It’s easy to understand why Donald "I am really, really rich" Trump opposes raising the minimum wage. This guy who was born with a really, really silver spoon in his mouth doesn’t have a clue what living on $7.25 an hour means.
A backlash against so-called free trade is evident in the groundswell of support for insurgent presidential candidates on the left and right who denounce these failed policies. The first victim of this uprising should be the proposed TPP.
The US can become a weakling, reliant on other nations for steel, including some, like China, that clearly are not allies. Or, the United States can act now, as U.S. Steel demands, to secure America’s industrial strength and independence.
Last week GOP House members conducted a hearing to further their case against saving the lives of workers exposed to silica dust. To appease big business, the GOP wants to reverse a new rule that will save lives by limiting silica exposure.
China makes way, way too much steel – nearly 500 million tons more than it needed last year – to keep its citizens employed, its mills running and its country free of civic unrest. It exports that steel – and unemployment.
Corporations virtually eliminated secure pensions, forced workers into risky, self-pay plans and handed hundreds of millions in tax-free retirement benefits to the top dogs. Pensions aren’t dead; they’re just exclusive now.
The GOP campaign has been a hate fest with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz contending for No. 1 hater of Muslims and undocumented workers and women. Hate may have brought the GOP a load of publicity but it lost the party a bushel of bucks.
The GOP is expressing deep derision for 65 million Americans who voted to re-elect Barack Obama and for the American democratic process by obstructing the duly elected U.S. President from fulfilling his Constitutional obligations.
The U.S. runs massive trade deficits with the other 11 TPP countries. Trade deficits mean products are shipped to the U.S. rather than made in the U.S. The math is simple. A drop in Asian currency means a drop in U.S. jobs.
China makes too much steel. With government subsidies and currency manipulation that are illegal under international trade rules, China sells steel overseas at below production cost, bankrupting fair market manufacturers and killing jobs.
GOP candidates boast about building a physical wall to keep poor Mexican immigrants out of America. They fail to offer an economic barrier to prevent U.S. corporations from impoverishing American workers by exporting their jobs to Mexico.
The IRS took five years to review the Crossroads GPS application for nonprofit social welfare status. Most Americans would need five minutes to determine that Crossroads is about politics, not social welfare.
As America’s tool makers and freight car builders are furloughed, their factories shuttered and offshored, America is wasting. Ill-conceived free trade deals, like the proposed TPP, are reducing it to a nation of stooped shoulders.
Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
Like the former venture capitalist he is, GOP Gov. Rick Snyder denied Flint, Mich., the funds it needed to keep clean water flowing, then asked for a federal bailout when Flint's kids were poisoned by lead-tainted water.
Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for five years. They’ve made no effort to patch the gaping hole that would leave behind because they believe Americans who get cancer and don't have health insurance are on their own.
In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
Fear-mongering GOP candidates divert attention from real problems like bad trade deals and urge us to burn with anger about immigrants and refugees. In a real democracy, the smoldering in America would be piles of discarded TPP texts.
One percenters who feast on $45,000 Thanksgiving meals have launched a new assault on workers: a lawsuit called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Winning would enable the 1 percent to gorge themselves all the more.
The U.S. aluminum industry is desperate for relief from a flood of illegally subsidized imports from China. Thousands of American aluminum workers would still be employed if the U.S. enforced trade regulations.
It was cruel enough that America countenanced trade deals that cost millions of U.S. manufacturing workers their source of income. But now that it’s clear that bad trade schemes also cost workers their lives, the TPP must be stopped.
While corporations stash more and more in the accounts of CEOs, they’ve slashed more and more from workers whose labor creates profits. That means retirement luxury for CEOs; retirement poverty for workers.
It's crucial that the next President belief restore the belief that America is a place where work is justly rewarded and everyone who works hard can attain a middle-class life -- without backbreaking debt.
New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said the TPP contained dead rats every country had to swallow. American workers know they’ll be force-fed the dead rats while the TPP will serve corporations foie gras on silver platters.
Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
Scott Walker should be a cautionary tale to the GOP. His ratings plummeted after he released his anti-union screed last week. Americans oppose union busting because they know unions are a path to achieve the American Dream.
Disgraced former United CEO Jeff Smisek and his overpaid boardroom buddies nationwide have swindled American workers and American communities in a scam to amass wealth for themselves and well-heeled stockholders.
Corporations' growing use of lockouts to force workers to accept CEO demands demonstrates that the already powerful -- corporations -- have secured even more might in their relationship with workers.
By locking out workers, and wasting untold millions on highly paid but inexperienced replacements and on security guards, ATI has finished converting itself from a pillar of the community into a pariah.
China lowered the value of its currency on three consecutive days last week, for a total of 4.4 percent, the largest decline in two decades, raising the question of when the United States is going to stop ignoring currency manipulation.
Firing workers like nurse Lacie Little for trying to form a union is illegal. But institutions do it all the time anyway because the penalties are so very paltry and the fear instilled is so very profound.
On the demand of oilmen for more profit, the Senate Energy Committee voted to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting American oil - giving oil-rich Middle Eastern countries additional power to crush the U.S. economy with another oil embargo.
The GOP believes individuals like The Donald attain riches through their own guts and gumption with no aid from community, country or inherited wealth. It’s just that when The Donald expresses their credo, he ignores their shinola.
As a result of Bush’s “work harder” scolding, Americans know what that symbol is at the end of the name Jeb! on all his presidential campaign literature. It’s a whip handle and blood splotch. As President, he’d crack Americans into shape.
After President Obama proposed making more workers eligible for overtime, the National Retail Federation said “there’s no magic pot of money” to pay overtime. There is, however, always a big fat magic pot of money to pay CEOs.
Republicans have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in spite of two appeals to the Supreme Court and 67 votes to do so in Congress. They need to stop trying to slaughter a law that’s helping millions.
Instead of conceding 20 years of failure and forging a new path on trade, the House cleared the way to destroy more American jobs. The Senate votes today on fast-tracking more jobs and factories overseas.
Once in office, politicians are far more likely to meet with donors than with voters. And they’re far more likely to pass legislation coveted by the rich than crucial to the rest. The result is the government helping the rich get richer.
Decade after decade, the federal government has failed to enforce free trade agreements, placing Americans in competition with child laborers, underpaid and overburdened foreign workers and victims of human trafficking.
America's deeply flawed trade policy is based on the philosophy that workers and the retired should be forced to suffer to facilitate the rich getting richer.