Trumka: Working People are Watching, Mr. President

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Reprinted from the AFL-CIO Now by Richard Trumka on January 17, 2017.

“To Washington, D.C. insiders, this month’s budget negotiations are just the latest partisan exercise in a series of manufactured crises that too often result in short-term solutions,” writes AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in its blog Now. “But for those who live and work outside of the Beltway bubble, much more is at stake.

“What happens in the coming days has the potential to fundamentally shift the balance of power in the workplace. Nothing less than the right to dream, live, work and retire in security is on the table as Congress faces key decisions and deadlines.

“It is hard to be optimistic given the House and Senate’s last major action: a budget-busting, worker-bashing tax cut designed to further enrich big corporations, concentrate wealth in the hands of the few and ship jobs overseas. …

AFL-CIO Now 1/17

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