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Busted: Trump International Hotel Gets Smacked Down By NLRB For Union-Busting

Last night, news broke that the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Donald Trump, and Trump International Hotel, has been violating law by refusing to accept the results of the Culinary Union Local 226 (UNITE HERE) certification election and then refusing to negotiate with the union.

The NLRB decision ordered the immediate “cease and desist” from “interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees” in an attempt to break the union.

The NLRB also mandated that Trump International recognize the union and open bargaining immediately.

“The National Labor Relations Board has consistently told Donald Trump and his company that the union election wasn’t rigged and that he must sit down and negotiate with the Culinary Union,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “Mr. Trump is breaking federal law and Trump Hotel Las Vegas is operating illegally. Mr. Trump should accept the federal government’s order to negotiate and treat his workers with respect.”

“The decision by the NLRB marks a major victory for the more than 500 workers at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, whose right to organize and collectively bargain has been trampled by Donald Trump,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. “The decision underlines what we already know: Donald Trump lacks respect for the hardworking men and women who have made his hotel successful. For months he has violated federal laws by refusing to recognize and negotiate with Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents the hotel workers.”

“Donald Trump is a hypocrite, whose true feelings towards working people are clear. The workers at Trump Hotel Las Vegas deserve a say in determining their wages, benefits and working conditions. Donald Trump must come to the table and negotiate with them. The labor movement will continue to stand by these hotel workers, and all working men and women, as we fight back against attacks on our rights,” Trumka added.

Donald Trump likes to brag about his skills as a negotiator—but yesterday, he had to be ordered by the National Labor Relations Board to stop breaking the law, respect his workers’ fundamental rights to organize and bargain collectively, and come to the table,” said Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for President. “It’s appalling, but it’s not surprising. This is a man who personally signed a contract with a union-busting firm to try to stop UNITE HERE and the Culinary Workers’ Union from organizing in the first place, and engaged in a months-long intimidation campaign to bully his workers against voting to form a union.”

I was proud to visit workers on the picket line at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, and even prouder when they overcame Donald Trump’s intimidation campaign and were officially certified as a union earlier this year. I believe that when unions are strong, families are strong—and when families are strong, America is strong. And I will always stand with workers in protecting their rights to organize, bargain collectively, be safe on the job and retire with dignity, and if I am elected President, workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House,” added Clinton. 

Throughout this entire election, workers and unions, have been speaking out against Donald Trump and his anti-worker policies. (You can see a few examples from our coverage of the Democratic National Convention.)  Working people spoke out against Trump’s support of so-called Right to Work laws, refusing to pay workers and contractors, and his refusal to negotiate with the unions inside his own companies.

Donald Trump claims to have the support on “many, many union members” and even went on to say, “I have tremendous support within unions…every poll shows it.” When in fact, polling data shows that only 36% of union members support Trump.

In September, the NH Labor News posted an article highlighting Trump’s financial support of the union-busting Governor Scott Walker.  “Because of the leaked documents, we now know that Donald Trump was one of the donors who helped Scott Walker stay in office,” wrote Liz Iacobucci.

This most recent decision by the NLRB confirms that Donald Trump does not care about workers. He does not care about workers rights to organize and collectively bargain.  He does not even care about what the law requires.

Donald Trump is only out for himself. He is the epitome of corporate greed and highlights exactly what is wrong with our country right now.

Hopefully the rest of America will see Trump for the lying fraud that he truly is and will vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. Then I will look forward to Wednesday when Trump will disappear and be relegated to the history books.


Personal Note:

We applaud the Culinary Union on this tremendous victory over Donald Trump and the Trump International Hotel.  The Culinary Union and UNITE HERE symbolize exactly why we must stand together to fight back against corporate greed and how unions fight for every worker.  We, as union members, should rejoice in this decision and be ready to join our fellow union members on the streets when greedy executives like Donald Trump attack working people.  

Comey Has Kentucky Dems Doubly Determined To Vote For Clinton

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Some in the media think—and the Donald Trump campaign hopes–that the latest email controversy might depress Hillary Clinton’s vote next Tuesday.

