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CWA Local 1180. We Make New York Work for All New Yorkers. Working Families Under Assault for 30 Years. For the last 30 years, Big Business has worked this agenda with every resource it has:

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cwa local 1180
CWA Local 1180

We Make New York

Work for All New Yorkers

working families under assault for 30 years
Working Families Under Assault for 30 Years

For the last 30 years, Big Business has worked this agenda with every resource it has:

Deregulation: trucking, airlines, telecom, financial services, health care, the environment, labor protections

Global race to the bottom through NAFTA, GATT, Fast Track, FTAA . . .

Privatize social benefits and social services

Abolish negotiated benefits like pensions and health care that are critical to the standard of living of working people

Cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy

Break the power of unions

Goldwater, Reagan, Bush Sr., Gingrich, Bush Jr., DeLay…

2

the corporate assault on workers
The Corporate Assault On Workers

Goal:

Maximize corporate

profits and CEO pay

Strategy:

Destroy unions

Reduce workers’ wages and benefits

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slide5

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/03/147994/unions-income-inequality/http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/03/147994/unions-income-inequality/

slide6

Workers Have Not Benefited

From Productivity Gains

Productivity

Real Wages

Source: Les Leopold “The Looting of America”

as unions decline benefits decline

Nonunion

Union

92%

15 days

73%

11.75 days

68%

16%

Health Insurance

Vacations

Guaranteed Pension

Source: U.S. Department of Labor; BLS; EPI; Employee Benefit Research Institute.

As Unions Decline, Benefits Decline
slide8

Year Before

the Stock

Market Crash

Year Before

the Stock

Market Crash

Growth of the

Middle Class

Reagan Cuts Top Tax Rate

from 70% to 28%

Fires Striking Workers

Permits Media Monopolies

Top Tax Rate Over 90%

Unions are Growing

G.I. Bill Promotes

Education & Housing

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"We can have concentrated wealth

in the hands of a few

or we can have democracy.

But we cannot have both."

— Justice Louis D. Brandeis

in nyc the rich get nearly 1 2 of all the income but only pay 1 3 of the taxes
In NYC the rich get nearly 1/2 of all the income but only pay 1/3 of the taxes.

-11.1%

+ 1.6%

+ 5.1%

+ 2.8%

+ 1.2%

+ 0.1%

+ 0.2%

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the social security tax cap burdens workers
7.65% $50,000

0.82% $1,000,000

0.16% $5,000,000

The Social Security Tax Cap Burdens Workers

Effective FICA

Tax Rate

Yearly Wages

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Source: The league table of child poverty in rich nations, (Florence, Italy: UNICEF Research Center, 2000)

How government tax and benefit policies reduce child poverty

2.4%

29%

and they are out to destroy unions
And they are out to destroy unions

National Union Density, 1984= 19% of workforce

0% to 9%

10% to 20%

21% to 30%

31% +

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

AFL-CIO

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and it s working
…and it’s working

National Union Density, 2004 = 13% of workforce

It’s already down to 12.1% in 2007

0% to 9%

10% to 20%

21% to 30%

31% +

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

AFL-CIO

20

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Democratic Election

NLRB Election

All parties have equal access to voter list and voters.

No. Employer has full access; union has limited access to list and voters.

Yes.

Voters cannot be intimidated or threatened.

No. Employer harasses and even fires supporters.

Yes.

Voters can be forced to listen to one side only.

Yes. Employer holds voters captive to message.

No.

One side can delay election and outcome.

Yes. Employer can delay both almost indefinitely.

No.

Election is conducted at campaign headquarters.

Yes. Election occurs on company property.

No.

Part Four: Why Workers Can’t Get UnionsNLRB Elections Are Inherently Unfair and Insult Our Democratic Traditions
freedom to form a union is a legal and human right in theory
Freedom to Form a Union Is a Legal and Human Right . . . In Theory

“Employees shall have theright to…form…labor organizations [and] to bargain collectively….” National Labor Relations Act, 1935

“Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions...” Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

“We support the right of . . . employees . . . to organize for collective bargaining into unions.” Social Principles of United Methodist Church

freedom to form unions is well recognized by our leaders
Freedom to Form Unions Is Well Recognized by Our Leaders

‘The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor…do a disservice to the cause of democracy.’

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

according to human rights watch
According To Human Rights Watch

“Our findings are disturbing, to say the least. Loophole-ridden laws, paralyzing delays, and feeble enforcement have led to a culture of impunity in many areas of U.S. labor law and practice. Legal obstacles tilt the playing field so steeply against workers’ freedom of association that the United States is in violation of international human rights standards…”

Human Rights Watch Director Kenneth Roth

american workers are losing the freedom to form unions and bargain collectively
32 Million Workers Are Not Covered by Law

Independent contractors

Supervisors

Farm workers

Domestic workers

Public employees in 23 states

American Workers Are Losing the Freedom to Form Unions and Bargain Collectively
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FIGHTING THE MYTHS ABOUT PUBLIC WORKERS AND GOVERNMENT

Myth #1: Government Workers Have It Too Good

Myth #2: Government Is Too Big

Myth #3: Public Sector Unions Are Too Powerful

Myth #4: Public Pensions Are Too Generous

Myth #5: Government Is Too Focused on the Poor

Myth #6: Government Imposes Too Many Regulations

Myth #7: Liberal Tax and Spend Policies Have Created

Deficits and Debts That Are Too Big

slide27

FIGHTING THE MYTHS

Available at WWW.CWA1180.org Free PDF download

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WALL STREET

THE REAL CAUSE OF THE CRISIS

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WE MUST ENGAGE IN THE STRUGGLE

If We Want Progress

WE MUST ORGANIZE

Members, Coworkers, Families And Neighbors

WE MUST EDUCATE

Ourselves And The Public

WE MUST AGITATE

For Social And Economic Justice

WE MUST DEMAND

Government By And For We The People

your comments and questions are important you can contact me at
Arthur Cheliotes, President

Local 1180

Communications Workers of America

6 Harrison Street

New York, NY 10013

TEL. 212 226 6565 FAX. 212 966 6831

acheliotes@cwa1180.org

LOCAL 1180 WEBSITE: WWW.CWA1180.ORG

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