Posted on November 8, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Meteor Blades
attribution: Economic Policy Institute
The 2010 congressional victory of the Republican right has mostly meant gridlock inD.C. But the tea-party wave that year also gave Republicans monopoly control in 11 states, and there’s been plenty of action in those, much of it directed at undermining workers’ rights and workers’ compensation, including their pensions. Nothing is more harmful to workers than when plutocrats and their legislative marionettes are feeling their oats and turning greed into law. As Gordon Lafer, an associate professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center, puts it in the Economic Policy Institute’s new 75-page briefing paper—The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011-2012:
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Posted on October 25, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
In 2001, China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). America’s workers have felt the consequences ever since.
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute examines the primary result in the United States of China’s entry into the WTO, a massive increase in the trade deficit between the two countries, favoring China. The report’s author, Robert E. Scott, concludes that the trade deficit with China drives down wages and benefits in the United States and eliminates good jobs for U.S. workers.
Here are nine facts from the study you might not know about.
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Posted on July 23, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009, and tomorrow, in a national day of action in more than 30 cities across the country, a broad coalition of labor, faith, civil rights, community and policy activists will call on Congress to raise the minimum wage.
The centerpiece of the action is the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), to raise the wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation so it doesn’t lose its value over the years. The bill also boosts the minimum wage for tipped workers.
Click here to sign our petition asking Congress to raise the minimum wage
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Posted on July 9, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Here’s is an attractive, short.animated video narrated by Robert Reich for the launch of the Economic Policy Institute’s exciting new interactive website on inequality in the United States. The text below is from the video description on Youtube.
Inequality is real, it’s personal, it’s expensive and it was created. Today, 1% of Americans are taking home nearly 20% of the country’s total income and own nearly 35% of the country’s wealth. This didn’t happen by accident. As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains, we allowed it to happen.
We can’t have a prosperous economy without a strong and prosperous middle class. Inequality can be fixed. So, let’s fix it.
inequality.is, a new interactive site from the Economic Policy Institute, explains the causes of and solutions to income inequality
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Posted on December 7, 2012 by dcampbell1
By Duane Campbell
While labor won big in the 2012 elections, we did not win everywhere. Labor did not win in Michigan. Republican legislators in Michigan on Thursday passed so called Right-To-Work legislation for private sector work by six votes in the Senate and the House. The governor has indicated he will sign the bill. A following bill restricting public sector workers is following close behind in the lame duck session.
From: Kitchen table economics: in DSA’s Democratic Left. Winter 2012.What is Right To Work? What motivates and who funds these state campaigns against organized labor? Answer: In states that have adopted so called Right To Work, annual wages and benefits are about $1,500 lower than for comparable workers in non-RTW states—for both union and nonunion workers. And the odds of getting health insurance or a pension through one’s job are also lower. (1)
Right to work (RTW) is a misleading slogan. It does not guarantee anyone a job, that is a right to work. Rather, it makes it illegal for unions to require that each worker who benefits from a union contract pays his or her fair share of the costs of administering that contract.
“Right to Work” is a propaganda title that unfortunately the corporate owned has successfully branded and the media repeats day by day. We should avoid repeating the phrase. Instead we should call it what it is, an assault on unions. (more…)
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Posted on February 1, 2012 by dcampbell1
by Mike Hall, Jan 31, 2012. AFL-CIO
More than 1.6 million American jobs in the nation’s auto supply chain are at risk unless China’s illegal trade practices are curtailed, according to three new reports released today. In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard said:
China is cheating unmercifully in this sector and we are saying to China—and asking our government to stand up to China and say—“enough is enough.” It is time to enforce our trade policies.
Two reports from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and one from Stewart and Stewart, a law firm that has won cases challenging China’s unfair trade practices, detail China’s persistent and growing violations of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and outline plans by China’s government to use these same tactics to boost their auto parts exports even further. (more…)
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Global organizing | Tagged: Automotive industry in the People's Republic of China, China, Economic Policy Institute, Leo Gerard, United State, United Steelworkers, World Trade Organization, WTO | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 25, 2012 by dcampbell1
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight made clear that he hears the people who aren’t being heard by the 1 percent, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Obama’s speech showed he “listened to the single mom working two jobs to get by, to the out-of-work construction worker, to the retired factory worker, to the student serving coffee to help pay for college.”
By laying out a vision of an America that can create jobs and prosperity for all instead of wealth for the few, Trumka said the president “voiced the aspirations and concerns of those who are too often ignored.”
Obama also made clear that the era of the 1 percent getting rich by looting the economy, rather than creating jobs, is over.
“Now it’s time for Congress to stop standing in the way of rebuilding our country and act,” Trumka said. (more…)
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Posted on November 2, 2011 by dsalaborblogmoderator
By Martin Bennett and Richard Walker
The nation is experiencing the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. Princeton economist and former vice-chair of the Federal Reserve, Alan Blinder, calls the current crisis a “national jobs emergency.”
The official unemployment rate in September was 9.1 percent – nearly twice the rate a decade ago – leaving 14 million people out of work. In California, the rate is much worse, 12.1 percent, with over two million workers out of luck.
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Posted on August 2, 2011 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Lawrence Mishell
This proposed debt ceiling deal tentatively concludes a needlessly manufactured crisis and will do great harm to our nation. The debt we are undertaking now and scheduled to undertake over the next ten years is solely the product of past decisions (primarily unfunded wars, an unfunded prescription drug benefit and two rounds of tax cuts under President George W. Bush) and the recession-related revenue losses caused by the financial crisis generated by financial deregulation and weak oversight. We should end the need to legislatively raise the debt ceiling, since debt decisions are already made when budget bills are passed, and we should hold our elected officials accountable for the budget decisions they make. There is no economic necessity to undertake spending cuts or deficit reduction plans at this point in the economic recovery, when high unemployment is expected to persist for several more years. Jobs should be the priority and jobs are the path to get our nation’s fiscal situation to a responsible place. A long-term deficit reduction at this time should only be done if coupled with substantial deficit-related supports to the economy to rapidly lower unemployment this year and next.
Tax cuts enacted last December account for roughly $800 billion (one-third) of the increased borrowing authority needed to maintain obligations to citizens and creditors through 2012; a two-year extension of all the Bush tax cuts is now being fully financed with deep spending cuts.
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Posted on March 12, 2011 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
The nation and the states continue to suffer from the Great Recession and working people remain in crisis. The crisis was caused by the greed and avarice of the financial class and aided by the politicians of both major political parties. The major banks and corporations looted the economy creating an international meltdown. Now, they have been rewarded with bail out money and have returned to high profits. The crisis was not caused by students, teachers, public employees nor recipients of social security. The continuing economic decline has had a devastating impact on state budgets in at least 42 states. Revenues have continued to plunge and legislatures have been forced to make a series of deep cuts to virtually all of the state’s programs, health care, police protection, education and university systems.
The national unemployment rate edged down in February to 8.9 %, but remained high in many states and regions. In California it is over 12.5%. According to the Labor Center at U.C. Berkeley, the Black unemployment rate is 15.3 % and the Latino unemployment rate hovers around 11.6% in February. These sustained high levels of unemployment and long term unemployment are devastating to families.
The corporate class is using the state budget crises to assault union workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Colorado among others. They do not need this assault in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Virginia, and much of the South where public workers are already restricted from bargaining.
Filed under: Book Reviews, Economy, Labor History, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Economic Policy Institute, Employee Free Choice Act, Great Depression, Great Recession, Obama Administration, Single-payer health care, United State | 5 Comments »