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Federal Cuts Blamed for Layoffs
The Connecticut Department of Labor announced the layoff of 95 front-line employees, including 85 members of AFSCME Council 4 bargaining units, blaming a reduction in federal funds over the next two years for the pink slips.
Big Corporations Cash in on Federal Largesse
A study by Good Jobs First, “Uncle Sam’s Favorite Corporations,” details how two-thirds of the $68 billion in business grants and tax credits awarded by the federal government during the past 15 years have gone to large corporations.
Boehner’s Goals Are Not Your Goals
It’s the same old playbook, rolled out yet again by House Speaker John Boehner. Reduce government, cut taxes on the wealthiest, limit regulations and lawsuits on businesses, and abandon public schools.
Shhh… Medicare Costs Are Going Down
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare costs aren’t a budget buster. The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reported last week that Medicare spending is declining.
Senate Faction Rejects More Jobs
Extremist right-wing senators led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) showed their true colors by voting to block a bill that would have meant more jobs for American workers.
PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality
The average CEO in the U.S. made $11.7 million in 2013, or 331 times as much as the average worker.
Addicted to Koch: How Un-American!
Sen. Harry Reid joined efforts to call attention to the Koch brothers’ harmful practices.
We Need to Restore Unemployment Benefits Now
A bipartisan agreement brings millions of Americans closer to the help they need.
New Study Shows that Corporate Tax Cuts Won’t Create Jobs
Republicans argue that we can create jobs by lowering taxes on corporations. A new study shows just how wrong they are.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren to AFSCME Members: It’s Time to Go on Offense
One of our champions, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, dropped by AFSCME last week. Read what she had to say to our members.
Iowa Council 61 Questions Governor’s Priorities during Shutdown
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Homan tells governor to put political posturing aside during federal shutdown.
Dedicated AFSCME Members in DC Still Helping Tourists
Federal workers from AFSCME Council 26 just want to get back to work.
It’s Time for Extremists in Congress to Stop Holding our Country Hostage
800,000 federal government employees are out of work, including AFSCME members.
SNAP Out of It: We Need to Measure Poverty Accurately
Snapshots of poverty in the U.S. don’t capture families that rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to feed children
Stein Honored for Reporting on Sequestration’s Toll on Working People
Stein’s reporting helped reveal the dangerous impact of the cuts, even as others turn away.
Wages Stagnant for Most Workers
Several factors, including globalization, deregulation and weaker unions, have caused 34 years of weak wage growth.
President Saunders on MSNBC: We March to Change Our Country for the Better
On PoliticsNation, Pres. Lee Saunders discussed the fight for civil rights and opportunity in America.
Corporate Taxes Should Not be Cut, New EPI Report Concludes
Cutting tax rates will not help the economy
AFSCME Member Struggles with Student Debt
Standing in solidarity with workers like Maisha Brown, AFSCME is sponsoring Student Debt Day 2013.
AFSCME.TV: Nurses Are the Heart of Health Care
Hundreds of AFSCME nurses gathered to fight for improved conditions for nurses and patients.
Your Story Can Make a Difference
The work you do every day makes a difference. So do your stories. Share your story at www.afscme.org/story.
Taxes make public services and communities possible. We’re proud to invest in our common good.
‘Furlough Day’ No Laughing Matter
AFSCME’s Saul Schniderman pens parody of “Banana Boat” song to make a point.
5 Things Your Tax Guy Didn’t Tell You
Here are five things you probably won’t learn from your 1040.
President Obama’s Budget Is a Mixed Bag
Proposal calls for serious cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Invisible but Important: Unseen Sequestration Cuts Put All at Risk
Sometimes it’s the things we can’t see that we really need the most.
Double-Speak on the Debt Crisis
Fix the Debt’s real motive is not to fix the debt, but to protect the tax loopholes that benefit its members.
Right Wing Loves Its Loopholes
There’s a simple path to avoid 1 million job losses from sequestration.
AFSCME Members Take their Message to the Hill
Workers from across the country went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby their legislators.
Tea Party Favorite Sets His Sights on Our Rights
Sen. Rand Paul introduces national right-to-work-for-less law in Congress.
Workers Rally on Capitol Hill for “Jobs, Not Cuts”
Show of solidarity unites members of AFSCME, AFL-CIO, AFGE, SEIU, CWA.
Saunders Calls for Forging Labor Unity
Leaders from nation’s major unions say stronger unity is critical to rebuilding the middle class.
