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Do you get your health care coverage through work? If you do, it's time to start paying attention to what’s going on in Washington. Especially to the new plan to tax our health benefits.
Iowa Republicans passed a bill last week that, in the words of Democratic House Leader Mark Smith, "unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law." The law, which favors special interests (mostly out-of-state special interests) over working people, has stirred up strong opposition, including this message from Shannon Miller that was shared by the Iowa Federation of Labor.
Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.
It is shocking that in the 21st century, we are still fighting to ensure that all eligible citizens have the right to vote—nevertheless, the battle to protect one of our most sacred rights continues.
It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.
There is definitely lots of talk about how President Donald Trump and Congress are planning to make major changes to Americans’ health benefits. That’s because Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have said that repealing the Affordable Care Act is one of their top priorities. Although it is not clear when they will act or exactly what they will do, here are three things to know right now.
The withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination is great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing. It’s a reminder of the collective power of working people and a clear message to President Trump that it’s time to change course completely, not double down.
Working people deserve to go to work every day without fear for their safety or being harassed. They deserve to go out the door and make a living without worrying about their lives being upended. These are sacred tenets people and their unions value.
Feb. 18 begins the first recess of the 115th Congress. It will be the first opportunity of the Donald Trump administration for most Americans to speak directly with members of Congress who will be in their districts holding events, town halls and other public appearances. You can join the many Americans who are pledging to make their voices heard during what is being called the "Resistance Recess: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities and Our Democracy." You can check here to find an event close to you or plan your own event.
In a new video, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka lays out the reasons why Andrew Puzder, the fast-food CEO nominated to run the Department of Labor, is a bad pick for working families. Watch the video and then contact your senators and ask them to vote "no" on Puzder.