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Right to Work

Right to Work
by Larry Keller

Chicago - In this wonderful Country of ours where freedom of speech is a tradition, the spokesman for the National Right to Work Committee abused the privilege with his confusion about unions, in his letter to the "Voice of the People" last week.

The truth about the Right to Work Committee's philosophy is the so-called right to work in a union shop getting:

    •    union wages and benefits
    •    union protection and security
    •    union representation, and
    •    union collective bargaining...

all without paying union dues.

Isn't that the same as:
    •    Getting the benefits of a community without paying taxes?
    •    Subscribing to the Tribune without paying the carrier?
    •    Being a member of a (religious) congregation without contributing?

If a worker does not want to pay union dues he has the free, American right to find a job where the workers have not elected to have a union. In this Great Country a citizen does no…

Finally, An American Jobs Plan Worth Fighting For

Sisters and Brothers,

The proposed American Jobs Act has the potential to create 4.3 million new jobs over the next couple of years – many of them in the manufacturing and other fields that employ our members.

We’ve created an online toolkit at where you can find fact sheets, talking points, video and other resources to help you find the facts about this proposal.

Obviously, no plan is perfect, and we do not and will not support new free trade agreements with Columbia, South Korea and Panama. We also will examine closely any proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid before taking a stand on those issues.

But we can’t ignore all the good that in this plan.

The Economic Policy Institute is estimating the president’s plan could create 4.3 million new jobs. And the Alliance for American Manufacturing in a study with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst says that for every $1 billion in infrastructure spending, 18,000 new jobs would be created, including jobs in metals,…

The American Jobs Act

President Obama has announced a comprehensive plan to create jobs: the American Jobs Act. The purpose of the plan is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. And it would do so without adding a dime to the deficit.
Here are the five main components of the plan, and details on how some of the programs the President has proposed would affect Indiana:

The President’s plan will cut the payroll tax in half to 3.1% for employers on the first $5 million in wages, providing broad tax relief to all businesses but targeting it to the 98 percent of firms with wages below this level. In Indiana, 110,000 firms will receive a payroll tax cut under the American Jobs Act.

The President’s plan includes $50 billion in immediate investments for highways, transit, rail…

How President Obama's Proposed "American Jobs Act" will help manufacturing

In addition to the proposed  $50 billion investment in infrastructure, the plan could result in thousands of manufacturing jobs – upwards of 1 million, according to some estimates. And since we know every manufacturing job pays on average 10-50 percent more than service sector jobs and supports five more jobs in a community, the ripple effect could be huge. 
The jobs plan is also a good reason to push other parts of our agenda, including the creation and implementation of a coordinated manufacturing policy that would:
•        Establish a national infrastructure bank to leverage capital for large-scale transportation and energy projects. •        Reshape the tax code in a revenue neutral way to provide incentives for job creation and investment. Research and Development tax credits should help firms that not only   innovate in America but also make their products here. •        Lower tax rates for manufacturing activity in America and eliminate tax shelters for hedge funds or financial tr…

Retiree Leader Praises Obama

Retiree Leader Praises Obama Economic Proposal
Would Strengthen Nation, Honor Commitment to Social Security

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

“Retirees laud President Obama for proposing bold ways to revitalize the American economy that are supported by sound fiscal choices and priorities. The President’s stand on increased revenues will address the nation’s debt in a fair and reasonable manner.

“We are particularly pleased that President Obama today reaffirmed his strong commitment to Social Security.  Unlike congressional Republicans and presidential candidates, President Obama recognizes the importance of Social Security and will not try to lower federal spending on the backs of current and future retirees.  Seniors applaud the President for maintaining the current eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security.

“It is particularly important that, as we make key investments in our future, we con…

There's No Question: We Need Jobs

Americans want action on jobs!  A CNN/Opinion Research poll released this week found that 65 percent of Americans would rather President Obama and Congress focus on job creation than deficit reduction.  Meanwhile, the Census Bureau just released a new report covering key indicators of how our nation faired in 2010.  The data is mostly grim – and in all likelihood has not improved for 2011.  All indicators reinforce the fact that good jobs are desperately needed now!

