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info in the Local
The local meetings are now at 6:30 PM (time change) on the 2nd Thursday
of each month.
See the Principal
Financial Services Representatives in our Resource
OF WORK in the Age of Anxiety
From 1947 through 1974, American workers
brought home most of the wealth that they produced. Since 1974, they've
steadily lost power - and they're getting just a fraction of the wwalth
that they produce today.
By Harold Meyerson
The steady stream of Watergate revelations,
President Richard Nixon’s twists and turns to fend off disclosures, the
impeachment hearings, and finally an unprecedented resignation—all these
riveted the nation’s attention in 1974. Hardly anyone paid attention to
a story that seemed no more than a statistical oddity: That year, for the
first time since the end of World War II, Americans’ wages declined.
Since 1947, Americans at all points on
the economic spectrum had become a little better off with each passing
year. The economy’s rising tide, as President John F. Kennedy had famously
said, was lifting all boats. Productivity had risen by 97 percent in the
preceding quarter-century, and median wages had risen by 95 percent. As
economist John Kenneth Galbraith noted in The Affluent Society, this newly
middle-class nation had become more egalitarian. The poorest fifth had
seen their incomes increase by 42 percent since the end of the war, while
the wealthiest fifth had seen their incomes rise by just 8 percent. Economists
have dubbed the period the “Great Compression.” (read
the rest of the article)
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the other pieces in our "Work in the Age of Anxiety" package:
RICK WARTZMAN OCTOBER 16,
The question that haunted the post-war
industrial tech boom of the 1950s is rising again: Have we reached a stage
at which technology is destroying more jobs than it's creating?
Task Rabbit Economy
ROBERT KUTTNER OCTOBER 10,
At the rate things are going, tens of
millions of us could end up as temps, contract employees, call-center operators,
and the like.
Congress, Cut It Out
We need a budget that helps, not hurts,
working people, protects Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit
cuts, invests in our infrastructure and creates jobs by raising revenue
from Wall Street and the wealthiest 1%. Repealing tax subsidies for sending
jobs overseas, for example, would generate $583 billion over 10 years.
The House Republican shutdown of the government
in October cost the economy 120,000 jobs in October and will slow economic
growth in the fourth quarter. The agreement to end the shutdown funded
the government through Jan. 15, but at the sequestration levels that have
strangled job growth and slowed the economy, and included a debt ceiling
increase through Feb. 7.
The deal also called for a House–Senate
budget conference committee to try to reach a longer term budget agreement
by Dec. 13. House Republicans are continuing their demands for austerity
through cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, along
with demanding tax breaks for corporations.
The AFL-CIO is calling for the repeal
of the sequester, which could create nearly 800,000 jobs, according to
the Congressional Budget Office. Also lawmakers must oppose any cuts in
Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, including means-testing
or reducing annual cost-of-living increases by moving to the so-called
"chained" CPI. Social Security benefits should be improved, not cut; working
people and retirees need more economic security, not less.
the pledge to call your elected representatives on Dec. 12 and demand a
budget deal for working families.
you're all signed up... NOW WHAT You should get your Enrollment Cards
in mid December. Make sure they are correct, if not call the service center
Now for Retirees...
I know for you active members it seems
it's all about retirees...
Some day you will be there. You get most
of this Insurance Info. from CL at work, but retirees need us to get the
message out to them. Early next year ExtendHealth will be contacting Medicare
retirees with information on the options for signing up for Medigap and
Part D plans.
Current Medicare retirees will use what
they signed up for till May of next year.
ExtendHealth will be helping Medicare
Retirees with questions - - ExtendHealth has a telephone number of 888-825-4252
and is taking calls now.
Meetings will be set up with Extend Health
to talk about options with local RMC (Retiree Member Chapters). For Medicare
retirees CL will provide $214 cap money monthly into a HRA to pay for the
plan. Note: You may have to use ExtendHealth if you want the extra
benefits that come with using them.
is a Booklet
from Extend Health that was given out at the District 7 Conf.
This is a scanned copy. This will give an idea of what they are talking
about for the Medicare eligible retirees. To read it... Right
click on it and Click Rotate Clockwise OR you may have to go View and rotate
Thoughts about going to Medicare Part
D: Medicare retirees who will go to Medicare Part D drug plans
in May 2014 might not realize that since they will still be on the CL PPO
plan up to that time may in many cases not have to worry about the Part
D donut hole since in many cases it only kicks in the last couple of months
of the year if you have Tier 2 or 3 precriptions. Since we wont go on to
it intill May 1 many will not hit it next year at all.
|New from your Union.
They are $40 each.
you just wonder down the road of life without speaking up for your rights
you are just
But you can occupy
road telling the 1% you are not going to be run over by them anymore.