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A new report from researchers from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that not only is rising inequality a drag on economic growth, but that policies designed to lessen inequality through a moderate level of redistribution do not slow growth. While the report is clear in stating it isn't the official opinion or policy of the IMF, researchers Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos G. Tsangarides make a compelling case that austerity policies are bad for economic growth and that it isn't just morally sound to reduce income inequality, it's the economically wise choice, too. While countries have pursued policies focused heavily on deficit reduction and lower government spending, the new report suggests those legislative priorities may be the wrong approach to economic growth, joining a growing chorus of evidence from economic analysts that is pushing for a move away from austerity. Read more >>>
The economy added 175,000 jobs in February—62,000 more than the January job gain but still far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.7%, compared with January’s 6.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of long-term unemployed people (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose by 203,000, increasing the number of long-term jobless workers to 3.8 million. Read more >>>
Last year, Denise Imundo’s husband had surgery on his neck that forced him out of the job market. He went four months without work, and although he was eligible to receive disability payments, they only covered one-third of his salary. And when the holidays approached, finances were getting tight.
But instead of racking up debt, the couple’s Union Plus Credit Card offers special assistance for eligible cardholders. Read more>>>
Meet at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. From this holiday's beginning, March 8th has been about women organizing to demonstrate our essential - but so often denied - roles in the economy. Women are the majority of workers in low-wage industries, and jobs that are part-time or temporary. These jobs tend to lack paid sick days. While making up nearly half of the country's workforce and doing two-thirds of care-giving nationally, about half of women are denied crucial rights at work - rights that would support our dignity, livelihoods and families.
The CCTA Teamster bus drivers have reached a roadblock in their efforts to negotiate a contract that is humane for those behind the wheel and safe for all of us on the road. The issues:
Vermont State Employee Association (VSEA) members have overwhelmingly endorsed an ambitious legislative agenda for the upcoming 2014 session. The agenda—which was developed by rank-and-file members of the union’s Legislative Committee — includes priority, union-wide issues like stopping the abuse of temporary workers, preventing the further costly privatization of state government and protecting the identities of workers who blow the whistle on corruption and fraud.
Please call Saint Michael’s College President John Neuhauser at 802-654-2211. Ask him to commit to a fair contract now for AFSCME Custodians and justice for two wrongly fired union leaders. For info: Listen Here
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Below is a link that will take you to the "We The People" web site where you can sign a petition to save the Postal Service supported by the NALC, APWU and NPMHU. This is in support of Congressman Peter DeFazio's bill (HR 630), known as the "Postal Service Protection Act" (and the companion Senate bill, S-316, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders), which would:
prevent post offices from shutting down
Please ask your friends, family members, neighbors, Facebook "friends", etc. to show their support for the USPS by signing it.
Vermont's leading voices for working families and the environment are united and speak with one voice when it comes to renewable in-state energy production. We, the Vermont AFL-CIO, the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council, the Iron Workers Local 7, 350Vermont, and the Vermont Sierra Club, agree that renewable energy production is necessary if we are to become energy independent, environmentally responsible and carbon neutral.
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