Members’ Courageous Stories Earn Prestigious Reed Award
Videos helped show how Mitt Romney’s harmful economic policies would affect working people across America.
UPDATED: AFSCME Members Gather to Watch State of the Union
Check back for live reactions from the address. And play SOTU bingo at home.
AFSCME's New and Young Members United in Demanding Jobs, Not Cuts
Join a National Day of Action event to help end the budget showdown in Capitol Hill.
Who Are the “Working Poor”?
New study is sobering reminder of why we must protect the nation’s economic safety net.
Register Now for Dynamic Legislative Conference
Want to raise your voice for workers? Come to Washington, DC, and do just that.
The Ever-Shrinking Paycheck
Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson explains the growing wealth inequality gap.
Congress Passes Tax Cuts for Middle Class
AFSCME will be vigilant about proposed slashing of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.
AFSCME Retiree, 92, Doesn’t Let Age Slow Activism
Rosyln Sims, a former school librarian in Youngstown City, Ohio, has activism in her blood.
Protect Medicare, Protect Nurses
Cuts to Medicare would mean job losses for nurses. AFSCME is working to stop them.
Call Congress to Protect the Middle Class – I Did
Working men and women pay the bills of this country. We deserve a fair shake.
A Competition with Very Few Winners
An investigation by The New York Times reveals a race among state and local governments for the benefit of large companies
White House Official Thanks AFSCME Members for Work
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke with members of the union’s International Executive Board.
Saunders on Fiscal Showdown: ‘Our Message Is Very Clear’
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders discussed the grassroots push for legislation that puts working families first.
Union Ads Echo Voters’ Voices from Across the Country
TV and radio ads by AFSCME, SEIU and NEA are airing in select states.
Rising Income Inequality Revealed, State by State
Report: States can mitigate inequality by raising minimum wage, reforming taxes and protecting union rights.
In Meeting with Labor Leaders, Obama Vows to Stand behind Middle Class
Pres. Lee Saunders says AFSCME is ready to “keep the pressure on” during budget negotiations.
What’s At Stake in Massachusetts
AFSCME volunteers getting out the vote for Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
America’s Workers Fed Up With Romney’s Say Anything Strategy
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool AFSCME members any time.
AFL-CIO Registers 450,000 Voters from Union Homes
Labor group boosts its effort to re-elect President Obama and pro-worker candidates
Romney’s Policies Put American Women in a Bind
When it comes time to vote, women won’t forget Romney’s refusal to acknowledge our rights.
In Ohio, the Next Chapter in a Fight for Workers
AFSCME campaign volunteers speak up for Obama and fair Congressional representation.
Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Fight for Fairness
On MSNBC, Pres. Lee Saunders says Joe Biden made the case for the middle class.
Meet the New Mitt. Same As the Old Mitt.
With his campaign on the skids, Romney tries on a number of personas – none of them authentic.
This Campaign Hits Home for Workers
AFSCME members, president tackle 1% Mitt Romney’s attack on the 47%
We Are AFSCME: Campaign Volunteer, Retiree Renita Hoover
Wisconsin activist urges fellow retirees to get involved. She’s been doing it for decades.
Romney Shakes the Etch-A-Sketch Again
The candidate who doesn’t care about the poor or the 47% also disregards the truth.
Romney Doesn’t See Richard and Temo. He Doesn’t Want to Pay Them Either.
Videos give a face to the invisible people Romney is disregarding with his tax-avoiding acrobatics.
Saunders: Trickle-Down Doesn’t Work
On Current TV, AFSCME president says we must create jobs to grow the American economy.
Meet Richard Hayes: He Collects Mitt Romney’s Trash
Videos spotlight public service workers, underscore Romney’s arrogant dismissal of nearly half of all Americans.
We Are Better Off Than We Were Before
Economic reality forces presidential contender Mitt Romney to alter his campaign slogan.
Rising Inequality the Direct Result of Policy Choices
New EPI report highlights role of Congress in lives of working families and the poor.
Secretary-Treasurer Reyes Urges Latinos to Vote in November
AFSCME leaders address New York and DC audiences about hitting the polls on Nov. 6.
Romney Attempts to Sweep Tax Returns under the Rug
Campaign releases 2011 tax returns late on Friday in an attempt to minimize news coverage.
Smoke, Mirrors and Mitt Romney’s Economic Deceptions
The candidate’s economic plan just doesn’t add up. Our proof? Studies he cites.
Romney Uninterested in Half of Country He Wants to Lead
Candidate calls 47 percent of the country freeloaders because they voted for President Obama.