Piling on, reactionary radio commentator Hugh Hewitt bloviated on MSNBC that Democratic enthusiasm for Clinton is “hemorrhaging” and that even “hard core Democrats are shaking their heads.”

Supposedly, the poor Clintonites are so shattered, dispirited and ashamed that they’ll stay home next Tuesday.

Baloney. FBI Director James Comey’s “October surprise” is more likely to boost Democratic turnout.

Waving a red flag in front of a bull? Too trite.

Comey’s revelation is like sporting orange at a Big Apple St. Patrick’s Day parade, singing “Rocky Top” at Rupp Arena, or trash talking Springsteen in Jersey. (For non-Kentuckians, Rupp Arena is the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team’s home court.)   

Fellow Democrats I know are anything but bummed. They’re ballistic and plan to prove it in seven days. I’m with them all the way to the voting booth.

Bernie Sanders was my first choice for president, but I’m Ready for Hillary. I was already in a climb-every-mountain, ford-every-stream mode about voting for her.

Comey has made me willing to crawl through broken glass, too.

I don’t know what motivated Comey, a Republican. If he aimed to boost Trump, I’d bet the farm he blew it.

A lot of Democrats believe he deliberately put his thumb on the scales. They say their suspicions are confirmed with news that Comey failed to mention a reported preliminary FBI probe into Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, and his foreign business dealings, notably with Russia. Supposedly, Comey feared bringing it up might influence the election.

Comey also allegedly refused to add the FBI’s name to U.S. intelligence agency reports that Russia was involved with the WikiLeaks email hacking. He allegedly said—you guessed it—it was too close to the election.

Ya think?  

Comey’s apparent double standard has my Kentucky Democratic buddies doubly determined to put Clinton in the White House. (Me, too.) I emailed some of them—-a lawyer, union members, college students, teachers, health care professionals and others. They replied:   

“I vote my conviction. I vote working families. HRC and the rest of the Democratic candidates.”

“I’ve already voted for Clinton, and I’m proud of my vote. Comey’s behavior is so bizarre that it becomes suspicious for breaking every FBI and DOJ rule with this premature announcement before the facts are gathered.” (This came from a lawyer.)

“I’m excited that the most qualified person ever is our nominee for president! She’s been vilified for years and has come through with her head held high. She’s fought for the weak and underprivileged and is an example to all young women—when you’re in the right, keep fighting, even when it seems the world is against you!!”

“Really, Kellyanne Conway, you think I am too discouraged to vote?  I have voted in every election since I was 18 and voted for Jimmy Carter by absentee from my dorm room in Lexington.  You think anything which includes the words ‘Anthony Weiner’ is going to tempt me into letting a racist a**hole represent me on the world stage?  Kellyanne, you underestimate my resolve.” 

“I can tell you how I feel. I will vote for HRC no matter what.”

“This is an easy call. HRC all the way. I will always take pretty standard cronyism over looming fascism. Every time.”

“We have no choice!  For the future of our democracy, we must defeat Donald Trump and elect HRC.”

Sanders To Close 2016 Campaign With Coast-to-Coast Swing

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday will kick off a coast-to-coast campaign swing that will take him to 12 states in the closing days of the 2016 presidential election contest.

“I am working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president and that Democrats gain control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate,” Sanders said. “The day after the election, I intend to do everything I can to see that the new president and Congress implement the Democratic platform, the most progressive party agenda of any major political party in the history of the United States,” he added.

Sanders will make stops in 12 states from Maine to California to discuss the Democratic agenda which includes overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, pay equity for women, expanding Social Security, a new approach toward trade, breaking up “too-big-to-fail banks,” making public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, aggressively combating climate change, raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, lowering prescription drug prices, a movement toward universal health care and major reforms in our criminal justice and immigration systems.

