"Americans are deeply suspicious of trade deals negotiated in secret, with chief executives invited into the room while the workers whose jobs are on the line are locked outside."
The promised jobs and prosperity don't come through. Instead our trade agreements have cost us and have exacerbated inequality, which is a threat to our democracy.
The next big fight in Congress will be about getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal passed. What lessons can we learn from the way the "Citibank" provisions in the budget deal were pushed through?
No one in the House or Senate would admit to putting it in the bill. No one would say they supported the provision. Yet Wall Street still got their way. What does that say about who runs our government?
People are fed up with backroom deals that rig the system against us. There is time to fight this giveaway to Wall Street. Call your senators today and tell them take the Citibank bailout out or block the budget.
Between 2001 and 2013 the massive growth of our country's trade deficit with China has cost us 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 2.4 million (three-fourths) of which were in manufacturing.
Are we a nation of laws or not? No one is held accountable for invading Iraq, bank fraud, shooting unarmed citizens, or even torture. It's time to restore the rule of law.
NAFTA and CAFTA caused tremendous loss of farming jobs, creating massive displacement of farmers into the U.S. TPP could displace an estimated 1.2 million more workers in these countries, resulting in more migration northward.
The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership will have profound effects on our ability to make a living as a country. Yet you have to read about it in the Japan Times because few-to-no U.S. media outlets are covering it.
Corporations are pushing Congress to pass something called Fast Track — a process that essentially pre-approves trade agreements before Congress even reads them for the first time.
Fast-food workers, home care workers, convenience store cashiers, discount store clerks, airport cleaners and ramp workers and others are demonstrating to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
Did you know that lots of workers who used to get overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week ? They used to, now they don't, and President Obama could fix this with the simple stroke of a pen.
What would a fed-up caucus of Democrats (and independents) demand next? Imagine government policies that were not designed primarily to benefit the 1 percent and their corporations.
The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The event is hosted by The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department.
Republicans in Washington are obstructing help for regular Americans, so many localities are acting on their own. Among them is San Francisco, where a new law will let employees know in advance when their work shift will be.
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking "what did the voters want?" But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote?
Some of the special tax breaks in the extenders package are really good and serve an important purpose. Others include loopholes that actually encourage corporations to shift U.S. profits offshore into tax havens.
In 2009 the Obama took action against China for the same thing, imposing tariffs for 5 years. That action expired and China again began dumping tires here below cost.
Everyone understood that maintaining and modernizing our country's infrastructure created good-paying jobs with benefits. Republicans now oppose this because it creates good-paying jobs with benefits.
Walmart is running commercials about how great they are for American workers. Wait … isn’t the “Walmart model” of selling cheap goods from China the reason everyone is so desperate for American-made goods?
A National Employment Law Project study out today finds that factory jobs now pay much less than they did even a few years ago. In fact, more than 600,000 manufacturing workers make just $9.60 per hour or less.
Corporations owe taxes on the $2 trillion of profits these companies have already made. Who should get this money? We could let corporations keep the money – or use it to give ordinary Americans a $2,000 check.
Because President Obama is trying to do the right things to help millions of families the Republicans are threatening to again shut down our government to spite their face, which would hurt all of us.
The Republican Party has become entirely a play-for-pay operation. If you want to get something done in Congress in the next two years, you'd better be ready to pay up.
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to unionize.
Starting next year, Republicans will be forcing big cutbacks in mail service so they can say government doesn't work. Friday is a day of action: "Stop Delaying America’s Mail!"
This week, President Obama is in Asia pushing yet another job-killing, "NAFTA-style" trade agreement. The public is well aware of the damage these agreements have done to our economy and their wages.
Transportation Advocate Ed Wytkind talks about transportation policy and what to expect from the next two years, the incoming Republican Congress and President Obama.
The 2010 Dodd-Frank law mandated "clawback" rules that make CEOs return compensation they receive through accounting gimmicks and not through actual performance. Four years later, the SEC still has not issued them.
Under Fast Track, Congress agrees to pass new trade treaties with no amendments, on a straight up-or-down vote, within 90 days of seeing what is in the treaty for the first time.
Any deal that in exchange for funding infrastructure lets these companies off the hook for these taxes they already owe rewards these companies for engaging in these schemes and scams.
By thinking they could "attract votes from the center-right" and "distance themselves from" the President and core Democratic policies, many Democratic candidates failed to give the Democratic base a reason to vote. So they didn't.
This weekend President Obama flies to Asia for a week of meetings, in part to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement finalized. A coalition is using the coming week to make the public aware of the dangers.
Underneath it all, this election was a statement by people against an economy that is not working for them. Democrats failed to deliver a better economy and a better life for most people, and voters held them accountable.
The massive U.S. trade deficit jumped 7.6 percent in September, draining another $43 billion from our economy in a single month. That's $43 billion worth of jobs and business that went elsewhere.
Why bother to vote today? There are plenty of good reasons. We list four ways voting – or not – will have an immediate impact on your life, plus a fifth reason that is perhaps the most important one of all.
For being a true populist champion, Lee Saunders, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, is being honored at the Campaign for America's Future Awards Gala.
Trade is a huge issue for many blue-collar voters and in "rust-belt" regions that have been wiped out by the offshoring of our jobs and factories. This has given North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan an opportunity.
When you sign an online petition, send an email and especially donate to a cause, it can make a real difference. In the case of companies “renouncing their citizenship” in order to dodge their taxes, it really did work.
Here we are a week from the election and the public doesn't know that Republicans again and again and again filibustered and obstructed and sabotaged things that would help the economy.