Obama: The Choice for a Stronger America Is Now Ours
A vow to strengthen Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co.
Saunders discussed the stark differences in this election and how AFSCME will make a difference.
DNC Speakers Emphasize Message of Inclusion
Bill Clinton, Richard Trumka and Benita Veliz among those who addressed the convention’s second night.
Saunders on the GOP Convention: “All Lies and No Solutions”
Pres. Lee Saunders appeared on “Washington Watch” to discuss attacks on working families and unions.
Gingrich Takes Both Sides on the Same Issue
The Republican also-ran praises big government – then calls for smaller government.
Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech Light on Reality
Wisconsin retirees: Paul Ryan would “tear seniors’ safety net to shreds.”
Warren to Christie: Not So Fast
Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren calls out Gov. Chris Christie on his RNC keynote speech.
GOP Convention Theme: Another Distortion of the Truth
The Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the Republican Convention, was built with public financing.
Romney-Ryan Ticket Raises Question: Do We Still Believe In Community?
Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan confirms contempt for working people and public services.
Paul Ryan’s Real Motivation: Cutting, Privatizing Public Services, Programs
Ezra Klein says Rep. Paul Ryan would radically change the way government provides public services.
Romney Taps Medicare-Slashing Paul Ryan as VP Pick
Congressman designed a budget that hurts seniors, working families.
Things Are Looking Up for MSNBC Host Chris Hayes
One-time labor reporter swapped his notepad for a TV studio, kept his pro-union, progressive politics.
Romney’s Tax Plan: Give to the Rich, Take from the Poor
Presidential candidate’s latest scheme for “tax reform” is neither new nor helpful.
American Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Congressional Inaction
Report shows last summer’s fight over whether to raise the debt ceiling cost $1.3 billion.
Taxes, Offshore Accounts and Corruption
Serious questions remain about Mitt Romney’s tax returns and use of offshore accounts.
Jon Stewart Speaks Out for Public Sector Unions
Daily Show host thinks we should look closely at LIBOR scandal when discussing economic woes.
Romney Protest Shines Light on Why He’s No Good for America
Union members, allies, protest Romney’s policies at GOP Presidential candidate’s fundraiser in Toledo, Ohio.
Romney: “I Believe in America,” but Bank in Switzerland
Why would a man who says he believes in America need a Swiss bank account?
AFSCME Applauds Extension of Middle Class Tax Cuts
President Saunders says it’s time for tax breaks for the wealthy to expire.
Obama Levels Playing Field for U.S. Workers, Says No to China’s Unfair Trade Fees
President Obama took action to level the playing field for American workers by filing an unfair trade complaint against China with the World Trade Organization.
Vice President Biden to Public Workers: ‘We Owe You’
Responding to attacks on public employees, Biden thanks AFSCME delegates for the work they do.
Romney, Allies Target Public Service Workers
Presidential hopeful claims fewer teachers and first responders is what taxpayers want.
Public Job Losses Hit Women, African-Americans Hardest
New EPI report reveals the human costs of cuts to public services.
May Day Commemoration Calls Attention to Workers’ Rights and Economic Justice
Occupy protesters organize nationwide actions against corporate greed.
President Obama Slow Jams a Scary Truth About College Costs
Behind the laughter on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was a serious message to Congress.
Tax Day Protesters Call on Congress to Be Fair to 99%
Hundreds of working families nationwide chastised Congress for failing to pass the Buffett Rule.
Senate Fails to Pass Buffett Rule Making Super-Wealthy Pay Fair Share
Millionaires and billionaires exploit loopholes in the tax code to pay a lower tax rate.
Romney’s Clearer Path Thrusts Ryan Budget in the Spotlight
Republican budget plan attacks working families, slashes benefits, and ends Medicaid coverage for millions.
AFSCME to Congress: Make GE and Other Big Corporations Pay Their Fair Share in Taxes
Tax avoidance leads to cuts in vital community services nationwide.
Postal Service Under Attack
Demonstrations are being held nationwide against legislation that would gut the United States Postal Service.
The Value of Taxes
If paying taxes means valuing public service workers, we love taxes.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers get the short end of the federal tax code.
Five Myths about the Ryan Budget
The top myths about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan in 140 characters or less.
The Ryan Republican Budget, v2.0
GOP re-releases last year’s budget, plan decimates programs to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
Jobs and the Economic Recovery, by the Numbers
The economy is recovering slowly, dragged down by continued job losses in the public sector.