On Tuesday in New Hampshire, Sanders will campaign for Clinton and Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. The first of two get-out-the-vote rallies is at Plymouth State University. The event will be in the Courtroom in the Hartman Union, Building 117 High St. in Plymouth. The second stop is at 2:30 p.m. at Dartmouth College’s Alumni Hall, 4 E. Wheelock St., Hanover.

Capping the day will be a third rally in Portland, Maine, where Sanders will speak at a 6:30 p.m. gathering in the gym at Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave, Portland.

On Wednesday, Sanders goes to Michigan and Wisconsin.

In Michigan, he’ll headline a noon rally at in the Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University, 2200 Auditorium Drive, Kalamazoo, Mich. Then he speaks at a 3:15 p.m. rally at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 700 Cottageview Drive, Suite 200, Traverse City.

In Wisconsin, Sanders will campaign for Clinton and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold at a 5:30 p.m. rally at Turner Hall, 1034 N 4th St., Milwaukee.

Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, Sanders also plans campaign stops in Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California.

NH Educator Praises Clinton’s New ‘Better Than Bullying’ Plan

Educators stand with Hillary in declaring that we must be “Better than Bullying” 

Eskelsen García: “Clinton understands that kindness, collaboration and cooperation are important in school and in life” 

WASHINGTON— NEA President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following response today to Hillary Clinton’s release of Better than Bullying, a plan to provide $500 million in new funding to states to help children, families and educators confront the challenge of bullying and heal divisions in communities around the nation:

“Like our educators, Hillary Clinton understands that kindness, collaboration and cooperation are important in school and in life,” said Eskelsen García. “The rise in vitriolic speech in classrooms and the anxiety created by Donald Trump illustrate that students need this support now more than ever. Educators are proud to have a partner in policies that help our children and look forward to working with Secretary Clinton to implement these proposals as president.” 

The Better than Bullying plan was released this morning in a telebriefing featuring educator and NEA-New Hampshire member Anne McQuade along with campaign representatives and experts. McQuade is teaches English language learners in Manchester, a federally mandated refugee relocation center. Her students frequently describe their fear of a Trump presidency, and she reassures them by saying that they are safe here in America and that the United States will protect them and their families. 

“A student from Mexico stood in front of my desk with watery eyes and asked, ‘Miss, is it true if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, my family will be kicked out of America?’ and ‘Do you think they will take my Dad away? He brings food home and I don’t know what we will do without him,'” McQuade said. “Students should not be thinking about being deported or discriminated against. They should be thinking about their math homework and essays.” 

A recent report by the nonpartisan Southern Poverty Law Center indicated Trump’s divisive, hate-filled campaign has directly impacted America’s classrooms. More than two-thirds of educators said students–mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed concern about what may happen to their families after the election, and more than half of educators have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse. From mocking  the disabled, to demeaning women for their appearance, to calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals,” Donald Trump has made no apologies to the growing list of people that he has attempted to bully since the launch of his hate-filled campaign. Earlier this month, the NEA unveiled a digital and direct mail campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on America’s schoolchildren.  

Clinton’s Better Than Bullying initiative would provide $500 million in new funding to states that develop comprehensive anti-bullying plans, empowering communities to improve school climates and support our kids. States will have flexibility in tailoring anti-bullying plans to their local communities, in keeping with national priorities outlined by the campaign. Those priorities and examples of policy interventions and investments states can pursue can be found here.  

Previously in the campaign, Clinton has outlined a number of initiatives that complement the Better Than Bullying initiative and its goals, including her commitment to end the school-to-prison pipeline, fight for full equality for LGBT people, and support Americans living with mental health problems and illnesses.

Of the NEA’s nearly 3 million members, 76 percent are women. The majority of NEA members are college educated and reside in suburbs and exurbs. NEA members live in every state and congressional district. The college educated women demographic is perhaps the most critical set in this election, and tens of thousands of NEA educators across the country are working hard on behalf of Secretary Clinton to ensure she is our next president. 

(Featured image: Hillary Clinton speaking on July 29, 2016 – Harrisburg, PA. Photo by Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.)

