Here’s some wasteful Big Government spending. Why isn’t Fox News outraged?
The Washington Post Northrop Grumman improperly charged the U.S. government more than $100 million in “questionable” costs on a contract, according to a Defense Department inspector general’s report.
GOP Leaders Hold Back on Lifting Debt Ceiling
AFSCME Legislative Weekly Reports
House of Representatives Finally Passes Farm Bill Agreement
AFSCME Legislative Weekly Reports
Letter: AFSCME Urges Yes Vote to End Budget Stalemate (House)
Federal Government Still Shut Down; Endgame Unclear
Legislative Weekly Report In the absence of federal funds, states have begun to furlough employees and more layoffs are contemplated around the country if the federal government is not reopened.
AFSCME Urges the U.S. House of Representatives to Reject Proposed SNAP Cuts
Economic Policy Institute (EPI) launches new website on growing income inequality and how to fix it.
House Busts the Budget; Year-End Funding Storm Brewing
AFSCME FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE REPORT The House Appropriations Committee passed a defense funding bill shifting even deeper cuts to non-defense programs like labor, health, education, housing, nutrition, and law enforcement.
STUDY: Fiscal Austerity Is Undermining Long-Term U.S. Economic Prospects
Center for American Progress Spending cuts and fiscal contraction are costing America billions of dollars and millions of jobs.
‘A’ Is for Avoidance
New York Times Apple is the latest example of how American multinationals avoid taxes.
Scott Walker's Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece
Huffington Post You don't have to look at Athens, Mykonos or Rhodes to see the damage that austerity can cause. You can find it in Appleton, Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin.
When Sequestration Hits, Women and Children Bear Heavy Burden of Cuts
Huffington Post Let's close the tax loopholes enjoyed by the wealthiest Americans before we make life far more difficult for the women and children struggling to get by in today's economy.
Massive Cuts are Coming Unless We Work Together
Huffington Post It’s time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be part of the fight to make that happen.
The Road to Jobs and Economic Growth
Huffington Post One of the great lies of our time is that raising taxes on the wealthy hurts job creation and undermines economic growth.
Labor Day and the Future of America
Huffington Post We must do more to insure that future Americans live in a country where their voices can be heard and their freedom is secure. This Labor Day, and throughout the crucial next two months, we must show that we are equal to the task.
Ending Bush tax cuts for rich would save about $80 billion in 2013, analysts say
Washington Post A Republican proposal to preserve tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest households next year…
The Road to More Jobs
New York Times
The Republicans’ relentless opposition to constructive policies has kept unemployment high…
Why the GOP Won’t Vote on the American Jobs Act
Gerald W. McEntee,
Daily Kos Putting more people to work is the last thing House Republicans want to accomplish.
State Worker Benefits Threatened as U.S. Supercommittee Considers Cuts
Jennifer Oldham and Holly Rosenkrantz ,
Bloomberg A congressional supercommittee is seeking another $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, which may cut deeply into federal aid to states and cities amid an already slowing economy.
Labor Steamed at Debt Deal, But Do They Blame Obama?
Shushannah Walshe ,
ABC News President Obama met for more than hour with the executive committee of the AFL-CIO Tuesday morning, the same day he would sign the deal raising the debt ceiling, averting disaster, but angering the labor movement—a core Democratic constituency.
Fewer cops, more potholes: How debt deal could hit states hardest
Christian Science Monitor The debt-and-deficit bill will slash aid to states already reeling from the recession.
Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
New York Times Senate negotiators tried and failed on Tuesday to end a stalemate over temporary financing for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Unions Go After Gang Of Six Deficit-Cutting Plan: 'It Would Kill Jobs'
Michael McAuliff & Elise Foley,
Huffington Post Unions are coming down hard on the so-called "Gang of Six" deficit-cutting plan, blasting the bipartisan proposal with a harsh ad set to come out Friday in Capitol-focused publications.
Why Unemployment Makes the Tea Party Happy
Gerald W. McEntee,
Firedoglake Tea party Republicans see political benefit from increasing unemployment with Pres. Obama at the helm.
Debt Ceiling Medicaid Cuts: Union Lobbies Democratic Senators For Help
Huffington Post AFSCME urges moderate Senate Democrats to reject debt ceiling proposals that would cut Medicaid funding.
Labor angered by Obama's willingness to cut Social Security in debt ceiling deal
The Hill “I think this is a huge political mistake,” said AFSCME legislative director Chuck Loveless.
Austerity Is Already Here, and It's Killing the Recovery
The Atlantic State and local government spending has already declined, dampening growth and hiring.
Unions to lawmakers: Take away corporate tax expenditures to pay down deficit
The Hill Organized labor and other groups are pushing Congress to eliminate corporate tax breaks and use the extra revenue to pay down the deficit.
Federal worker pensions emerge as target in debt-reduction talks
Washington Post Republicans have proposed saving more than $120 billion over the next decade by requiring the civilian workforce to contribute more toward retirement.
Budget cuts slice programs for ex-inmates
USA Today Cuts in probation and parole programs could undermine recent successes in shrinking bloated prison populations
OSHA marks 40th anniversary with tough stance against funding cuts
The Hill The federal agency that oversees worker health and safety is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month by preparing for a showdown with lawmakers focused on slashing the deficit and cutting red tape.
Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem
Jon Cohen and Dan Balz,
The Washington Post Despite growing concerns about the country’s long-term fiscal problems and an intensifying debate in Washington about how to deal with them, Americans strongly oppose some of the major remedies under consideration, according to a recent poll.
Book bind: Public libraries feel strain of budget cuts
McClatchey The tough economy is forcing many branches to cut staff, hours and programming.
Federal budget cuts hit health, labor, education hardest
Dispatch Politics More than half of $38 billion in spending cuts hit education, labor and health programs.
GOP Budget Slashes Pell Grants
Julie Margetta Morgan,
Center for American Progress The House Budget Committee's budget proposal contained unprecedented cuts to the Pell Grant program.
Obama’s transportation budget creates jobs, cuts pollution, and increases security
Climate Progress President Obama announced the Federal transportation budget for FY2012, to create jobs and cut pollution.
Secretary Of Labor Discusses Green Jobs
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis,
Perspectives on Work U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis entertains questions from Perspectives on Work on the topic of green jobs. (Perspectives on Work, Winter 2010)
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