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Rand Paul Scuttles D.C. Budget Bill with 'Right to Work' Amendment

Alya Solomon is the assistant legislative/political coordinator of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) derailed the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act yesterday when he launched what DC Vote called “a full-scale assault on DC Home Rule.” In addition to controversial amendments regarding guns and abortions, Rand proposed extending anti-labor “right to work” laws to the District.

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Frank Guinta Could Help Save The USPS But Isn't

Bill Brickley is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serving on the New Hampshire Letter Carrier Executive Board as CD1 legislative liaison. He also serves on the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Board and is a former New Hampshire Area Coordinator for Amnesty International and a New Hampshire Labor News blogger. This post originally appeared in New Hampshire Labor News. 

In a different political climate Postal Reform legislation would make its way seamlessly through Congress and be quietly signed into law by the President. Postal legislation has long been a bi partisan issue. That political climate no longer exists mainly because the GOP (Guardians Of the Powerful) are focused on grinding government to a halt and manufacturing controversies to divert voters short attention span. The Senate has passed a flawed Postal Reform bill S1789 and it’s now time for the House of Representatives to act. The problem is postal reform legislation is currently stalled in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Letter Carriers Member Tells the Real Story About the USPS

Photo courtesy of NALC Photographer Michael Shea from Flickr

Bill Brickley is a member of the Letter Carriers, serving on the New Hampshire Letter Carriers Executive Board as a CD-1 legislative liaison. He also serves on the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Board and is a former area coordinator in the state for Amnesty International and is a Central American solidarity activist.

The corporate-owned media is blindly mouthing the GOP version of the situation with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The fairy tale states that the USPS is losing serious money because of declining mail volume due to the Internet—competition from FedEx and UPS and those "ineffective" union workers. Since our electorate spends minimal time researching anything of substance, it buys this fairy tale as fact.

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Stop the Attacks on Federal Workers

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We Must Stop the Attacks On Federal Workers and Their Retirements

By Matt Murray for the NH Labor News

For the Federal Employees there is good, bad, and even worse news. Today Kellie Lunney reported some important information regarding the changes in the Federal Budge...

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Bodies vs. Bucks

Expert analysts have tallied the impressive media expenditures, of Gov. Scott Walker, to save his gubernatorial seat, at $20 million-plus. This upcoming recall effort in Wisconsin is a blatant attempt to subvert the electorate's will for the greedy ends of large corporations and the wealthiest citizens.

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Student Loans Cover Less, but Debt Increases 511%

The AFL-CIO is working with campus and young activist groups to address the staggering problem of student debt, a huge economic issue for our country. Curtis Hierro is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida and an activist with Jobs with Justice. We encourage your comments and submissions through Your Turn on the blog. This past April, student loan debt held in the United States surpassed the $1 trillion mark; indenturing an entire generation of students to debt. Today, the average student graduates with $25,000 worth of student loan debt. This is in an economic climate dominated by high unemployment and underemployment for those fortunate enough to attain jobs.

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