Unemployment Insurance Under Attack, Again
Two-month stopgap extension set to expire, ending benefits for 6 million unemployed workers.
New Poll: Americans Concerned About Unfair Tax Policy That Aids the Wealthy
Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Americans want a tax system that’s fair to everyone.
Mitt Romney and the 1%
If they have their way, Mitt Romney and the wealthiest people in America won't have to release their tax returns. They won't even have to file.
Tax Fairness Is Common Sense
Mitt Romney’s federal tax return proves the tax system unfairly benefits the super-rich.
Middle Class Surprised to Hear Santorum Say They Don’t Exist
GOP Presidential candidates charge ‘class warfare’ to protect their own interests.
Mitt’s 15 Percent Tax Rate Highlights Tax Burden of America’s Middle Class
Romney’s speaking fees alone place the mega-millionaire in the top 1 percent nationwide.
Shortchange on Taxes Means Shortchange on the Middle Class
New IRS report shows a growing federal tax gap of $450 billion a year.
Less Holiday Cheer for Working Families Thanks to House GOP
Republicans reject a bipartisan Senate compromise to extend unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut.
Video: Debunking GOP Claims of Voter Fraud
On MSNBC, Sec.-Treas. Saunders explains how the Republican agenda threatens working families.
Jobless to Congress: Extend Unemployment Benefits
More than 2 million unemployed Americans could lose their safety net in February.
AFSCME Speaks Out Against Perilous Legislation
A constitutional balanced budget amendment would force devastating spending cuts totaling $1.5 trillion.
Most Vulnerable Hurt By Attacks Against the Public Sector
When nothing gets done on jobs legislation, the working middle class gets hit hard.
Toomey Super Committee Plan Would Raise Taxes on Working Families to Protect Wall Street
Dangerous proposal would endanger health coverage for working Americans while reducing taxes on the wealthiest.
Pueblo Public Service Workers Help Neighbors, Urge Congress to Create Jobs
Local 1335 members join community organizations to hold politicians accountable for their failure to act.
Time for Capitol Hill to Occupy Reality
With a dismal economic picture looming, Congress' lack of action is hurting American workers.
The Tax Man Doesn’t Cometh for Corporations
Thanks to tax shelters and loopholes, many highly profitable companies pay little or no taxes.
Romney: $3.45 for Gas a ‘Good Price’
On the campaign trail, GOP presidential candidate once again shows how tone deaf he is.
AFSCME Marching Saturday for Jobs and Justice at MLK Event
Thousands expected on the National Mall to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Pass the Jobs Bill: Reclaim the American Dream
AFSCME today unveiled a television ad demanding Congress pass President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act.
AFSCME’s Saunders on MSNBC: ‘America Needs Jobs’
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders went on MSNBC’s Politics Nation discussing jobs and the Main Street movement.
AFSCME to Congress: Pass the Jobs Bill Now!
Koch Brothers Make Billions While Flouting U.S. Laws
Billionaire tea party financiers raked in tons of money while secretly trading with Iran.
Reagan and Obama: Separated at Birth?
When it comes to tax loopholes for millionaires, these leaders have a lot in common.
Ten Senators Sign on to Merkley Proposal Endorsed by AFSCME, AFL-CIO
Senator Merkley's proposal to score the jobs impact of deficit reduction schemes is gaining support in the Senate.
Citizens Call on Representatives to Pass Jobs Act NOW!
Events put pressure on Congress to pass President Barack Obama’s jobs bill.
A Jobs Plan Even Our Kids Can Understand
AFSCME is launching an ad campaign in support of passing The American Jobs Act.
McEntee: Millionaires’ Tax Welcome, But Congress Must Pass Jobs Bill Now
There is no better way to reduce the deficit than putting Americans back on payrolls.
Keeping the Super Committee Honest on Jobs
Labor leaders want jobs impact of all budget-cutting proposals scored by non-partisan CBO.
GOP Gives Corporations “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee blasts House GOP for vote undermining NLRB’s power.
‘Americans Are Hurting’
Census Bureau data shows poverty has gone up while household incomes have gone down.
President Obama is Right: The Country Needs Jobs Now
The American Jobs Act, is a necessary first step to growing jobs in an economy that was sent reeling by Wall Street and corporate excesses during the previous administration.
Report: CEOs Rewarded for Parking Profits Overseas
Major U.S. corporations pay chief executives more than they pay in federal income taxes.
Another Dismal Jobs Report Suggests the Economy Needs More Investment, Not Cuts
The President and Congress should focus on creating jobs.
