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Tuesday is national day of solidarity with the unemployed

Tuesday 6 December 2010

The AFL-CIO is spearheading a national effort to support the millions of American workers still seeking jobs in the current recession. The federation has declared Tuesday, Dec. 7, an “Online Day of Solidarity” with jobless workers. Read more »

Latest Deficit Commission Proposal Tells Workers ‘Drop Dead’—Again

With 800,000 workers losing their unemployment benefits last night, the deficit commission’s proposal “once again tells working Americans to ‘Drop Dead,’” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. All the commission members should vote against the latest blueprint presented by commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, which calls for keeping the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting Social Security and Medicare, Trumka said. And all members of Congress should oppose these “job-killing policies” if they are raised in future legislation or budgets, he said. Read more »

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On The Deficit Commission Report

December 01, 2010

With this report the Deficit Commission once again tells working Americans to 'Drop Dead.' No proposal on fiscal issues is serious that leaves the Bush tax cuts for the rich in place while raising taxes on the middle class and slashing Social Security and Medicare. All commission members should vote no on this misguided plan. All members of Congress should also oppose these job-killing policies if they are raised in future legislation or budgets. Read more »

Republicans Pull the Plug, Jobless Help Dies

At the stroke of midnight last night, some 800,000 workers who have been looking for jobs for more than six months lost their unemployment insurance (UI)—2 million will be without help by the end of December. Why? Because congressional Republicans have chosen to side with the nation’s millionaires instead of the jobless.

They chose to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy as their top priority this lame-duck session and essentially have told workers struggling to find work in an economy with five job hunters for every opening: “Tough luck. Happy holidays.” Read more »

BUFFET SAYS RICH SHOULD PAY MORE TAXES

The Huffington Post (11/22, Terkel) reports, “Billionaire Warren Buffett rebutted claims that the Obama administration is unjustly hurting business orders with high taxes by saying that in fact, the wealthy have never had it so good.”  On ABC’s “This Week,” Buffet said, “I think that people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.” 

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Fare for All- Save on Groceries

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Need to stretch your food budget?  Check out Fare For All. Save 30-50% On Food. Open to Everyone - Distribution Sites Across Minnesota - Nutritious Food at a Great Value - Packages of Fresh Produce and Frozen Meals. Fare For All offers a variety of packages each month. There is sure to be a package that meets your needs! Order as many packages as you want in any combination as you want for pick-up at your local Fare For All site. Read more »

If GOP Hates “Job-Killing” Regulations...

If GOP Hates “Job-Killing” Regulations, Why So Silent On New Rule Against Health Insurance Profiteering?

On November 22, the White House issued one of those -- eek! -- regulations. As part of implementing the health reform law, our federal government established a new rule to stop profiteering by private health insurance companies...As this is a government regulation, I expected congressional Republicans to rip the White House for more "job-killing rules." For creating more "uncertainty" that makes life impossible for businesses. Read more »

THE MEASURE OF AMERICA 2010-2011

The Project data which you are about to access is very revealing. The information measures how all 50 states measure up to one another when comparing health, education and income. The American Human Development Project which developed an index which is dedicated to stimulating fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues that affect people’s well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. Read more »

National Building Trades Department Meets in St. Paul

The 68th Building and Construction Trades Department met in St. Paul from August 17th thru August 20th. There are a number of speeches to choose to view, including those of BCTD President Mark Ayers, President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and the BCTD Leadership Team. The Minnesota Building Trades and St. Paul Building Trades Councils were very instrumental in helping the Convention become the success it was.

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US Labor Department study underscores positive impact of unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON — On November 11, 2010 The U.S. Department of Labor announced the findings of a multi-year study of the impact of the Unemployment Insurance program in stabilizing the economy during a deep recession. The study was commissioned by the department and undertaken by IMPAQ International LLC and the Urban Institute. Read more »