[Leo W Gerard] Donald Trump: Valueless

Warren Buffett threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump again last week. It happened after Trump lied about Buffett’s federal income tax payments on national TV.

During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump said Buffett “took a massive deduction,” suggesting it was the kind that the Republican nominee used for years to dodge income taxes.

The next morning, Buffett reported to the world that he paid federal taxes every year since 1944 when he was 13. He owed $7 then. Last year, he paid $1.8 million, about 16 percent of his $11.6 million income. He gave $2.858 billion to charity that year. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

By contrast, Trump’s “charitable” foundation is under investigation for self-dealing, and he is the first presidential candidate in 40 years to refuse to disclose any federal income tax information.

In August, Buffett, who is six times richer than Trump, challenged the Republican nominee to a tax throw down. The point of honor in that duel would be revealing their returns. Buffet pointed out that both men are under audit, so that would be no excuse to chicken out. Still, Trump begged off.

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Image By DonkeyHotey on FLIKR

It’s not enough for a presidential candidate to boast before adoring crowds. It’s crucial that candidates both embody and demonstrate American values. Those standards don’t include lying or shirking taxes or bragging about sexual assault or creating a charity to pay a candidate’s own bills. Buffett demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.

Trump claims he’s going to be the law-and-order president. But in the second presidential debate, he admitted he used a nearly $1 billion business loss to avoid paying federal income taxes for years.

That means he didn’t contribute to uniforms or cars or guns for FBI agents or offices for federal prosecutors or salaries for federal judges. He’s a $10 billionaire. But he didn’t participate. He didn’t help pay for law and order. Or for veterans’ hospitals or protective gear for military personnel, for that matter. Or border patrols. He’s all bluster, but no action when the dollars count.

Trump said “that’s smart,” when confronted with his tax shirking. To mill workers and waitresses and school teachers, whose federal taxes are deducted from every paycheck, it’s not smart. It’s cheating. It’s dishonorable. It’s unethical.

Like virtually all wealthy people, Warren Buffett paid less than half the highest marginal rate of 39.6 percent. His was lower because of deductions for charitable contributions and state income taxes.

Buffett has said repeatedly, however, that such a low rate for the wealthy is inappropriate. He thinks it should be 30 percent, no matter the deductions, for anyone earning more than $5 million. That’s called the Buffett Rule because he has so strongly espoused it.

By contrast, Trump wants to lower taxes on the wealthy.

Despite Buffett’s billions, he believes in a very basic American value, the meritocracy. He plans to give 99 percent of his $65 billion fortune to philanthropic causes during his lifetime. That means his three children will inherit precious little. He explained the philosophy behind that to Fortune magazine, saying he would give them, “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything but not so much that they could do nothing.”

Giving any child, as he put it, “a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb” was harmful and an antisocial act. That is a man who opposes aristocracy.

By contrast, Trump would slash the current inheritance tax by more than half, an act that would sustain aristocracy in America, like the one Trump’s own fortune arose from.

Buffett started giving his money away in 2006. He pledged most of it to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Not long afterward, the three billionaires asked other wealthy Americans to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity.

In a letter making that request, Buffett wrote, “The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.”

He said living in America, luck and compound interest had brought him wealth, and he and his family felt gratitude for that. If they were to spend more than 1 percent of their fortune on themselves, he said, their happiness and well-being would not be enhanced. “In contrast, that remaining 99 percent can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family. Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs.”

That is an American value: help others pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

Donald Trump did not pledge 50 percent of his fortune to charity. In fact, his relationship with charity is truly suspect. His namesake foundation is under investigation. A new report by the New York Daily News raises doubts about whether Trump ever paid the $10,000 he pledged to 9/11 funds. And it took public badgering on Twitter late in May by Washington Post investigative reporter David A. Fahrenthold to get Trump to finally pay to veterans’ groups the $1 million Trump had promised at a Jan. 28 nationally televised fundraiser.

