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   from the AFL-CIO Issues and Politics pages:

2004      

Help Stop Bush's Overtime Pay Take-Away
Act for Corporate Reform Before June 30
Take action on workers' freedom to form unions
Bush Team Moves Against Right to a Union
Sign Up for the June Mobilization for Working Families
Stop President Bush's overtime pay take-away
 
Nov. 3, 2004

Although working families� presidential candidate did not win, we made our voices heard.

The 55 million Americans who voted for good jobs, health care, retirement security, workers� freedom to form unions and real homeland security cannot be ignored.

Most important, as we worked so hard together over the past months�phone banking, knocking on doors, educating voters and more�we formed a mighty force for change.

Our battle continues, and we will go on to build a stronger America for our working families.

Our job will be harder than it would have been if we had John Kerry and John Edwards in the White House. But as long as we don�t give up or give in, we will get that job done.

In the coming weeks, we will outline plans for union members and other working family activists to continue our fight under what we know will be tough conditions. We�ll make sure you know how to be part of a large, strong and growing movement for change.

Thank you for all the hard work you have done to make the voices of working families heard in this presidential election and for all the work ahead.

In solidarity,

Working Families Network
Nov. 3, 2004

 

Thursday, July 08, 2004
Subject: Help Stop Bush's Overtime Pay Take-Away

The U.S. House and Senate are meeting during July for the last
three-week session before the Bush overtime pay take-away goes
into effect Aug. 23. Action is urgently needed right now even if
you've acted before.

After more than a year of lobbying with letters, faxes, e-mails
and phone calls it comes down to this: will we be able to put
enough pressure on senators and members of Congress to make them
block the overtime pay take-away? The answer is up to us. If we
act together we could make a difference.

Please take one minute right now to send a free fax to your
member of Congress and senators by clicking on the link below.
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Tell them to act to block Bush's overtime pay take-away.
Potentially millions of America's workers--earning as little as
$23,600 a year--will lose much-needed income they use to take
care of such everyday needs as health care, housing costs and
even food.

The final regulation that would take away overtime pay from
millions of America's workers was issued by the Bush
administration in April. Effective Aug. 23, employers may begin
to reclassify their employees as exempt--denying them the right
to overtime pay. That is why action right now is so important.
Click below now or keep reading for more information.
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Even if you have acted before, we need your help right now.
After you send your fax to your senators and members of
Congress, please forward this e-mail to your friends, family and
co-workers or click below to spread the word.
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Here is a timeline of the upcoming fight to save overtime pay.

July 6-23: The U.S. House and Senate will meet to deliberate on
several issues. During these deliberations there will be votes
on the Bush overtime pay take-away. Please stay alert for the
exact dates.

Mid-July: The Economic Policy Institute will release final
analysis of new overtime pay regulations--predicting how many
workers will lose their right to overtime pay effective Aug. 23.

July 23: U.S. House and Senate recess until September.

Aug. 23: Bush overtime pay take-away goes into effect. Employers
may begin reclassifying employees as exempt.

Please fax your senators and representatives today by clicking
below.
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Don't forget: please forward this alert to your friends, family
and co-workers.

Thanks for all you do.

In Solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
July 8, 2004

P.S. For more information on the Bush overtime pay take-away
click on the link below.
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From: Working Families e-Activist Network
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004
Subject: Act for Corporate Reform Before June 30

After the Enron collapse, Ken Lay, ex-CEO of the pillaged energy
giant, explained to Congress the biggest accounting loophole
used by companies today: not expensing stock options. While
regulators have proposed to fix this problem, rich Silicon
Valley executives are fighting to keep their stock options off
the books.

Under current rules, companies don't have to deduct the cost of
stock options from reported profits. That's bad news for the
retirement savings of America's working families who depend on
companies having honest accounting. Please click below to take
action to end this practice or keep reading for more
information.
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/expenseoptions

How much do these execs take home in stock options? Check out
this list of CEO stock options at some major corporations.

 
Agilent Technologies
 Edward W. Barnholt
 $6,256,709
 
Autodesk Inc.
 Carol A. Bartz
 $13,911,205
 
Cisco Systems
 John T. Chambers
 $214,088,550
 
Dell Computer
 Michael S. Dell
 $94,589,992
 
Genentech Inc.
 Arthur D. Levinson
 $156,160,901
 
Intel Corp.
 Craig Barrett
 $78,552,300
 
Qualcomm Inc.
 Irwin Mark Jacobs
 $199,344,974
 
Sun Microsystems
 Scott G. McNealy
 $30,983,520
 
Valero Energy
 William E. Greehey
 $68,166,865
 
Xilinx Inc
 Willem P. Roelandts
 $54,732,771
 

These stock option numbers are outrageous. Failure to expense
stock options has widened the pay gap between CEOs and workers.
Last year, the average CEO made 301 times the average worker's
pay, up from 42 times in 1980. Executives disproportionately
benefit from stock options and this cost has been kept off the
books. Worse, the failure to expense stock options has
artificially boosted profit reports-making some under performing
CEOs and companies look robust.

