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.
Senate Tax Bill Cuts Taxes of Wealthy and Hikes Taxes on Families Earning Under $75,000 Over a Decade: "The tax bill Senate Republicans are championing would give large tax cuts to millionaires while raising taxes on American families earning $10,000 to $75,000 over the next decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress' official nonpartisan analysts."
Nike Shareholders to Propose Tax Principles After Paradise Papers Leak: "In the wake of the Paradise Papers revelations about tax avoidance, the AFL-CIO and Domini Impact Investments LLC, a provider of socially responsible mutual funds, is asking Nike Inc. to adopt formal tax practice principles."
Trump Tax Plan Gives Jobs Away to Robots and Will Increase Unemployment: "'We’ve already seen that this bill is a job killer in terms of outsourcing and these issues of timing around tax deductions for human capital versus physical capital seem likely to make it even more of a job killer,' AFL-CIO policy director Damon Silvers told Newsweek."
Cookie Crumbles for Laid Off Vets: "Will Attig, head of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO, said the rally was calling out corporations for sending veterans’ jobs overseas. 'It’s shameful and unpatriotic that veterans come home and have their job ripped from them by a greedy corporation.'"
GOP Tax Plans Could Fuel the Suburban Revolt Against Trump: "After a suburban firestorm in last week's elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan is now asking his Republican members from suburbia to put out the fire with gasoline. In the House of Representatives, Republicans representing white-collar districts were understandably unnerved by a roaring backlash against President Donald Trump in last week's elections, which carried Democrats to sweeping victories from northern Virginia to leafy communities outside New York, Philadelphia and Seattle. Just days later, the House leadership is now pressing those same suburban representatives to back a tax reform bill that independent analysts say will raise taxes on many of their constituents, particularly in Democratic-leaning states and around the major metropolitan areas with the highest real estate values."
Puerto Rico’s Second-Class Treatment on Food Aid: "Of all Puerto Rico’s continuing miseries seven weeks after Hurricane Maria’s devastation, the most blatantly unjust is that islanders have been denied the more generous and swifter food relief distributed to storm victims this year in Texas and Florida under the emergency food stamp program."
House Republicans Throw Trillions of Dollars at Millionaires and Corporations, Hope Nobody Will Notice: "Congressional Republicans, knowing how much their new tax bill stinks, seem determined to ram it through Congress before the rest of the country figures out how truly awful it is."
Working People Are Tackling High Drug Costs Through State-Level Reforms: "Despite all of the talk in Washington, D.C., about health care, Congress and Donald Trump have done nothing to deal with the No. 1 health care problem facing working people. Surging health care prices—especially prescription drug prices—are putting ever-increasing pressure on family budgets, workers' health plans and public health programs."
Labor Puts Working People in Charge: "The three union member candidates who addressed the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention won their elections! This came shortly after the adoption of Resolution 10, 'Encouraging Union Members to Run for Public Office,' that pledges to adopt labor candidate programs in every state and local labor body in the country."
Be Thankful for These Companies on Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a time to be spent with family and friends, and NOT a day to boost retail sales. This year, our friends over at Labor 411 wanted to thank the companies that have made the pro-working families decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day."
A Not-So-Modest Proposal to Reform NAFTA: "The next NAFTA negotiation round officially begins Nov. 17, and the news isn't all bad. It may sound crazy, but the same administration that put a Goldman Sachs and OneWest operative in charge of the Treasury Department and an anti-public school advocate in charge of the Department of Education recently made a NAFTA proposal that would nearly eliminate the private corporate justice system known as ISDS (investor-to-state dispute settlement)."
2017 Election Update: New Jersey Labor Candidate Victories Rise to 964: "Labor won big this year, and the news just got better. After a tight race for Florence Township Council, our brother from LIUNA Local 172, Frank Baldorossi Jr., prevailed. The final vote tally was 645–624, a difference of only 21 votes. We also congratulate IBEW Local 351 Brother Steve Light, who was elected to serve as a member of the Absecon City Council, and our brother from IBEW Local 3, Michael Soriano, who secured a major victory in his race for Parsippany mayor."
'Wall of Fame–Wall of Shame' Might Be Coming to a Union Hall Near You: "Unique United Steelworkers of America-made 'Wall of Fame–Wall of Shame' banners are hitting the road in the Bluegrass State."
Workforce Intermediaries Advance Equity and Diversity Through Apprenticeship: "As we kick off National Apprenticeship Week, it is more important than ever to shine a light on the ways government agencies, employers and joint labor-management programs can focus their resources on fostering greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the American workforce. Registered apprenticeship programs are a big part of the answer. Workforce intermediary partnerships that promote and operate apprenticeship programs are powerful vehicles for delivering career opportunities."
Republicans Defeat the ‘Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs’ Amendment: "When the House Ways and Means Committee debated the GOP tax bill yesterday, Republicans voted down the 'Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs' amendment offered by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)."