Unemployment Hurts More than the Unemployed
New report shows high unemployment has dire consequences for the broader economy.
Warren Buffett Is Right: Tax the Rich
Multi-billionaire calls on Congress to stop coddling wealthy Americans, make them pay their fair share.
CEOs Asleep at the Switch
Investor Warren Buffet blames wealthy business leaders for spawning an out of control anti-tax, anti-worker movement.
House GOP’s Cantor Says Medicare & Medicaid Promises May Not Be Kept
As programs turn 46, Rep. Cantor threatens to hang millions of Americans out to dry.
FAA Shutdown Continues as Politicians Play Games
As U.S. House members enjoy their summer vacations, thousands of FAA employees remain furloughed.
Default: It’s Not Just a Game of Politics
Federally funded state programs could get hammered if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Open for Business, GOP Attacks Continue
New agency protects consumers by making financial products' prices and risks easier to understand.
Ad Campaign Launched to Pressure Lawmakers to Do the Right Thing
AFSCME-sponsored TV ads target eight members of Congress on debt ceiling vote.
Enough Is Enough!
Hundreds rally at the U.S. Capitol to oppose deep cuts to the social safety net.
Americans Reject Cuts to the Middle Class, Favor Higher Taxes on the Wealthy, Corporations
New poll shows voters oppose the Republican plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Shared Sacrifice? Not in the ‘Gang of Six’ Plan
Ad tells it straight about the shortcomings of the “Gang of Six” deficit plan.
Gut & Scrap
The Republican proposal to gut and scrap Medicare looks like the Ryan plan on steroids.
Tax and Budget Cutting Don’t Create Jobs
The policies implemented by anti-worker state governors are behind our stalled economic recovery.
GOP Plays the Debt Ceiling Game: Will We All Lose?
House Republican lawmakers are putting their political and ideological interests ahead of the nation's well-being.
Coalition of 247 Organizations Say ‘No!’ to Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment
Proposal is the opposite of what's needed and would damage the economy, not strengthen it.
Tax “Holiday” for Corporate Profits will Vacate U.S. Jobs
Recycled Bush-era initiative actually led to further job losses the first time around.
Protesters Spread the News: Keep Hands Off Medicare
Opposition to Republican budget makes headlines at a town hall meeting held at DC's Newseum.
Creating a National Infrastructure Bank
Federal investment in infrastructure will help rebuild the economy and get Americans back to work.
Bush Tax Cuts 10 Years Later
Massive tax giveaway squandered a massive budget surplus, and we're still paying for it.
Playing Chicken with Our Fiscal Future
Tuesday’s staged vote on the “clean” debt limit was only held so it would fail.
Rep. Ryan Wants to Push Retirees Back into the “Donut Hole”
Budget proposal would repeal Affordable Care Act provisions providing relief from high prescription drug costs.
Congress’ Attack on Unemployed Workers
Instead of helping Americans get back to work, new legislation would restrict unemployment benefits.
Hands Off Medicare
Senate must reject the Ryan budget plan that would eliminate Medicare as we know it.
Newt Gingrich, Defender of Medicare?
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich criticizes House GOP proposal to cut Medicare.
Shining a Light on House GOP Budget Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
The Republican budget plan replaces Medicare with a voucher system and slashes Medicaid spending.
2011 PayWatch: Average CEO Salary=$11.4 Million
While 25 million unemployed and underemployed U.S. workers are drowning, CEO pay skyrocketed by 23 percent, for an average salary of $11.4 million in 2010, according to the AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch.
The True Meaning of Tax Cuts
Without the public systems and structures that taxes pay for, America as we know and love it would cease to exist.
Tax Day Travesty
When big corporations skip out on their tax bills, it’s working Americans who pay the price.
Republicans in the U.S. House are threatening to shut down the federal government if Democrats don’t concede to their proposals to slash critical public services.
Income Inequality and Union Decline: Connect the Dots
The richest 1 percent in this country takes home almost 24 percent of income, up from nearly 9 percent in 1976.
House Democrats introduce Fairness in Taxation Act
Republicans Take Aim at Social Security
Republican legislators in both the U.S. House and Senate have now started moving toward cutting Social Security.
GOP Budget: Read It and Weep
Some high lowlights of the Republican federal budget, courtesy of MoveOn.org. After you read this (and weep), click here to call your U.S. Senators and tell them to stand up for jobs and vote no on cuts to critical programs.