Fahrenthold also found that what appears on its face to be Trump’s charitable group, the Donald Trump Foundation, may not really be much of a charity. It gave money improperly to a political candidate, then lied about it on an IRS document. It may have violated laws against self-dealing by using $258,000 in foundation money to settle lawsuits against Trump and to purchase two massive portraits of Trump and a Tim Tebow football helmet. And Trump failed to properly register the foundation after he stopped giving his own money to it in 2008 and used other people’s money to fund it.

That’s not very charitable.

After Trump boasted during the campaign that he donated millions, the Washington Post made a concerted effort to track down those gifts. It couldn’t find millions. It discovered that between 2006 and May of 2016 Trump gave less than $800,000. That would be less than $80,000 a year. From a guy who claims to be a billionaire.

That does not appear to be much of an effort to help Americans who were born with no spoon in their mouths.

Buffett urged the wealthy to join him in giving to charity to aid those who drew short straws in life. Donald Trump urged the wealthy to give to his charity to aid his ability to buy portraits of himself.

America expects more in its presidents.

Presidential Race: Different Tax Policies Would Have HUGE Effects On Working People

Underneath all the headlines about emails and wandering hands, there are some very important policy differences between the two presidential candidates.  Let’s start with tax policies.

Donald trump 5 (Gage skidmore Flikr)Donald Trump:

  • His plan would give highest-income taxpayers – those with incomes of more than $3.7 million – an average tax cut of $1.1 million.
  • About 8 million large families and single parents would see their taxes increase under his proposals.
  • His tax plan would add about $7.2 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.
  • His plan would cut taxes for hedge fund operators and other money managers by more than a third — allowing them to use a special 15% “pass-through” tax rate.

hillary clinton (WisPolitics.com FLIKR)Hillary Clinton:

  • Her plan would reduce taxes for low- and moderate-income households by an average of $100.
  • High-income taxpayers would see an average tax hike of $118,000.
  • Her tax plan would increase federal revenue by $1.4 trillion over the next decade (which could be used to lower the federal debt, or to offset spending).

Donald Trump is old enough to remember what happens when the rich get tax cuts:

  • Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut: “Despite the tax cuts, business investment remained weak… The ballooning budget deficit forced Mr. Reagan to give ground” and taxes were raised again in 1986. And the deficit kept growing, until George H.W. Bush broke his “no new taxes” pledge in 1990.
  • George W. Bush’s 2001 tax cut package was supposed to create enough new jobs to pay back the entire federal debt.  Instead, those tax cuts contributed to record-setting federal deficits.
  • Bush’s 2003 tax cut package didn’t fix the economy, either; and as the deficit kept rising, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested reducing Social Security to pay for the cuts.
  • By 2006, even the US Treasury was saying that tax cuts for the rich don’t do much of anything… other than cut taxes for the rich.

But here we are, just three weeks from the election, and the mainstream media is focused on leaked emails and wandering hands… and there’s almost no mention of the fact that Trump wants to give the highest-income taxpayers an average $1.1 million tax break

There’s almost no mention of the fact that his proposal would add $7.2 trillion to the national debt.

There’s almost no mention of the fact that these sorts of tax cuts never, ever generate the kind of job growth that they’re supposed to.  (Why?  Maybe because corporate decision-makers keep spending their extra money on Wall Street rather than hiring workers.  Just last year alone, corporations spent more than $5.5 trillion buying shares of stock in their own or other companies.  That same amount of money could have created more than 70 million median-wage jobs.)

Three weeks out from the election, and almost no-one in the mainstream media is looking at how Trump’s “greatest tax cut ever!” would actually affect our country.  So if you think your friends might be interested in this, please use social media to share it.

The Tax Policy Center analysis of the presidential candidates’ tax policies is available here.

New Hampshire Educators Decry “Trump Effect”

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Image by Michael Vardon FLIKR CC

Educators Share Accounts of How Trump’s Hate-Filled
Campaign is Harming Their Students

CONCORD, NH – To mark the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, educators in New Hampshire joined colleagues across the country to discuss Donald Trump’s dangerous and hateful rhetoric, the negative effect they are witnessing in classrooms, and the terrible example that Trump is setting for children.

