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AFT Connecticut members get active for Election 2012

AFT Connecticut members have been making phone calls, writing postcards and knocking on doors in the final push to get out the vote for Election Day 2012.

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Getting out the vote

Across Connecticut, labor unions were out in force this past weekend calling and door knocking on union households to get out the vote for Election Day.

Why is Michelle Rhee trying to buy elections?

Michelle Rhee has been raising hundreds of millions of dollars from right wing billionaires, foundations and corporations to buy elections across America. Find out why.

Mitt, meet the 47%

Just who was Mitt Romney referring to in his secretly recorded comments at a Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser as people who don’t “take personal responsibility and care for themselves”?

Connecticut's new Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer
Connecticut's new Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer

Governor Malloy appoints Sharon Palmer to lead Connecticut's Labor Department

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today appointed AFT Connecticut President Sharon Palmer to lead Connecticut’s Department of Labor.

“For more than two decades, Sharon has been a tireless advocate for working people from all walks of life in the state of Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy. “Sharon has spent many, many years fighting for something I believe in deeply: the right to organize and collectively bargain for good wages and good benefits. I’m thrilled she’s accepted this appointment, and look forward to serving the people of Connecticut with her on our team.”

What a difference a vote makes

Just one vote. That was all it took to make the difference in the primary on August 14.

House Republicans Vote to Keep Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%

In a reverse of last week’s Senate action, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved (256-171) a bill (H.R. 8) to extend the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest 2%— about $160,000 a year for the average millionaire. The House defeated (257-170) a Democratic alternative amendment to maintain the cuts for the middle class but end the tax breaks for the rich.

Republican theft of pension funds led to current crisis

Pensions work better than a 401(k) when they are funded properly. But what happens when a state or city underfunds their pension system?

Romney’s Tax Plan Is a Giveaway for the Wealthy at the Expense of the Middle Class

Romney’s Tax Plan Is a Giveaway for the Wealthy at the Expense of the Middle ClassWashington Post’s Ezra Klein pointed out yesterday that the difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama’s tax plans is pretty stark.

Klein writes: Romney’s plan is a large tax cut for the top 60 percent, a huge tax cut for the top few percent, and a significant tax increase for the bottom few percent, as he permits a few temporary tax breaks that benefit low-income folks to expire. Obama’s plan keeps the current tax rates for almost everyone but the top few percent, who face a very large tax increase.

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

By upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the American people to make quality, affordable health care a reality.

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