WIN Week In Review: Saturday, September 30, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
A $6 trillion con game. That’s what the AFL-CIO says the Republican tax cut for the rich plan is.
The labor federation says the GOP is trying to con working people while delivering huge tax cuts to the rich.
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says the con works like this – first comes the promise that big tax giveaways to the rich will help us, then that these tax cuts will pay for themselves because the economy will magically boom forever.
Then we’ll be told that it didn’t work out so well to slash government revenue so there’s not choice but to cut programs working people depend on like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, education and infrastructure.
Trumka says there always seems to be enough money for millionaires and corporations but never enough for us.
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is mounting a major door to door campaign in October throughout California in a push for a state Medicare For All bill.
SB 562 was passed by the Senate but blocked from a vote in the state Assembly by Democrat Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Martha Kuhl is Secretary Treasurer for National Nurses United.
[Martha Kuhl]: “The Healthy California Campaign is going to be in every district, 80 Assembly districts in California to knock on every door in those districts to talk to people about guaranteeing healthcare to everyone in California.
What nurses in California – what California nurses associations want and what the Healthy California Campaign wants is for the bill to be released early next
year at the first opportunity in the legislature and move forward so that we can guarantee health care for all Californians.”
General Electric is transferring locomotive manufacturing work from a union plant in Erie, Pennsylvania to a non-union Texas plant.
570 jobs will be lost in Erie.
Scott Slawson is President of UE Local 506. he says the union fought hard to save these jobs and the fight will go on.
[Scott Slawson]: “I just think that their intention was that they were gonna transfer the work one way or another for a multitude of reasons.
General Electric does not seem to value union labor any longer.
Slawson says GE constantly drives down wages with no concern about the effect it has on working people.
[Scott Slawson]: “So it’s just a matter of chasing lower wages and wiping out middle class. In a lot of cases they want to go back to wage scales they were paying in the ’80’s and 90’s.”
Target stores say they will pay workers $15 an hour by 2020. Target is raising wages to $11 an hour from their current minimum of $10 starting next month.
Fight For $15 says if Target can do it, companies like McDonald’s can, too.
The Fight For 415 workers movement backed by SEIU started with 200 New York City low wage workers walking off their jobs to demand a minimum of $15 and a union five years ago.
Since then, SEIU says, 22 million American workers have won raises, including 10 million who are on their way to $15 an hour.
Kayla Gray is a worker in the Fight For $15.
[Kayla Gray]: “We need this. You know, this will help millions of us. Us coming together – marching, going to McDonald’s. You know, we’re all fighting for the union and fifteen dollars an hour.”