O'Reilly Spreads Lies About Public Employee Pensions
FACT: The average annual pension of an AFSCME retiree is $19,000. As Pres. Gerald W. McEntee wrote in USA Today, the real problems facing cities and states were caused by Wall Street, not public workers.
Every Company Must Pay Their Fair Share
Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, wrote in The New York Times Wednesday that loopholes allow many corporations to pay relatively few taxes.
Responding to Wall Street Journal Attacks
Rhetoric v. Reality: A Viewer’s Guide to Rep. Paul Ryan’s State of the Union Response
Americans United for Change has put together this handy guide for watching tonight's Republican response to Pres. Barack Obama's State of the Union Address tonight [...]
Maddow Show: Public Workers New GOP Scapegoat
During the first Rachel Maddow Show of the new year, guest host Chris Hayes looked at the new scapegoat for our nation's economic woes: public workers.
Spending Package Worked
The definitive answer is ‘Yes!’ The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is creating new jobs and stabilizing the economy.
Unemployed and Unnoticed
How Unemployment Insurance Helps Families and the Economy
From the folks at Center for American Progress, an animated explanation of how unemployment insurance benefits help America's families and our economic recovery.
Voters Want a Recovery That Works for Everyone
“Angry voters sent a clear message on Tuesday: Much, much more must be done to put America back to work. But voters rejected right-wing and Tea Party candidates [...]
Wake Up, Washington! Securing Retirement
Americans should be able to enjoy a secure retirement after a lifetime of work. AFSCME is participating in “Wake Up, Washington!” Month to encourage Americans across the country to tell lawmakers to keep their hands off Social Security [...]
Calculate Your Tax Cut Online
The Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of 2010, and while President Obama wants to extend those cuts for all but the very rich, some lawmakers want to extend them for everyone. A new Gallup poll released today shows the majority of Americans [...]
Hey Republicans, Thanks for Throwing American Workers Under the Bus
Just in time for Labor Day, AFSCME has released a new video reminding voters of the critical choice they face in the November elections.
Standing Up for American Jobs
According to a CNN poll released last week, 60% of Americans support legislation recently passed by Congress to save hundreds of thousands of jobs that were on the chopping block.
A Tremendous Victory for Working People
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on House passage of the Jobs Bill:
Public Sector Job Losses Front and Center
The job numbers released last week made it clear that the economic recovery is slowing down, and the increase in state and municipal worker layoffs is one of the chief factors
The Senate's Bold Step Forward
Today, the U.S. Senate took a bold step forward in the effort to protect jobs and bolster America's economic recovery. The Senate, by a 61 to 38 margin, overcame the filibuster opposing H.R. 1586 [...]
Call Your Senators Today to Protect a Million Jobs
Earlier this year, Democrats in the Senate tried three times to pass legislation that would help states deal with growing Medicaid rolls, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.
Keep Your Hands Off Social Security!
Years after George W. Bush’s failed attempts to privatize Social Security, his cohorts are renewing calls for privatization. This time they’re using deficit reduction as an excuse.
Poll: Americans Want Jobs
By a 64-30 margin, Americans think reducing unemployment is more important than deficit reduction according to a Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday.
Pres. McEntee Talks Jobs, Midterms with Bill Press
Wednesday morning on the Bill Press Radio Show, AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee talked P-O-L-I-T-I-C-S during a segment covering topics ranging from the extension of unemployment benefits, legislation to give public safety workers [...]
Main Street Wins: Senate OKs Wall Street Reform
By a 60-39 vote, the Senate finally passed Wall Street reform legislation on Thursday and sent it to President Obama for his signature.
Washington Post: Senate Must Pass Jobs Bill
Calling it the "fiscally sensible and morally decent" thing to do, the Washington Post calls on the U.S. Senate to pass the jobs bill to send badly-needed aid to states and extend unemployment benefits.
A Financial Grand Canyon
In June, an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirmed the gap between rich and poor in the United States has reached levels not seen since 1929.
Jobs Matter More
This weekend AFSCME is running a $175,000 ad campaign calling on Republican Sens. Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and George Voinovich to stop the obstruction and pass the jobs bill.
Pass the Jobs Bill!
Passing the jobs bill was the highlight of a program during Wednesday’s session. Florida state juvenile detention officer Faustino “Tino” Cosby of Tampa told how passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 prevented a threatened [...]
McEntee Pledges to Hold Politicians Accountable
President Gerald W. McEntee used his keynote address at the 2010 AFSCME Convention to demand that Congress pass a critical jobs bill — and that politicians be held accountable for their promises to working people.
