Issues

Anti-worker GOP Rep. King of Iowa goes 0-for-2 in killing Davis-Bacon

WASHINGTON—Radical right-wing Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a longtime hater of unions and workers, failed again – twice – to kill the Davis-Bacon Act during long House debate on a comprehensive money bill for a wide range of federal agencies. Building trades unions, joined by congressional Democrats, have battled King’s anti-Davis-Bacon amendments for years. Each time, dozens of Republicans have joined [...]

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New report shows no link between corporate tax cuts, job creation

WASHINGTON—Advocates of huge corporate tax cuts contend such incentives to “job creators” leads to higher employment, but a new report, investigating past tax cuts’ impact and subsequent job outcomes, reveals that’s wrong. Instead, Sam Pizzigati and Sarah Anderson, co-editors of Inequality.org at the Institute for Policy Studies, discovered through public records that more than half of the big firms they [...]

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‘Fight for $15 and a union’ marks Labor Day with walkouts

‘Fight for $15 and a union’ marks Labor Day with walkouts

FAST FOOD WORKERS WALK OUT IN ST. PAUL on Labor Day to demand living wages and the right to unionize without employer intimidation, law-breaking and repression. Photo courtesy Fight for 15 via PAI Photo Service. The “Fight for $15 And A Union” movement, which touched off the continuing and expanding crusade of low-wage workers nationwide for decent pay and the right [...]

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Disney workers in Orlando demand living wage

ORLANDO, Fla.—As one media headline put it: “There’s trouble in the Magic Kingdom.” That’s because almost 40,000 unionized workers at Disney World’s properties there are vastly underpaid. And now they want a raise, to a living wage. The workers, represented by Unite Here Locals 737 and 762 and four smaller locals from other unions, unveiled a proposal designed to meet [...]

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shuts down shady ‘credit repair’ outfit

WASHINGTON—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has spent its existence recovering money that financiers fleeced from consumers during and after the Great Recession, has now gone step further: It’s shut a shady credit repair outfit down. In an August 30 federal court consent decree, Prime Marketing Holdings, a so-called credit repair bureau in Van Nuys, Calif., agreed to get out [...]

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Health care bus arrives in DC; Organizers warn fight is not over

WASHINGTON—After a journey of 7,000 miles from coast to coast, with detours to major cities along the way, the “Drive For Our Lives” health care bus rolled into the Nation’s Capital on Sept. 6, carrying advocates who cheered the defeat of TrumpCare, but who warned the fight is not over. The bus, accompanied by two more busloads of supporters, pulled [...]

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Leading Mexican presidential contender ducks NAFTA question, says raising wages, creating jobs by eliminating corruption is solution

Leading Mexican presidential contender ducks NAFTA question, says raising wages, creating jobs by eliminating corruption is solution

WASHINGTON—The current leading contender for the presidency of Mexico next year, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, ducked a question about what he would do about the controversial U.S.-Canada-Mexico “free trade” pact, NAFTA, currently being renegotiated by the three nations. Instead, Lopez Obrador, the current Mayor of Mexico City and the surrounding Distrito Federal – which makes him the second most-powerful politician [...]

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Texas federal judge permanently kills Obama overtime pay expansion

WASHINGTON—Democratic President Barack Obama’s overtime pay expansion is dead, for good. The federal judge in rural Texas who halted the rule last November, just before it was to start, decided just before Labor Day that it never will, by making his nationwide court injunction against it permanent. But in a footnote, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant did leave one path [...]

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2018 politics starts on Labor Day as Fight for 15, SEIU start voter engagement drive

Next year’s politics are starting this Labor Day, as political hopefuls planned to join Fight for 15’s mass walkout of fast-food workers and hospital and nurses’ aides on September 4, Fight for 15 And A Union said. And that group and the Service employees also will use the day to kick off what they call “a massive voter engagement drive” [...]

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LCLAA Convention Turns Into Pro-Dreamers, Anti-Trump March

LCLAA Convention Turns Into Pro-Dreamers, Anti-Trump March

WASHINGTON—Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and urged on by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., delegates and leaders of Labor’s Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) converted the first half day of their two-day convention in D.C. into a pro-Dreamer anti-Donald Trump march. The conclave, planned long before, coincidentally began on September 6, the day after Trump and his anti-Latino Attorney [...]

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