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  • January 29, 2013

    Canton Daily Ledger

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    Sam Pizzigati from the Institute for Policy Studies says, “Since the late 1970s we’ve witnessed an assault on the building blocks of greater equality – strong unions, progressive taxes, regulatory limits on business behavior – that has hollowed out the American middle class. Good manufacturing jobs have largely disappeared, outsourced away. Most Americans no longer make things. They provide services.”

     . . . The elite, financing both Republicans and Democrats and successfully getting legislation benefiting the 1%, have their Capitol Hill mouthpieces cry, “Jobs, jobs, jobs.” However, their mutual coziness with globalization actually means, “Lower wages, lower wages, lower wages.”

  • January 14, 2013

    The Final Call

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    Bill Fletcher, Jr. long-time labor activist, and senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies recently authored a book titled “They’re Bankrupting Us - And 20 Other Myths About Unions” argues that unions are necessary for democracy and to ensure economic and social justice.

    . . . “We have to build a new labor movement,” Mr. Fletcher explained to The Final Call. “We need a leadership that understands the labor crisis from the ground up—not this top-down module now in existence.” 

  • January 1, 2013

    USA Today features article “The fiscal cliff ... of '32”

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  • December 13, 2012

    Unionosity features article “In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won't Scare Them Away”

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  • December 12, 2012

    The Albany Tribune features article “In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won't Scare Them Away”

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  • December 7, 2012

    The (Prestonsburg, KY) Floyd County Times features article “For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?”

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  • December 7, 2012

    Counterpunch features article “For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?”

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  • December 3, 2012

    Nation of Change features article “To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past”

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  • November 30, 2012

    The (Russellville, KY) News-Democrat & Leader features article “To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past”

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  • November 14, 2012

    National Catholic Reporter features report “Executive Excess 2012: The CEO Hands in Uncle Sam's Pocket”

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    The Institute for Policy Studies’ “Executive Excess 2012” reports that in 2010 and 2011 a quarter of America’s 100 highest-paid CEOs took home more in pay than their corporations paid the U.S. in taxes. Two of those firms were Citigroup and AIG, both bailed out by taxpayers. In total, these 25 corporations have 533 subsidiaries in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Gibraltar.

    The CEOs’ hands in Uncle Sam’s pocket -- to use the institute’s neat phrase -- mean that “the four most direct tax subsidies for excessive executive pay cost taxpayers $14.4 billion per year -- $46 for every man, woman and child,” who, in effect, buy a CEO lunch, with a glass of wine, once a year.

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