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New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off

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(Trump's) right to claim that Americans are getting the short end. But the primary cause of that fact isn’t bad trade agreements or “job killing” regulations — its the union-busting laws and court rulings that the president has done so much to abet.

Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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July 6, 2018 | America’s unemployment rate is hovering near half-century lows. There are now more job openings than unemployed workers in the United States for the first time since the government began tracking that ratio. For America’s working class, macroeconomic conditions don’t get much better than this.

And yet, most Americans’ wages aren’t getting any better, at all. Over the past 12 months, piddling wage gains — combined with modest inflation — have left the vast majority of our nation’s laborers with lower real hourly earnings than they had in May 2017. On Wall Street, the second-longest expansion in U.S. history has brought boom times — in the coming weeks, S&P 500 companies will dole out a record-high $124.1 billion in quarterly dividends. But on Main Street, returns have been slim.

Eric Levitz: Political writer at New York Magazine

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How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all.


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Take Action: Stop the slow strangulation of the Social Security Administration

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  • Part 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security AdministrationPart 1: Title
  • It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.
  • Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful
  • Emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

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Part 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security Administration: How Republicans are gutting the safety net

It's even more cynical than the slow death of the Social Security Administration. It's the actual death of thousands of disabled people who die while waiting for a decision on their claim. Wait them all out long enough, and no claims will have to be paid out. It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

https://images.dailykos.com/images/159253/story_image/14912286437_5902f695ed_k.jpg?1453719959Sun Mar 4, 2018 | If you can't actually get rid of Social Security as an institution in the near term, you can do everything to undermine it so that it'll be easier to kill off in the long term. That seems to be the philosophy of the latest Republican administration, as the Trump budget would significantly cut staffing in the Social Security Administration.

His budget request calls for almost 1,000 fewer full-time-equivalent work years in 2019 than this year. A full-time-equivalent work year is the amount of work a person toiling full time would do in one year. The amount of overtime allowed staffers to keep up with demand would be less than a third of that in 2017 and just over half the 2018 estimate. […]

https://images.dailykos.com/avatars/6685/legacy/avatar_6685.jpg?1454079254 Joan McCarter: A lifelong Blue girl in a Red state, I'm now Senior Political Writer for Daily Kos. On any given day, I'd rather be horseback, but there's more demand for political writers than cowgirls.

 


 

Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful

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Six months ago, Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans passed a tax scam that will cost the American people $1.9 trillion. Now, in an Election Year ploy, they are preparing “Tax Scam Round 2.”

But six months after passage of Tax Scam Round 1, here is what we know:

• 83% of the tax cuts are still going to the richest 1%.
• Just 4% of workers have gotten a pay hike due to the tax cuts—a one-time bonus or wage hike.
• The cost of the tax cuts has ballooned from $1.5 trillion to $1.9 trillion, emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and more.
• Trump proposed a budget that would cut funding for these critical services by $1.7 trillion to pay for his tax scam.
• Prescription drug companies, health insurers, Wall Street banks and other major industries are getting huge tax breaks and not sharing the wealth with consumers or their employees.

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Special Project | Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12, The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs

 

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Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12
For more information on the March and see who has endorsed
Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs
The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.”

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Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12 

 

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Please join the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign for the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. from June 2 to June 12!

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Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs

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  • The original Poor People’s Campaign was the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, who wanted to expand the fight for civil rights to include a movement against the indignities of poverty across all racial lines.
  • The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.” Its revival could not be more urgent or timely.

Leo W. Gerard, HuffPost

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And all of this has occurred with barely more than a peep of protest from the populace, no more than a few here today, gone tomorrow Occupy Wall Street sit-ins.

This month is not, however, business as usual. Two Mondays ago, a bunch of dedicated rabble-rousers launched a new Poor People’s Campaign. Thousands demonstrated in Washington, D.C., including members of the union I lead, the United Steelworkers. The group, led by the Rev. William Barber II and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, plans actions in 30 states over 40 days. This past week, dozens of Poor People’s Campaign activists were again arrested in Washington, D.C., as they demanded restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

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Series | No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests.

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D’Arion Daniel plays with ZyCorey in Othello Village, a village of tiny homes for homeless people in Seattle. Photograph: Jenny Riffle for the Guardian

  • Guardian study of two US cities finds crime is likelier to go down than up in neighborhoods that host city-sanctioned encampments.
  • Related: Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been.

Thacher Schmid, the Guardian

 



Wed 23 May 2018 | They stood in a rainy parking lot under fir trees, 60 homeless men and women, young and old, patient and weary. The glow of a single lightbulb outside the “office” – a shack of plywood, duct tape and plastic sheeting – illuminated their faces.




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It was the 9pm check-in at a homeless village called Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, Oregon. The code of conduct was read aloud. Then the roll call began: one by one, people showed ID and stepped through the chain link fence, towards portable toilets, bedrolls, warmth, sleep and safety.
Thacher Schmid <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/thacher-schmid> is a Portland (OR)-based journalist who writes about poverty and music.

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The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.
 

 

 

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    After a trillion dollar giveaway to corporations in the Trump TaxScam, the GOP is targeting social security as promised.

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Jan 24, 2018 | The GOP hasn’t made it’s plans to go after Social Security secret. In November, Marco Rubio was quite honest about plans to target SS once the massive corporate tax cut was passed. Republicans know Social Security is a popular institution, so the strategy is to increase the red tape to turn public opinion against the program.




To learn more read, "Republicans Are Killing Social Security One Tiny Service Cut at a Time" written by Nancy J. Altman for Slate on January 22, 2018.




The GOP claim that the Social Security contributes to our ballooning deficit, when it’s actually self sufficient. Of every dollar Americans put into our SS savings account, only 7/10 of a penny goes towards administering the program. Despite that stellar ratio, Republicans have been slashing the minuscule operating budget since 2010 when they gained power in Congress.

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  • We believe the PPC’s approach is consistent with our own views on what is necessary to build a mass movement. A movement, though, is only as effective as the people who build it. Sign up now.
  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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May 18, 2018 | The Labor Fightback Network urges all our readers to participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC). Visit the PPC website to sign up for events.

Inspired by the PPC of 1968 that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was working on at the time he was assassinated, it focuses on the three issues he raised in 1968: poverty, racism, and, militarism, and adds an issue not as central in the 1960s: climate change and environmental degradation. The 1968 campaign was made up of a broad multiracial coalition of organizations committed to mutual support for each other’s issues. It encouraged participants to see their common ground and identify common enemies and obstacles. Mass protest and non-violent civil disobedience, as practiced in the Civil Rights Movement, were its central tactics. This included including the building of a massive temporary tent city in Washington, DC, to demonstrate the impact of poverty in the US.

elnwebmaster is the discussion blog of the Labor Fightback Network, an auxiliary to the laborfightback.org website. It is designed to facilitate discussion among labor activists concerning the critical issues facing working people in the current economic crisis.

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The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them, elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

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  • The terrible "balanced budget amendment" didn't pass but we can not ignore the fact that 233 Representatives in the House voted to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security's surplus.
  • That's our money and we need to vote them out in November.

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