More Jobs = Less Debt
In the worst economy since the Great Depression, far too many Americans are out of work. Despite the rising fears of more job losses, the Senate is refusing to do what is necessary to protect and create jobs.
Aid to States in Jobs Bill Stalls in Senate
The fight to help cash-strapped states and public services stalled in the Senate on Thursday as it failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and bring to a vote a second Senate version of the American Jobs and Closing Tax [...]
A Real Jobs Bill
Working America reports that if “the 15 million unemployed workers in this country stood side-by-side, literally shoulder to shoulder, they would stretch from Bangor, Maine to Los Angeles, California… and back again.”
More Jobs = Less Deficit
Last week’s jobs report showed that our economic recovery is extremely fragile. The last thing we need is thousands more layoffs because of state budget shortfalls.
America Can't Afford to Lose More Jobs
Too many Americans are out of work. That’s devastating for individuals and families. Unemployment hurts our communities and prolongs the economic crisis. That’s why America needs a jobs bill that protects workers and puts people back to work.
Closing Corporate Loopholes, Aiding States
Writing on the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington asks why offshore corporate tax havens are still allowed. She attributes it to two sets of rules — one for the corporate class and another for working Americans.
What Financial Reform Means
Big business, big banks, Wall Street, and the CEOs of America’s top companies said that passing health care reform would amount to a “government takeover” of our nation’s health care system.
CBO Report: Recovery Act Is Working
A report issued by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office Tuesday shows that the Recovery Act, the centerpiece of President Obama's economic recovery plan, is having an even greater impact than originally projected.
Crunch Time for American Jobs
If members of the U.S. House of Representatives support creating jobs and putting Americans back to work, as they so often claim, they’ll vote this week for a bill that creates jobs and makes Wall Street pay, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
It’s Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable
Almost two years have passed since the taxpayers of America gave the titans of Wall Street more than $700 billion to keep the world’s economic system from plunging into another world-wide Great Depression.
U.S. Tax Bills Lowest Since Truman
Despite the protests from anti-government conservatives and Tea Partiers shouting about high taxes, the tax rate in 2009 was lower than it has been since 1950. Michael Ettlinger, at the Center for American Progress, sums it up [...]
290,000 Jobs Created in April, Jobless Rate Up to 9.9%
The Department of Labor report this morning shows 290,000 jobs were created in April, the largest one-month gain in over four years and the fourth straight month that employment has increased.
Tax Day: Time for Shared Responsibility
Today is tax day, the day that each of us steps forward to pay our fair share for our roads and schools, law enforcement and firefighting, clean water and public works, community centers and parks, and many other vital public services.
Trumka Live Today on Obscene Executive Pay
Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for a live online video discussion of the 2010 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch report at noon ET today and learn about Wall Street bankers and their outrageous pay and massive lobbying efforts.
Today We Count
President Obama has officially declared today "Census Day" in a presidential proclamation, a day which reminds us all how important it is to complete and mail back the 2010 Census form.
Best. Graph. Ever.
Consider three bills — two of them passed under budget reconciliation, the third heading for budget reconciliation. Each had an effect on the fiscal health of the nation, calculated by the Congressional Budget Office.
GOP Stonewalls Extension of COBRA, Unemployment Benefits
While the Senate is seeking agreement on jobs legislation, states will need to start reprogramming their unemployment insurance (UI) computers before the current federal benefit extensions and COBRA subsidies are scheduled to end on February 28.
Your Job Matters
Your job matters. Whether it’s clearing the roads of snow and ice, providing health care services, ensuring public safety, or simply working hard for our communities, the vital services that AFSCME members like you provide make our country happen.
The State of Our Union
President Obama made it clear last night that he will fight for jobs. He knows that we cannot lose sight of the millions of working families who are still suffering from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.
Politics Daily: Cadillac Tax Would Hit Hard
Politics Daily looks at the effects of the so-called “Cadillac tax” included in the Senate health care bill. Originally intended as a way to finance reform by taxing the type of expensive benefit plans enjoyed by Wall Street executives.
Putting Americans Back to Work
During a speech at the Brookings Institute Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama made it clear that restoring job growth and putting people back to work continues to be a top priority of his administration.
AFL-CIO Ad: Don't Tax Health Benefits
The AFL-CIO has launched a new TV ad that sends a clear message: “Pass Health Care. Don’t Tax Health Benefits.” The ad emphasizes that taxing benefits will lead companies to cut benefits and will shift cost burdens to families that can’t afford it.
