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Use Your Vote To Tell Congress That Working Families Matter

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

We can't outspend corporations — but we can outvote them

IT'S ELECTION TIME again in the United States — time to give Congress their report card. Election day is the best opportunity working families have to send a message to Washington that our lives matter.

What we do matters. We matter.

For nearly two years now, the Bush administration and the Republican-dominated House of Representatives have been acting as though working people are unimportant. They have insulted and injured us, while passing legislation written by lobbyists for large corporations.

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Bush Can't Revive The Economy By Giving More Tax Breaks To Business

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

His tax cut and corporate greed weakened the economy and destroyed faith in corporations

In a two-week period in July, the U.S. stock market lost $1.41 trillion in value, as stock prices dropped an average of 20 percent. There is no better evidence that the American public has lost faith in corporate America.

It's not surprising investors have lost faith in the stock market and in corporations. Over the past nine months, one billion-dollar corporation after another has gone bankrupt after revelations that they have been grossly overstating their financial strength.

Reporter  V41N4

We Must Build More Navy Ships

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Our fleet is shrinking to dangerously low levels, weakening our defense & shipbuilding industry

In the first days of the war on terrorism, the U.S. Navy amassed 50 ships in international waters in the Arabian Sea, 500 miles south of land-locked Afghanistan. From that distance, they were able to launch missiles and send jet fighters on sorties into the interior of Afghanistan 500 hundred miles away.

Reporter  V41N3

Use Your Contract To Protect Your Pension

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Pension reform bills in Congress are weak

In the months following the Enron collapse, members of Congress started talking about all kinds of reforms -- tax reforms, accounting reforms, pension reforms.

Reporter  V41N2

We Should Fully Fund Amtrak, Not Sell Off Pieces of It Like Scrap

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

The U.S. needs reliable passenger trains to complement our highways and airlines — not more corporate handouts

In January, the Amtrak Reform Council (ARC) reported that Amtrak had failed to meet the deadline for self-sufficiency that Congress gave them in 1997, and ARC unveiled their plan to privatize our passenger rails.

Their "cure" for America's ailing intercity passenger rail system is worse than the disease as diagnosed by Congress: poor service caused by lack of competition and unprofitability, which leads to government subsidies.

Reporter  V41N1

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.

Reporter  V40N4

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.

Reporter  V40N3

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:

Reporter  V40N2

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