The number of Americans in poverty in 2010 jumped to a record-breaking 46.2 million, including 16.4 million kids.  That number is equivalent to the population of a whopping 24 states plus the District of Colombia.*   Median household income declined by $1,154 from 2009 to 2010.Employment-based health coverage dropped from 56.1 percent in 2009 to 55.3 percent in 2010.  Key parts of the Affordable Care Act that will help address some of these issues do not begin until 2014.Safety-net programs helped prevent further devastatio…

Friday Alert Sept 16 Issue - Alliance for Retired Americans

White House Appears Unlikely to Put Social Security Cuts Back on the Table
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage has said that President Obama’s deficit proposal will not include any changes to Social Security, reiterating the President’s belief that Social Security did not cause the immediate deficit problem. Aides say that the President’s plan to fix the debt will be modeled after a series of proposals he made in April: $4 trillion in budget savings over 12 years, through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, without touching Social Security benefits. However, the President’s proposals are not binding; Obama must submit the new plan to the special bipartisan congressional “Super Committee” that has been tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings by the end of the year. The committee may not only be getting proposals from the President.  At a news conference on Thursday, a group of about 30 Democratic and Republican senators urged the special panel to fin…

Father Cletus Kiley gives a powerful invocation to 500 retirees at Alliance Leg Conference

Our next Leader?

There is a Spring in our Step

What follows is a Prayer by Rev. Clete Kiley offered at the Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference last week in Washington, D.C..

"Next Sunday will mark 10 years since the terrible of events that occurred in New York, in Washington at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pa. We remember union members and first responders who were there for the recovery and for the rebuilding. We remember union members lost that terrible day along with other friends - almost 3,00 that day. WE remember also our Service members who have lost their lives since that day in the ongoing war on terror. Let us pause for a moment of silence to remember. To remember is to hold them in life again.

Let us pray.

“ O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds; And now that I am old and gray, O God, forsake me not till I proclaim your strength to every generation that is to come .”
Ps. 71: 17-19

Lord, the words of the Psalmist capture well our spirit he…

Social Security is not an "entitlement"

The word "entitlement" suggests that Social Security is some sort of undeserved benefit. It's not. It's an earned benefit and hasn't got one thing to do with the stinking deficit.
The Social Security trust fund is worth 2.6 trillion dollars and in ten years it will be worth over 3.7 trillions dollars. It has the full faith and credit of the United States and the Treasury Notes are solid as a rock. It is able to pay full Social Security benefits for the next 25 years and that could be extended indefinitely by simply make those earning over 250 grand per year pay all year like the rest of workers.
To bring down the deficit, stop starting wars, tax the tax cheating corporations, create good paying jobs, make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share and stop allowing China to manipulate their currency.
This so called "super committee" will be meeting behind closed doors very soon and we should be able to view their negotiations and know how each o…

Strengthen Social Security, Don't Cut It

Senator Sanders On Social Security

Alliance for Retired Americans

 Friday Alert, September 2, 2011 edition

As Super Committee Gets Set to Tackle the Nation’s Debt…
According to Politico, Republican members of the deficit-slashing Super Committee are meeting on Capitol Hill to hash out their own strategy ahead of the panel’s first official meetings after Labor Day, preparing for an intense fall push to cut $1.5 trillion from the deficit. The committee also named its staff director on Tuesday, choosing Mark Prater, a 20-year veteran of the Senate Finance Committee. Prater is currently the chief tax counsel for Senate Republicans on the panel. The choice of Prater needed to be approved by the two super committee co-chairs, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The full 12-member Super Committee is required to meet by Sept. 16. A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief examines the potential impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that created the committee; the process it creates for reducing the federal deficit over the next decade; and …