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   We Make New York
 Work for All New Yorkers
    Working Families Under
     Assault for 30 Years
 For the last 30 years, Big Business has worked
   this agenda with every resource it has:
    – Deregulation: trucking, airlines, telecom, financial
      services, health care, the environment, labor
      protections
    – Global race to the bottom through NAFTA, GATT,
      Fast Track, FTAA . . .
    – Privatize social benefits and social services
    – Abolish negotiated benefits like pensions and health
      care that are critical to the standard of living of
      working people
    – Cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy
    – Break the power of unions
Goldwater, Reagan, Bush Sr., Gingrich, Bush Jr., DeLay…
                                                             2
The Corporate Assault
    On Workers
         Goal:
         - Maximize corporate
           profits and CEO pay
         Strategy:
         - Destroy unions
         - Reduce workers‟ wages
           and benefits




                                   3
     CEO PAY OUTRAGE
The New American Aristocracy
  Ratio of Top 100 CEO Salaries per Average Worker
                   Annual Earnings

                                               1,723
                                   1,510




                        321
  45        127


 1970       1980       1990        2000        2006
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/03/147994/unions-income-inequality/
  Workers Have Not Benefited
   From Productivity Gains



                                           Productivity



                                           Real Wages




Source: Les Leopold “The Looting of America”
As Unions Decline, Benefits Decline

                                                   Nonunion                        Union

                             73%                                      92%                          15 days
                                                                                           11.75
               68%                                                                         days


                                                      16%

                   Health                               Guaranteed                          Vacations
                 Insurance                               Pension
Source: U.S. Department of Labor; BLS; EPI; Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Year Before                         Year Before
 the Stock        Growth of the      the Stock
Market Crash      Middle Class      Market Crash




Top Tax Rate Over 90%   Reagan Cuts Top Tax Rate
 Unions are Growing          from 70% to 28%
  G.I. Bill Promotes      Fires Striking Workers
 Education & Housing    Permits Media Monopolies
For the Elite Top 1% there is never enough!


                                      NYC 44%


                                      NYS 35%



                                      USA 24%
Top 10% own 80% of
 all US stock wealth
"We can have concentrated wealth
      in the hands of a few
   or we can have democracy.
   But we cannot have both."
  — Justice Louis D. Brandeis
In NYC the rich get nearly 1/2 of all the
  income but only pay 1/3 of the taxes.
                                                      -11.1%




                                             + 1.6%
                                    + 5.1%

                           + 2.8%

                  + 1.2%
         + 0.1%
+ 0.2%




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  Productive workers are taxed
higher than gambling speculators
  The Social Security Tax Cap
       Burdens Workers

Effective FICA
                 Yearly Wages
   Tax Rate

   7.65%              $50,000

   0.82%           $1,000,000

   0.16%           $5,000,000
 US For Profit Healthcare System =
Lower Life Expectancy + Highest Cost
                  How government tax
                  and benefit policies
                  reduce child poverty                                   2.4%



                                                                                                       29%




Source: The league table of child poverty in rich nations, (Florence, Italy: UNICEF Research Center, 2000)
And they are out to destroy unions
           National Union Density, 1984 = 19% of workforce




                                                                     0% to 9%

                                                                     10% to 20%

                                                                     21% to 30%

                                                                     31% +




                                                Source: U.S. Department of Labor
 AFL-CIO                                                                   19
          …and it’s working
           National Union Density, 2004 = 13% of workforce
                   It’s already down to 12.1% in 2007




                                                                  0% to 9%

                                                                  10% to 20%

                                                                  21% to 30%

                                                                  31% +




                                            Source: U.S. Department of Labor
AFL-CIO                                                                20
                                   Part Four: Why Workers Can’t Get Unions
   NLRB Elections Are Inherently Unfair and
          Insult Our Democratic Traditions
                             Democratic Election       NLRB Election
  All parties have equal                             No. Employer has full
  access to voter list and          Yes.            access; union has limited
          voters.                                   access to list and voters.
     Voters cannot be                                No. Employer harasses
                                    Yes.
intimidated or threatened.                          and even fires supporters.
 Voters can be forced to                              Yes. Employer holds
                                    No.
 listen to one side only.                           voters captive to message.
   One side can delay                               Yes. Employer can delay
                                    No.
 election and outcome.                              both almost indefinitely.
Election is conducted at                               Yes. Election occurs
                                    No.
campaign headquarters.                                on company property.
Freedom to Form a Union Is a Legal
    and Human Right . . . In Theory
“Employees shall have the right to…form…labor
organizations [and] to bargain collectively….”
             National Labor Relations Act, 1935

“Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions...”
             Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

“We support the right of . . . employees . . . to organize
for collective bargaining into unions.”
             Social Principles of United Methodist Church
Freedom to Form Unions Is Well
  Recognized by Our Leaders
           „The labor movement was the
           principal force that transformed
           misery and despair into hope
           and progress. Those who would
           destroy or further limit the
           rights of organized labor…do a
           disservice to the cause of
           democracy.‟
                Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
                              According To
                        Human Rights Watch
“Our findings are disturbing, to say the least. Loophole-
ridden laws, paralyzing delays, and feeble enforcement
have led to a culture of impunity in many areas of U.S.
labor law and practice. Legal obstacles tilt the playing
field so steeply against workers‟ freedom of association
that the United States is in violation of international
human rights standards…”
           Human Rights Watch Director Kenneth Roth
American Workers Are Losing the Freedom
 to Form Unions and Bargain Collectively

 32 Million Workers Are Not Covered by Law
 • Independent contractors
 • Supervisors
 • Farm workers
 • Domestic workers
 • Public employees in 23 states
FIGHTING THE MYTHS ABOUT PUBLIC
   WORKERS AND GOVERNMENT
Myth #1: Government Workers Have It Too Good
Myth #2: Government Is Too Big
Myth #3: Public Sector Unions Are Too Powerful
Myth #4: Public Pensions Are Too Generous
Myth #5: Government Is Too Focused on the Poor
Myth #6: Government Imposes Too Many Regulations
Myth #7: Liberal Tax and Spend Policies Have Created
         Deficits and Debts That Are Too Big
      FIGHTING THE MYTHS
Available at WWW.CWA1180.org Free PDF download
SCAPEGOATING PUBLIC WORKERS
STARVING GOVERNMENT
        WALL STREET
THE REAL CAUSE OF THE CRISIS
 WE MUST ENGAGE IN THE STRUGGLE
           If We Want Progress
          WE MUST ORGANIZE
Members, Coworkers, Families And Neighbors
          WE MUST EDUCATE
         Ourselves And The Public
           WE MUST AGITATE
     For Social And Economic Justice
           WE MUST DEMAND
  Government By And For We The People
 Your comments and questions are
 important you can contact me at:

          Arthur Cheliotes, President
                  Local 1180
     Communications Workers of America
               6 Harrison Street
            New York, NY 10013
    TEL. 212 226 6565 FAX. 212 966 6831
           acheliotes@cwa1180.org
• LOCAL 1180 WEBSITE: WWW.CWA1180.ORG

				
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