A recent report by the non-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” offers hard data about the widespread trickle-down effect Donald Trump’s campaign is having in schools:

  • More than two-third of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives.
  • More than a third reported increased anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment in schools.

New Hampshire educators explained the dire need for the next President to be someone kids can look up to, not a bully.

“Our children watch everything and what they have learned from Donald Trump is appalling. Trump has based his campaign on dividing America with every sort of bigotry that’s out there and it is showing up in our schools,” said NEA-New Hampshire President, Scott McGilvray. “Our President needs to know the power they have to shape our children’s lives for years to come and that we are stronger together. Hillary Clinton understands this.” 

Manchester’s Anne McQuade explains that since Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President, many of her refugee and immigrant students have come to her to ask questions that revolve around “what if’s”. 

“These honest conversations were sobering and sad,” said McQuade. “My students fear they will be deported, separated from family members, and sent back to the war torn countries they left because their loved ones were in danger.”

Anne McQuade has been an ELL teacher in the city of Manchester, NH, a federally mandated refugee relocation center, for several years. She has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels and works closely with refugee and immigrant students who have traveled to New Hampshire from all over the globe. 

Each time a student brought up their fear of a Trump presidency, she tried to reassure them by saying that they were safe here in America and that the United States will protect them and their families.

“I went on to add that I would protect them when they were in school because it was my job to ensure equity and to fight discrimination and racism. These conversations turned into very teachable moments as I went on to define democracy and the fact that American public schools are the purest form of democracy since everyone is ensured an equitable education, free of bias and ridicule.”

“It is my students who have referred to Donald Trump as a bully, not me. Children are perceptive and smart. We also discussed George Washington’s statement: ‘To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.’ How apropos for the current political arena,” continued McQuade.

When asked to recall specific conversations and questions her concerned students have asked, McQude provided the following examples: 

  • A student from Mexico stood in front of my desk with watery eyes and asked, “Miss, is it true if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, my family will be kicked out of America?” and “Do you think they will take my Dad away? He brings food home and I don’t know what we will do without him.” 
  • An Iraqi student, who is Muslim, told me that when she got off her bus, a man yelled, “Go home terrorist. You shouldn’t be in this country.”
  • A Somalian student said, “Why does Donald Trump hate all refugees and immigrants? Does he even know what is happening in my country right now?!”
  • A girl from the Dominican Republic and a girl from Mexico were talking in my class and the girl from the Dominican Republic said, “I wonder if Donald Trump will kick Dominicans out?” The young lady from Mexico replied, “No, you’re safe, he doesn’t want to build a wall in your country, only mine. My abuela (grandmother) won’t be able to visit me. I’m sad!”

“These are just a few of the many statements my students have made. Students should not be thinking about being deported or discriminated against. They should be thinking about their math homework and essays,” said McQuade. 

“As educators, we teach our kids that kindness, collaboration, and cooperation are important in school and in life; the same qualities that Hillary Clinton has demonstrated throughout her career,” said Karen Ladd, Sanborn Regional High School Art Teacher. “Donald Trump is teaching our children the wrong lessons: he has consistently denigrated women, wants to ban Muslims from coming to the country, and mocks people with disabilities. His hate-filled rhetoric is setting a dangerous example for our children.”

“New Hampshire’s students have been watching Mr.Trump’s bigotry and hate speech, and they know a bully when they see one,” said Maxine Mosley, Manchester School District Guidance Counselor. “We’ve seen one candidate pit Americans against each other, and the other candidate preach that our country is stronger together. The choice is clear: Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to fighting for children and families. We need a leader as a President, not someone whose words would land them in the principal’s office.”


Earlier in the campaign season Hillary Clinton released this ad, “Role Models,” highlighting Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric being broadcast on television.  Donald Trump is not a role model.

Hillary Clinton also released this ad, “Mirrors,” highlighting Trump’s derogatory and misogynistic view of women.  Calling women names like “fat ugly pig,” making fun a woman’s weight.  This type of bullying from a Presidential nominee is unacceptable.  Our President and our Presidential nominee’s should be positive role models for our children not bigoted, demeaning bullies.