Click to act: http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/expenseoptions

Stock options make up the biggest part of a typical CEO's
paycheck, and this cost has been hidden for too long. The
problem with not expensing stock options is that companies have
treated them like free money when it comes time to pay the CEO.
Help fix this problem by urging the regulators to make stock
option expensing mandatory. No more Enrons!

Thanks for all you do.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
June 25, 2004

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Visit the web address below to tell your friends, family and
co-workers about this.

http://www.unionvoice.org/join-forward.html?domain=wfean&r=1d1oazn1GpJU

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for
Working Families e-Activist Network at:

http://www.unionvoice.org/wfean/join.html?r=1d1oazn1GpJUE
 

Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 12:34 PM
Subject: "I don't cross picket lines. I never have."

"I don't cross picket lines. I never have." With these eight
words, this past weekend Sen. John Kerry illustrated the stark
difference between himself and George W. Bush on workers'
rights, including workers' freedom to form and join unions.

Sen. Kerry cancelled a speech at a major meeting of U.S. mayors
rather than cross a picket line of firefighters and police who
have been working in Boston without a contract--some as long as
two years.

Unlike President Bush, Sen. Kerry strongly supports workers'
freedom to form unions. Take action on these differences at the
link below or keep reading.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/S11oazn1X7ZS/

Where do the presidential candidates stand? Sen. Kerry is a
co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act--the most important
piece of workers' rights legislation in decades--which would
help stop the employer harassment and intimidation workers face
when forming a union. President Bush hasn't taken a public stand
on the legislation--but his administration is actively working
to undermine workers' unions and stack the National Labor
Relations Board with anti-worker appointees who have indicated
their intention to roll back workers' rights.

Please take one minute right now to thank Sen. Kerry for his
support of workers' rights--and urge President Bush to change
his mind about workers' freedom to choose a union by clicking on
the link below.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/S11oazn1X7ZS/

Find out more about where Sen. Kerry and President Bush stand by
downloading this leaflet comparing their positions on workers'
freedom to choose a union (file, 400KB).
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/Sd1oazn1X7ZL/

Please share this leaflet and this e-mail with your friends,
family and co-workers.

You won't be acting alone. This week, during the Voice@Work
National Workplace Week of Action June 28-July 4, thousands of
people will reclaim Independence Day and demand that we restore
workers' freedom to form unions and bargain collectively in
America.

Today, workers have lost this right in America's workplaces. In
fact, workers who attempt to form unions in the private sector
are illegally fired in 25 percent of union election campaigns.
The Employee Free Choice Act would remove many of the obstacles
workers currently face.

Please stand in solidarity on this important issue and take
action right now at the link below.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/S11oazn1X7ZS/

Everyone suffers when workers lose the freedom to form unions.
The Employee Free Choice Act would allow workers to form a union
through a majority verification process, allow employees to seek
mediation and arbitration in securing a first contract and
increase penalties against employers that violate the law.

Thanks for all you do.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
June 29, 2004

P.S. Don't forget to download a leaflet showing the differences
between Sen. Kerry and President Bush on workers' freedom to
choose a union by clicking on the link below (file, 400 KB).
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/Sd1oazn1X7ZL/

From: Working Families e-Activist Network
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 4:50 PM

Bush Team Moves Against Right to a Union

Dear Working Families e-Activist:

Last week Bush administration appointees at the National Labor
Relations Board took some alarming steps toward undermining
voluntary union recognition--an important way workers form and
join unions.

This action is a clear sign the Bush administration plans to
continue eroding workers' freedom to form unions. This is a
tragic step backward--but one we can fight together.

This month, thousands of volunteers are going door to door in
battleground states, talking with union voters about America's
priorities, George W. Bush's failed record and John Kerry's plan
to create good jobs and make health care affordable for all.
Please take one minute right now to volunteer in your community
by clicking on the link below.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/1p1oazn1NpZW/

Compare where President Bush and Sen. Kerry stand on workers'
freedom to choose a union. Bush repeatedly has taken away
federal workers' union rights. Sen. Kerry strongly supports
workers' right to form and join unions and is fighting for
needed labor law reform. This is another reason we must work
together and volunteer.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/1p1oazn1NpZW/

All of the hard work going on during this June's mobilization
leads up to a Voice@Work National Workplace Week of Action June
28 through July 4. Thousands of workers and their allies will
take action to support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Look
for more on the week of action and the EFCA soon. Right now you
can download a leaflet showing the differences between Bush and
Kerry on the freedom to choose a union by clicking on the link
below (file, 400 KB).
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/171oazn1NpZO/

We'll update you on what can be done to stop the Bush
administration's move against workers' freedom to form unions
after expert analysis has been completed.

