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Want To Stimulate The Economy? Put Money Into The Hands of Consumers

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Corporate tax giveaways won't rev up economy

In the days and weeks — now months — following the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans have slowly gone back to their regular routine, trying to get back to that comfortable feeling of "business as usual." In Washington, recovery seems to have taken place more rapidly. Even with the anthrax threat, politicians went back to their old ways within days of the attacks.

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Save Your Tax Rebate - You'll Need It

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Bush has wiped out the budget surplus — now he's looking at Medicare and Social Security

If you get a tax rebate check this fall, consider yourself lucky. Many working families will get nothing from Bush's tax cut. And even though your $300 or $600 check is chump change compared to the million-dollar tax cuts that America's wealthiest families will realize, you'd better hang onto it.

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Trade Pacts Threaten Sovereignty

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

NAFTA, FTAA, and the WTO may force Canada and the U.S. to lower our standards to match third-world countries

In the past five years, a quiet revolution has been occurring in the world of international trade. You might even call it a silent coup, because in a sense a small group of people is seizing the reins of governments all around the world.

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We Must Stop Bush's Rampage

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

His radical agenda and tax-cut budget weaken worker protections, rob Medicare to give the rich a big tax cut

In the first hundred days of his presidency, George W. Bush has been on an anti-worker rampage. Just look at a few of his deeds:

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Congress Should Stop Company Raids On Retiree Medical And Pension Funds

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Companies lower benefits and use surpluses to make profits

The next time you hear a report on how much profit some large corporation has made in the past year, or how some corporate executive has made a couple of million dollars by cashing in stock options, I want you to think of Jim Sanders.

Jim and his wife, Dorothy, used to work at the Inspiration mine in Miami, Ariz., where they were members of Local 187. When Cyprus Mines bought Inspiration, they refused to recognize the union and managed to convince a majority of the workers there to go along with their plan.

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Regardless Who Is President, Our Union's Mission Remains The Same

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

We must fight for labor law reform so working families get a fair break

The presidential election took place three weeks ago, yet we still don't have a winner. The closest election in more than 100 years has spawned an electoral tangle that may take months to resolve.

Both candidates claim that their lawsuits and legal wrangling are merely attempts to ensure that the results of the election reflect "the will of the people."

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U.S. Workers Demand The Right To Organize

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

U.S. labor laws deny workers the most fundamental workers' rights — to organize, to bargain collectively, and to strike

Human Rights Watch (HRW), the nation's premiere human rights watchdog, issued a historic report on August 31, 2000. After a year-long investigation into freedom of association among American workers, HRW concluded that U. S. workers are being denied the most fundamental internationally-recognized human rights at the workplace.

Their research showed that U.S. workers are not free to organize, bargain, or strike.

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Trade With China Is Not The Real Problem

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

American workers have more — and bigger — problems than China

When Congress voted to give China permanent normal trade relations, they didn't do American workers any favors. But those union leaders who want us to use this single vote as a litmus test for candidates are wrong.

Some of our best friends in Congress voted for this bill -- people who have supported us on nearly every other issue. Refusing to support them because of a single vote is political suicide. All we will do is make it that much easier for our enemies to get elected.

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Don't Let Reformers Destroy Social Security

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Social Security provides old age, survivors, and disability insurance — it is not an investment vehicle

In March, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released their latest projections for Social Security. They reported that the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) funds will be able to meet all obligations for another 37 years — even if we change nothing about the system.

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