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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Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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