AFL-CIO Report Shows Black Women Voters Are The Key To Electing Hillary Clinton President

AFL-CIO data reveals Black women voters
are pivotal voting bloc in 2016 election

(Washington, DC,) – Yesterday on a press call held in honor of National Voter Registration Day, the AFL-CIO released new data revealing Black women voters as the key to electing Hillary Clinton president in November. The data reveals that Black women turn out to vote in higher numbers than other women and, just as they helped President Obama win in 2008 and 2012, can secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

“Black women cannot afford to sit this election out,” said Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO Director of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights. “A loss for Secretary Clinton is a loss for the Black family, from the White House to the Supreme Court. We need to let our communities know what’s at stake if we let a divisive fear monger like Donald Trump make decisions that affect everything from our families to our jobs.”

The AFL-CIO plans to do large scale outreach to all women union members across the country this election cycle in the key states of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  Many of these states are where Black women made the difference in the last presidential election.

“Black women are born organizers,” said Petee Talley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, the first Black woman to hold that position. “We know what our families and communities need to thrive and we vote for candidates who can deliver.”

“Black women do more than vote; they are active in their unions, acting as an engine of organizing and mobilization. A recent survey done by Lake Research Partners (LRP) illustrates that regardless of union affiliation, black people, regardless of gender, are very supportive of unions and collective bargaining,” the report states.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

The new AFL-CIO data indicates that Black women participate in leadership in America’s unions at a greater percentage than their actual unionization rates. The benefit of this leadership is spread across Black communities, making these women a force and the foundation for political change.

The report continues, “Given the black community’s commitment to unions, it’s no surprise that black women take on leadership roles in their unions. While black women are 7% of all union members, 8% of them are stewards and local leaders.”  On top of taking leadership roles, black women are generally more active in their unions. Over 24% call themselves “very active” in their local unions.

Read the full report here.

Amalgamated Transit Union Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Silver Spring, MD – The Amalgamated Transit Union General Executive Board has announced ATU’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. Along with her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, ATU believes she will be a progressive, forward-looking leader who will keep America united while charting a steady course toward a safer, more peaceful world.

“Secretary Clinton’s rallying cry – Stronger Together – is an expression of the fundamental principle that has guided the labor movement’s historic work delivering momentous improvements in Americans’ lives. Similarly, there is so much President Hillary Clinton and all of us will be able to accomplish together,” says ATU International President Larry Hanley.

“Our nation faces a triple threat of crises: an economic system that denies workers a living wage, poorly financed public transit infrastructure that makes it all but impossible for the poor to find a way to work, and a rising tide of demagoguery that divides us by race and class.  These injustices are the result of the outsized influence the wealthy exert in Congress and state legislatures, which has led to the decline of the middle class and the impoverishment of our people,” Hanley continued.

“Fortunately, we have a champion in Hillary Clinton who will fight to rebuild the middle class by restoring the rights of Labor, and bolster our economy through unprecedented investment in public services like transit,” said Hanley.

As ATU did in 2012, the union plans an aggressive campaign to mobilize members and riders across the country in support of Clinton and candidates who support public transportation and working families. In 2012, ATU waged an unprecedented GOTV campaign leafleting millions of transit riders, rallying thousands of its members, and joining with candidates to transport voters to the polls.

“We have been heartened by Secretary Clinton’s embrace of the principles expressed by Senator Bernie Sanders, who we endorsed in the primary. Senator Sanders so well expressed the frustrated aspirations of millions of Americans who are demanding a revival of the New Deal-style politics that once lifted us from the depths of poverty. Hillary Clinton has heard our cries and will work every day to make America a more just society that works for everyone,” says Hanley.

“In Frat Boy Donald Trump, we have a candidate who has no core values, who seems to lack even a basic understanding of what is going on in the world, and who believes that lone billionaires like him– not movements like ours – has all the answers.  And, as Secretary Clinton has warned, ‘A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons’,” Hanley continues.

