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Wednesday, May 27th workers across Georgia will show up and speak out in a unified voice against behind closed doors, corporate driven trade deals and "fast track" authority on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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STOP FAST TRACK - ROME • 9:15 AM Congressman Tom Graves District Office • 600 East First Street Suite 301, Rome, GA 30161

STOP FAST TRACK - AUGUSTA • 11:30 AM Congressman Rick Allen District Office • 2743 Perimeter Parkway Bldg. 200, Suite 225, Augusta, GA 30909


STOP FAST TRACK - SAVANNAH • 11:30 AM Congressman Buddy Carter District Office • 6602 Abercorn Street, Suite 105B, Savannah, GA 31405


STOP FAST TRACK - MACON • 11:30 AM Congressman Austin Scott District Office • 230 Margie Dr. Suite 500, Warner Robbins, GA 31088


STOP FAST TRACK - ATLANTA • 11:00 AM Senator Johnny Isakson District Office • One Overton Park 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 970, Atlanta, GA 30339

Workers across Georgia are standing up for higher wages but Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services. Georgia can’t afford another bad deal that lowers wages and outsources jobs. That’s why Congress must reject Fast Track and maintain its constitutional authority and leverage to improve the TPP and other trade deals. 

 

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The twenty-sixth annual Georgia Labor Management Conference will be held on June 17, 18 & 19, 2015 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia.. This year's program will feature plenary sessions on Retirement Planning, Healthcare, Rebuilding America's Energy Resources and Infrastructure, Training and Job Placement, Collective Bargaining and Off the Job Issues.

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Worker Misclassification affects tens of thousands of workers around Georgia, every day. Whether they are truck drivers at the Port of Savannah, Stagehands at the Rock & Roll venues in Atlanta, or Construction workers across our State - this practice is widespread, and must end.

What is worker misclassification? Simply put - it occurs when a worker is paid as an independent contractor (1099), but is treated like an employee (told when to show up, what to do, what to wear, etc).

The result is hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages and state tax revenues every year. Workers don't receive the same protection, workers compensation or unemployment insurance.

The vast majority of business owners are doing the right thing and following state law. However it is nearly impossible to discover the unscrupulous businesses, because there is currently no mechanism to report this practice.

We need you to contact your State Representative ask them to support House Bill 500 to further define in statute, worker misclassification. And to make sure there are adequate whistle-blower protections for the workers who would report this practice.

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While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>

Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>


Stephen Harmsen was busy with a customer at his auto repair shop on a hot July day in Hapeville, Ga., when two guys came in and asked him if he’d put up a sign in his window. After he took a look at the sign’s message, America Wants to Work: Good Jobs Now, it was a no brainer. The two guys—Jimmy Hyde, who heads up the UAW’s Global Organizing Institute in Atlanta, and institute intern Ron Allen—talked with Harmsen and other business owners up and down Hapeville’s main artery as part of the union movement’s nationwide Bring Jobs Home campaign. Read more >>>

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