Thanks for all you do.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
June 16, 2004
 
From: Working Families e-Activist Network
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 4:41 PM

Sign Up for the June Mobilization for Working Families

Dear Working Families e-Activist:

Today, you can make a big difference.

There are only 159 days until the November election and your
action is urgently needed. President Bush has spent more than
$120 million of his campaign war chest trying to mislead
America about his record and attack the credentials of Sen. John
Kerry, a war hero and a leader for working families' priorities.

We're going to beat Bush's money by hitting the streets and
telling the truth. Sign up for our June mobilization by clicking
on the link below or keep reading.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/I71oazn1Z1Fx/

This June, the union movement is inviting people to go door to
door in key battleground states where the election will be
closest--talking to union voters about America's priorities,
President Bush's failed record and John Kerry's plans to create
good jobs and make health care affordable for all.

Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed in the 16
battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Please take one minute right now to sign up for this important
work by clicking on the link below. A volunteer coordinator will
contact you personally with more details about volunteer options
in your community.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/I71oazn1Z1Fx/

The BEST way to protect overtime pay, win good jobs and
guarantee affordable health care for all is to replace George W.
Bush and elect Sen. John Kerry. Without a change in the White
House, we won't get the leadership we need for America's
priorities.

Here is what we urge you to do:

1. Please sign up to volunteer by clicking on the link below.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/I71oazn1Z1Fx/

2. After you sign up, help us build the movement that will stop
Bush's agenda: E-mail your friends, family and co-workers. Ask
them to volunteer with you.

3. Download a printable sign-up sheet and ask other people to
volunteer with you during June. Click here to download the
sign-up sheet.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/Id1oazn1Z1Fs/

4. Finally, and most important, please show up for the volunteer
event you have signed up for in your community.

Volunteer events will be scheduled for different weekends in
June. A local volunteer coordinator will contact you personally
with more information, including the dates and times of
volunteer opportunities.

We know that taking a few hours out of your busy week to
volunteer can be hard. Family and work responsibilities are very
demanding. But the outcome of this election will determine the
quality of life that you and your family enjoy. Volunteering now
is the best way to protect overtime pay and fight for good jobs,
quality health care, great schools and everything else we care
about. The future of America depends on it--we need leadership
for America's priorities.

Please click below to volunteer now.
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/I71oazn1Z1Fx/

Thanks for all you do.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
May 26, 2004
 
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 3:24 PM
Subject: Efforts to Protect Overtime Pay Under Attack

Dear Working Families e-Activist:

Last week we reported to you that the Bush overtime pay take-away is likely to be finalized by President Bush and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao before the end of March. An announcement could come as soon as this Friday.

Now, President Bush's top political allies are attacking efforts to protect overtime pay. They're pressuring television stations not to run TV ads paid for by the MoveOn.org Voter Fund that are critical of Bush's overtime pay take-away. They don't want you to hear what's about to happen to the paychecks of millions of America's workers.

It's more important than ever that you reach out to your friends, family and co-workers to let them know about the Bush overtime pay take-away. Please ask them to sign the Petition to Save Overtime Pay at the link below. #

Overtime pay is critical to the well-being of millions of working families--and the Bush administration's paycheck heist must be exposed. You have done a great job of keeping this issue alive. Senators and  representatives in Congress have voted right on this issue under pressure from you. Now, the goal is to get the word out to people who haven't signed the petition or haven't heard about what is going on. That is how we'll win.

Please send an e-mail to your friends, family and co-workers.
Ask them to sign the Petition to Save Overtime Pay at the link below.
#

We also suggest you send a short note to other e-mail lists you are on. For example, there may be an e-mail list in your community that allows you to post messages. Think about e-mail lists you are on through a sports team, a hobby club--any way you have access to groups of people who need the opportunity to protect workers' paychecks. These lists are opportunities for you to spread the word. Please forward a note with a link to the petition website.    #

You can also download a printable petition form to circulate in
your workplace, neighborhood or community. Please get as many
signatures as you can.   #

The petition has been a huge success. Since last week's update,
more than 50,000 new people have signed the Petition to Save
Overtime Pay. That only happened because of the outreach you did
to protect good jobs and good paychecks. Let's keep it going!

Thanks for all you do. Look for another update soon.

In Solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
March 9, 2004

P.S. Here is a news story about the Republican National
Committee's attack on MoveOn's overtime pay TV ads.
#

You can check out the full MoveOn Voter Fund TV ad at the link
below (RealPlayer required).
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/zd1oazn1c7ox/

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Click on the link below for more information
from your union, online activism and benefits.
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2002
Tell President Bush and Congress: Jobs,
not tax cuts for the rich!

 

 

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