“Hillary Clinton is a candidate we can trust to use her unparalleled global experience to provide the strong, responsible leadership the world needs,” says Hanley. “And so we enthusiastically endorse Hillary Clinton. And join the millions of Americans who say, “I’m With Her,” because she’s with us.”

ATU is the largest labor organization representing transportation workers in United States and Canada. With more than 197,000 members in 253 local unions spread across 47 states and nine provinces, including 3,000 workers at Greyhound Lines, Inc., ATU members work as bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees.

After receiving the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

“For more than a hundred years, ATU members have kept our cities running, powering our urban economies and helping countless people get to and from work every day. Along the way, they helped build the American middle class by fighting for fair wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions.

“As President, I will proudly stand with ATU as we work to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and make the minimum wage a living wage. We’ll invest in building 21st century infrastructure, including transit infrastructure, and make sure that our transit systems are designed to actually connect working people to jobs and economic opportunity. And we will protect the rights and dignity of all Americans–because we know that we are stronger together.

“The stakes in this election could not be higher for working people. Donald Trump stood on a debate stage and said that wages are “too high” in this country. He opposes policies that would make it easier for people to balance work and family, including paid family leave and ensuring pay for women. He personally hired a union-busting firm to keep workers at his hotel in Las Vegas from organizing. Donald Trump is wrong for workers and he’s wrong for America.”

Clinton Urges Passage Of ‘Mineworker Protection Act’ As Mineworkers Rally In Washington DC

UMWA United Mine Workers LogoToday, thousands of members, families and supporters of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) from 13 states will converge on Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass life-or-death legislation to preserve benefits for retired coal miners and widows.

“These miners put in decades of back-breaking work in America’s coal mines to energize our nation,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said. “They put their lives and their health on the line every day to make sure that you and I can turn on our lights, power up our computers, heat and cool our homes.

“In return, they were promised retirement benefits by the government and their employers,” Roberts said. “Those benefits are now at serious risk, and will begin running out at the end of the year. For many, that will force them to make cruel choices between buying life-saving medicine or buying food. Congress must act now to keep America’s promise to these miners.”

Prior to the planned rally, Secretary Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for President, called on Congress to pass Mineworkers Protection Act.  Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate and candidate for Vice President, is one of the many co-sponsors to this vital piece of legislation.

Secretary Clinton released the following:

“I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark. For more than a century, America’s coal miners have put their own health and safety at risk to provide affordable and reliable energy for the nation. They are entitled to the benefits they have earned and the respect they deserve.

“That’s why I am proud to stand with Senator Joe Manchin and the United Mine Workers of America in calling on Congressional Republicans to stop playing politics and give the Miners Protection Act a vote before the benefits of these hardworking men and women start expiring later this year.

“We also have a shared responsibility to reinvest in the coal communities that have been an engine of American economic growth. That’s why last fall, I proposed a comprehensive revitalization and job creation plan including building 21st-century infrastructure and high-speed broadband, repurposing abandoned minelands and power plants to support new economic activity, and creating a Coal Communities Challenge Fund to support locally-driven economic development priorities in small business, agriculture, health care, tourism, housing, and other industries.

“And we need to invest in carbon capture and sequestration, which will reduce emissions from coal and natural gas combustion, and will help us meet the global climate challenge more quickly and at lower cost, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s why I support Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Act, which Senator Kaine has also co-sponsored.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on Secretary Clinton’s support for the Miners Protection Act:

America’s coal miners have sacrificed much for our nation, and we have an obligation to support them and their families. Unlike Donald Trump who says he’s with us but has nothing to show beyond the bluster, Hillary Clinton has our back. She proved it with a detailed $30 billion plan to revitalize coal communities, while Donald Trump says ‘trust me.’ She is proving it again today with her support of the Miners Protection Act. From the bargaining table to the ballot box, working people know who stands with us, not by words, but action.

The rally will be live-streamed on the UMWA’s YouTube Channel (youtube.com/UMWAunion) beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

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