“Nothing but a con game” is how AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka described it.
Now those predictions are coming true, as President Trump has released his new budget plan for the coming year.
The president proposes to cut $2 trillion from safety net programs, which just happens to be the same amount as the cost of the 2017 tax bill.
They keep running the same play because it keeps working.
Since 2001, the wealthiest 1% of all taxpayers have gotten $2 trillion in tax cuts, and federal tax revenues have been reduced by $5.1 trillion. This is money that should have been used to make life better for working people—for example, by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, funding quality public education for every child and guaranteeing retirement security for our seniors—rather than building up the fortunes of the 1%.
For details on today’s labor calendar, and the latest local labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1868, a California state law was enacted providing the 8 hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union, which was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO on this date in 1972.
Cesar Chavez, who said:
"We shall strike. We shall organize boycotts. We shall demonstrate and have political campaigns. We shall pursue the revolution we have proposed. We are sons and daughters of the farm workers' revolution, a revolution of the poor seeking bread and justice."
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