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Changing American Life? The Working People Weekly List

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 Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life: "But the trickle-down story has yet to achieve its promised happy ending. Only the beginning reliably transpires, the part where wealthy people get relief. The spoils of resulting economic growth have largely been monopolized by those with the highest incomes. Pay for most American workers has been stagnant since the mid-1970s, after the rising costs of housing, health care and other basics are factored in."

Senate Women: Rules on Harassment Must Change: "The female members of the Senate, who number 21 out of 100, say the Senate’s rules for preventing sexual harassment were written to protect men and need to be changed as soon as possible."

GOP Goes for Win on Taxes, Consequences Be Damned: "An entire year of legislative defeats has grated on the GOP. Their promised Affordable Care Act repeal failed—again and again and again. Their Muslim ban was, well, banned by the courts. And now, in the waning days of November, their infrastructure bill, big beautiful border wall and brand new NAFTA are all missing. Republicans have lost so much, they’re downright desperate for a win. And that’s why they’re pushing a tax scam supported by a mere 25 percent of Americans, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll."

Five Big Problems the Senate Republican Tax Bill Creates: "Over the past week, I’ve been speaking with conservative tax experts to try to better understand their case for the Senate’s tax bill, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rushing to pass this week. What I’ve found is jarring."

Wages Really Are Rising Too Slowly. But Corporate Tax Cuts Won’t Help: "Republicans in Congress and the White House have clearly settled on a central theme to market recent plans to cut taxes on business: These cuts will end up boosting wages for American workers. As public relations, this theme is brilliant; too-sluggish growth in paychecks is a central concern for the American public. As economics, however, it’s bunk."

Will a Corporate Tax Cut Lift Worker Pay? A Union Wants It in Writing: "This week, the Communications Workers of America asked several companies that employ its members to promise to give workers a pay increase if the cut in the corporate tax rate goes through. The request, while unlikely to be heeded, highlights a critical question over who would benefit the most from the tax bill: shareholders or workers?"

What Union Activists Really Think About NAFTA and Trade: "We keep hearing that surveys show that Americans think the North American Free Trade Agreement is good for the United States, but if that is so, why did so many voters in states hard hit by ill-considered trade policies (such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) vote for the candidate who promised to fix bad trade policies in the past election?"

'Right to Work' Designed to Keep Black Workers Poor: "In his commentary, 'Unions Ignore Long History of Excluding Minorities from Jobs,' Missouri Rep. Shamed Dogan (R) highlighted past discriminatory practices in organized labor’s history as reason for implementing our state’s currently pending 'right to work' law, along with other anti-worker measures such as ending prevailing wage and minimum wage requirements."

GOP Tax Plan Is a Bad Deal for Women: "If you are looking for more reasons to oppose the GOP’s toxic tax plan, consider the impact it will have on women and families. It’s not just that women-headed households are less likely to be in the top 20%—those who have the most to gain from the GOP tax plan. The proposed GOP tax plan gives tax breaks to the wealthy while increasing taxes on working women. Women head 20% of households and, under this plan, they would end up paying more in taxes and seeing many important programs drastically cut or eliminated. This job-killing, multibillion-dollar giveaway to corporations (and the super-rich) is also a direct attack on the most vulnerable women and families in our country."

What the Experts Are Saying About Outsourcing and the GOP Tax Bill: "We know the Republican tax plan favors the super-rich and the wealthy corporations over working people. One of the many ways it will hurt working people is by setting up a territorial tax system, under which the active income of U.S. companies earned offshore will no longer be subject to U.S. taxes. This will further entice U.S. multinationals to shift their jobs and profits overseas."

Trump's TPS Decision Is Literally Tearing Families Apart: "This week, the Trump administration made the cruel announcement that it will strip away rights and work permits from 50,000 men and women from Haiti by ending their Temporary Protected Status. Our UNITE HERE sister, Marie Parfait, is one of the tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants who will be facing deportation in 18 months—even though she and others have been living and working here legally for nearly a decade."

Fighting the GOP Tax Scam: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the freedoms 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."

Working People Need a Strong CFPB with a Leader Who Supports Its Existence: "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the Great Recession of 2008 wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, causing millions of families to lose their homes to foreclosure and forcing millions of working people onto the unemployment rolls. Its mission is to protect working people from tricks and traps in consumer financial products like home mortgages and credit cards."

Don't Pass Huge Tax Cuts for the Wealthy on the Backs of Working People: "Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have proposed a job-killing tax plan that favors the super-rich and wealthy corporations over working people. We cannot afford to let this bill become law."