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    Print Icon May 12, 2017

    By Doug Cunningham

    [U.S Senator Bernie Sanders]: "We are here today to say as loudly and clearly as we can that we will not allow the earned pension benefits of up to ten million workers to be cut as much as 60 percent. Ain't gonna happen! (applause)."

    U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) are introducing the Keep Our Pension Promises Act to restore worker pensions cut by a 2014 law. Known as the MPRA Act, it weakened ERISA defined benefit pension protections allowing deep cuts in multi-employer pension plans.

    The pain that 2014 law causes workers was evident in the voice of retired Cleveland Ironworker Dan Wargo - who, after 40 years of hard dangerous work saw his monthly pension cut from $2600 a month to $1100 - a 58% reduction.

    [Dan Wargo]: "If you ever thought that I thought I would be here - I can't believe this is happening. Many of us have health and physical problems as a related to this work. We were promised well-deserved pensions - which would when retired we could live the last years of our lives in dignity."

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    National Nurses United say the Republican House health insurance bill is "cruel and unusual punishment" for millions of Americans and a "mortal threat" to the health of our nation.

    It would kick 24 million people off of their health insurance.

    NNU spokesperson Charles Idelson:

    [Charles Idelson]: “A train wreck is more humane than the monstrosity that got passed by the fanatics in the House.  One thing that gets understated in the coverage is that it was essentially a cover for a massive hundreds-of-billions-of-dollar giveaway to the wealthiest people in the United States.  Anywhere from 600 to 800 billion dollars in tax cuts jammed into that bill, something like 80% of which go to the top one percent in this country."

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    The NLRB has filed a labor law violation complaint against Volkswagen's Chattanooga Tennessee plant. The NLRB charges that VW has failed and refused to recognize and bargain with United Auto Workers Local 42 - a skilled trades unit that voted to join the UAW in 2015.

    VW increases health insurance premiums for the UAW Local 42 members and changed their work hours without prior notice or bargaining with the union.

    VW must answer the charge by May 24th.

    VW is appealing an earlier NLRB ruling that said it must follow U.S. labor law and bargain with the UAW in Chattanooga.

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    The National Association of Letter Carrier's annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive has given an astounding 1.4 billion pounds of food to local food pantries for the needy since it started 25 years ago.

    NALC's Pam Donato.

    [Pam Donato]: "We believe this food drive is a great cause. And we're just grateful to postal customers across the country and we just want to say thank you."


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