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The 2017 Convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO was compressed and cut short by the threat of a hurricane evacuation but was still well-attended.  The annual meeting was held in the coastal city

Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us.

“What we know from RNRN’s work in previous disaster-stricken areas, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as post-earthquake Haiti and super typhoon Haiyan, is that after an initial surge

“I had the feeling that the administration has already decided what it wants to do,” Peg Seminario, director for safety and health at the A.F.L.-C.I.O., said of proposed changes to restrictions on beryllium.

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The Washington Post says President Trump will seek to put a spotlight on his vows to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and spur $1 trillion in new investment in roads, waterways and other infrastructure with a week-long series of events starting Monday at the White House.

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Jonah Edelman, chief executive of Stand for Children, and AFT President Randi Weingarten write in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that "President Trump wants to siphon billions of dollars from public schools to fund private and religious school vouchers. It’s an idea that’s bad for kids, public education and our democracy."

United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard writes in the Huffington Post, "To justify withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, President Trump said during his press conference today, 'I was elected to represent the city of Pittsburgh, not Paris.'

"From terrible experience, Pittsburghers know about pollution."

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The AFL-CIO was particularly outraged by the provision that said voters who stayed home for union elections would be counted as casting a “no” ballot. “If political elections were held in this fashion, virtually no one would have been elected, because the number of people who stay home, leave ballot sections blank or vote for someone else outstrips the number of votes officeholders receive,” the AFL-CIO wrote in response to a pro-ERA op-ed.

The gains in pay for chief executives and President Trump's pledge to deregulate and cut corporate tax rates sets the stage for perhaps the most consequential moment for corporate governance since the financial crisis of 2008. Rising executive compensation only widens the gap between top executives and most American workers. Mr. Rutledge, for instance, made 2,617 times the average American worker’s salary of $37,632, according to figures maintained by the AFL-CIO.

“Trump’s budget is the most significant betrayal yet of the working people he claims to support,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “This budget is a blueprint for how to rig the rules of the economy to favor the wealthy and corporations, while taking away our freedoms and protections at work.”

Read the full article in People's World.

Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO, writes "our democracy suffers not from voter fraud, but voter suppression and disenfranchisement."