Tax the 1% for Jobs

From the AFL-CIO

The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress want to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and corporations who ship jobs overseas, and they want to do it by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and other services we rely on.

America’s labor movement believes the wealthy should pay their fair share so we can create jobs and invest in a better future.

The AFL-CIO urges our elected officials to reject any tax deal that hurts working families to give more money to wealthy individuals and corporations.

White House budget proposals include up to $5 trillion in tax breaks that mainly benefit the 1%. They even include new tax breaks for global corporations to send jobs overseas, which would lower pay across the board.

At the same time, Republican leaders and President Donald Trump want more than $4 trillion in cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and other vital services for regular working people.

America’s working people should not be stuck with the bill for massive tax giveaways to the super-rich. 5,400: That’s how many super-rich people would reap massive windfalls from the proposed elimination of the estate tax, which would force massive cuts to education and other vital public services.  

Congress should focus on good jobs and raising pay, not more tax giveaways for people who don't need them.

Tell Congress to stop giving money to CEOs!

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Union Matters

The Big Drip

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

A rash of water main breaks in West Berkeley, Calif., and neighboring cities last month flooded streets and left at least 300 residents without water. Routine pressure adjustments in response to water demand likely caused more than a dozen pipes, some made of clay and more than 100 years old, to rupture.

West Berkeley’s brittle mains are not unique. Decades of neglect left aging pipes susceptible to breaks in communities across the U.S., wasting two trillion gallons of treated water each year as these systems near collapse.

Comprehensive upgrades to the nation’s crumbling water systems would stanch the flow and ensure all Americans have reliable access to clean water.

Nationwide, water main breaks increased 27 percent between 2012 and 2018, according to a Utah State University study.  

These breaks not only lead to service disruptions  but also flood out roads, topple trees and cause illness when drinking water becomes contaminated with bacteria.

The American Water Works Association estimated it will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years to upgrade and expand water infrastructure.

Some local water utilities raised their rates to pay for system improvements, but that just hurts poor consumers who can’t pay the higher bills.

And while Congress allocates money for loans that utilities can use to fix portions of their deteriorating systems, that’s merely a drop in the bucket—a fraction of what agencies need for lasting improvements.

America can no longer afford a piecemeal approach to a systemic nationwide crisis. A major, sustained federal commitment to fixing aging pipes and treatment plants would create millions of construction-related jobs while ensuring all Americans have safe, affordable drinking water.

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