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A new report from researchers from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that not only is rising inequality a drag on economic growth, but that policies designed to lessen inequality through a moderate level of redistribution do not slow growth. While the report is clear in stating it isn't the official opinion or policy of the IMF, researchers Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos G. Tsangarides make a compelling case that austerity policies are bad for economic growth and that it isn't just morally sound to reduce income inequality, it's the economically wise choice, too. While countries have pursued policies focused heavily on deficit reduction and lower government spending, the new report suggests those legislative priorities may be the wrong approach to economic growth, joining a growing chorus of evidence from economic analysts that is pushing for a move away from austerity. Read more >>>
The economy added 175,000 jobs in February—62,000 more than the January job gain but still far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.7%, compared with January’s 6.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of long-term unemployed people (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose by 203,000, increasing the number of long-term jobless workers to 3.8 million. Read more >>>
Last year, Denise Imundo’s husband had surgery on his neck that forced him out of the job market. He went four months without work, and although he was eligible to receive disability payments, they only covered one-third of his salary. And when the holidays approached, finances were getting tight.
But instead of racking up debt, the couple’s Union Plus Credit Card offers special assistance for eligible cardholders. Read more>>>
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The fight to "Save America's Postal Service" is far from over and we must keep up the momentum. It is time to take our message back to the American people and show Congress that the public stands with us on saving Saturday delivery. Six-day delivery is crucial to the health of the USPS. Read more >>>
The AFL-CIO National Boycott List
The Union Label & Service Trades Department maintains and publishes the "Don't Buy" list of companies being boycotted and the products and services involved. Click Here for the Boycott List.
DAY OF ACTION!
What: "Jobs, not Cuts" Rally
Labor Federation Endorsed Candidates Head into November Runoff
Gongressman Paul Gosar's voting record has left seniors and workers just saying NO!
Arizona's Worst Politicians
The Maricopa Area Labor Federation has passed a resolution supporting Teamster members who are on strike at Redburn Tire Company. Read more >>>
The Maricopa Area Labor Federation invites union members and their families to UNITE for Labor Day 2011 on the island.
(From our friends at IBEW local 429)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, the Maricopa Area Labor Federation announced its endorsements for upcoming Fall 2011 municipal elections. The 105,000-member strong local AFL-CIO coalition endorsed Greg Stanton, candidate for Mayor of Phoenix, as well as several city council candidates and incumbents in the cities of Phoenix and Surprise.
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