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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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Voters Are Getting Smarter About Tax Cuts And The So-Called Surplus

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Tax cuts being proposed by presidential hopefuls would rob Social Security to reward the rich

It is a presidential election year, and that means we can expect to hear candidates promise us the moon, the stars, and even more, if we will only give them our vote.

Usually at least one of the candidates will try to buy his way into the White House by offering everyone a tax cut. This year is no exception. George W. Bush was the first one to jump on that bandwagon, but he was quickly followed by others.

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We Need To Make Our Government Spend Our Tax Money More Wisely

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had it pretty rough last fall. In September they lost the Mars Climate Orbiter, a satellite that was supposed to study the atmosphere of Mars. Then in December, they lost its mate, the Mars Polar Lander, which was supposed to land near the south pole of Mars and study the polar surface.

NASA's goal for these shots was to determine whether there has ever been enough water on the surface of Mars to support life. Together, these failed launches cost a total of $356.5 million.

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Where is that federal budget surplus?

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

We don't actually have one yet, and claiming that we do is a deceptive and dangerous practice

Here's a little mathematical puzzle for you to ponder while you're digesting all that holiday turkey and pie.

No doubt you've heard that President Clinton has proudly proclaimed a $69 billion surplus for fiscal year 1998, and a $120 billion surplus for 1999. It is all over the newspapers and television.

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