Day to Stop Fast Track

Working families across the country will be out in the streets on Saturday, April 18, to tell their members of Congress to oppose Fast Track legislation that is expected to be introduced as soon as today. Saturday’s action follows a big Capitol Hilly rally Wednesday where a coalition of union, environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and good governance organizations urged a “No” vote on Fast Track.

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Working Families Rally During Week of Action Against Fast Track

Working Families Rally During Week of Action Against Fast Track

Working families and a coalition of environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and good governance organizations rallied outside Congress today in opposition to Fast Track trade authority.  The legislation, which is expected to be introduced in Congress this week, would make it easier to ram through complicated trade deals without significant oversight from members of Congress or the public.  The rally, which drew more than 1,000 participants in Washington, D.C., is part of a larger week of action led by the AFL-CIO that will culminate in events across the country this weekend.  

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5 Lies About the Estate Tax and the Truth Behind the Lies

On Tax Day this year, April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to introduce legislation that would repeal the estate tax, a policy designed to limit the concentration of wealth in the United States, generate revenue for the federal government by having those most able to pay and encourage charitable giving. The legislation comes as congressional Republican budget plans propose to slash trillions of dollars in money that benefits working families and gives away massive sums to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  

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