New Online Tool Lets You Track the Economy
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has launched Economy Track (www.economytrack.org), a new one-stop website to help you make sense of all the twists and turns of the economy.
On Thursday, President Obama announced he will invite labor leaders, business executives, small business owners, economists and other financial experts to a special White House summit on jobs next month.
Don’t Tax Health Care Benefits
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) announced Wednesday that 156 Democratic members of Congress oppose taxing health care benefit plans to pay for health care reform.
Watch AFSCME on “60 Minutes” for Sounding Alarm Early on AIG
This Sunday night, the CBS News program “60 Minutes” will feature a story on American International Group (AIG), the failed insurance giant bailed out by taxpayers with more than $180 billion.
Pay for Performance? No Thanks, I’m a CEO
Did you know that Citigroup CEO Vikram S. Pandit raked in a sweet $38 million in total compensation last year while running his company to the ground? Let’s not forget that Citigroup has already received $45 billion in federal bailout funds.
On Day 100, Senate and House Pass Obama Budget
This afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed President Obama’s budget by a vote of 53 to 43. The budget resolution had easily passed in the House earlier in the day by a margin of 233 to 193.
In Praise of Public Service
In honor of Tax Day, this story from a 2003 issue of AFSCME’s Public Employee magazine seems fitting. Tip O’Neill, the late and great Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, loved to tell this story. [...]
Making Corporations Accountable: AFSCME At Work on Wall Street
AFSCME has been a leader in the fight to restrain undeserved CEO pay and to make corporate boards more democratic and accountable. That’s why AFSCME, the Connecticut State Treasurer and the AFL-CIO recently wrote to AIG trustees.
The Number Zero, Brought To You by the Party of N-O
A great ad recently put out by Americans United for Change on the Republicans’ attack on the President’s budget and their alternative plan – or lack there of.
Budget (with the Right Priorities) Update
On Wednesday night, the House Budget Committee adopted a budget outline by a party-line vote of 24-15 that will advance President Obama’s visionary budget goals.
February Jobs Numbers: More Bad News
Rebuild and Renew America Now!
Special Webinar: President Obama's Budget
Obama's Budget: Change We Can Believe In
Fiscal Responsibility and Health Care Go Hand in Hand
Obama’s Jobs Plan by the Numbers
New Ad Thanks Obama for Putting Jobs First
“A Major, Historic Victory”
We Now Have Reason to Hope
Cantor's Odd Response
An Important Step
Obama Jobs and Recovery Plan Update
It's Happening Today
Urgent Update on Obama Recovery Plan
Put Our Economy Back on Track
The First Step in Remaking America
The Fierce Urgency of Now
House Dems Release Economic Stimulus Package
Make America Happen. Again.
Pass the Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan
Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now
Jumpstart the Economy - Invest in State and Local Governments
Economists Call for Immediate State and Local Aid
What a Difference a President (elect) Makes
Changing the Subject
A Few Reforms Are Simply Not Enough
House Passes Stimulus Bill But Senate Balks
A Quick Take on CEO Pay
Give Us a Bailout That Helps Everyone
Here's Your Blank Check
McEntee to Congress: Time to Step In
Let's Solve the Real Problem
House and Senate Democrats Developing New Stimulus Plan
McCain’s Out-of-Touch Co-Chair Says U.S. is “a Nation of Whiners”
Investing in America -- More Patriotic than Political Posturing
National Public Works Week
States & Localities Need Investments Now
McCain is Wrong on Collapsing Bridges and the Mafia’s Good Works
Celebrate National Library Week
Not the Headlines McCain Was Looking For
On Tax Day
The Cost of War in Iraq
Bush Out of Touch?
Social Security, Still Healthy After All These Years
Bush Cuts Will Cost Lives
Bush’s State of the Union Address: Time for a Reality Check
Bush Admits Economy Faces Challenges – Bravo!
Bush Budget: A Lump of Coal
Too Good to Be True
Have you ever heard the argument that cutting taxes can lead to greater government revenue? It's sort of like having your cake and eating it too — the argument is too good to be true, and this article from TIME Magazine provides the proof.
Bush’s Priorities or America’s Priorities
A Chance to Right a Wrong
Bush & Gutter Politics
Bush to Kids: “The Doctor Is Not In”
Battling Bush on the Budget
It's the Least We Can Do
Enemy of the Taxpayers
Taxpayer Bill of Wrongs
Memo to Congress: Enact Funding Bills ASAP
Great Idea – Investing in America
Bush tax cuts hurt 99% of Americans
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