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NLRB to Rule on USPS/Staple Deal

July 10, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) next month will rule on whether the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) contract with the office supply chain Staples violates the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) collective bargaining agreement.

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Veterans, AFGE VA Local in Wisconsin Unite against Koch-backed VA Privatization

May 29, 2015

Working with AFGE Local 1732 in Madison, Wisconsin, the South Central Federation of Labor, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, and the AFT-Wisconsin chapter have each passed a resolution against congressional efforts to privatize the Veterans Affairs health care system. Behind these privatization efforts are the Koch brothers who also fund a front group named Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), which has been pushing Congress to hand over veterans’ health care to for-profit businesses.

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Categories: VA, Privatization

Can You Hide Your Wealth Overseas to Avoid Taxes? These Corporations Can and Have Been Doing It for Years

April 10, 2015

Chevron. Exxon Mobil. General Electric. Apple. Microsoft. Pfizer. Merck. Johnson and Johnson. These companies have something in common: they have stashed their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes while waiting for the next tax holiday where they can bring back the profits and get taxed at a much lower rate – usually in a single digit, which is lower than what most Americans pay.

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Categories: Privatization, Labor

We Need a Speed Bump, Not Fast Track

February 26, 2015

Twenty years ago, NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) was sold to Americans as a job-creating, economy-stimulating trade deal. But 20 years later, we know we have been duped. NAFTA cost the United States more than 1 million manufacturing jobs because of imports from Canada and Mexico or the relocation of factories to those countries. And now the administration and some in Congress are seeking authority to fast track international trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which is being negotiated and modeled after NAFTA but involves 11 Asian and Latin American countries. 

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Army Corps of Engineers Needs to Come Clean about Its Pilot Project

February 19, 2015

It’s a new year, and federal employees working for the Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) are not sure what’s in store for them. The agency is embarking on a five-year pilot project that could involve handing over control of its locks and dams, which are vital to the nation’s security, to for-profit companies. It’s talking with industry about these possibilities but is not involving the union, whose members will be directly impacted by the project. 

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Categories: Privatization

A. Philip Randolph Institute Targets Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Fast Track Trade Authority

January 13, 2015

The president and executive board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) joined a growing chorus of civil, labor and human rights organizations calling for major changes to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The AFL-CIO’s senior constituency group is also opposing the Fast Track authority that would eliminate the ability of elected officials and constituency groups to recommend and implement necessary changes. 

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