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    By Doug Cunningham

    With great fanfare and his best PT Barnum act Trump Friday did his best to tout his infrastructure plan. But economists at the Economic Policy Institute say his plan is "thin and fake".

    The AFL-CIO is calling for a real one trillion dollar investment in rebuilding America's infrastructure but Trump is only putting up $200 billion.

    The American Society of Civic Engineers say the real number needed to properly rebuild U.S. infrastructure is $4.6 trillion. The engineers, in a report called Failure to Act, say if we don't invest that much America stands to lose 2.5 million jobs and $7 trillion in lost business sales by 2025.

    The AFL-CIO's Tom Trotter.

    [Tom Trotter]: "The reality is we're already suffering from that. 

    Because of the state of our infrastructure right now we're already not gaining the jobs we should, our economic growth is constrained."


    The People's Summit convenes in Chicago this weekend. Senator Bernie Sanders is headlining the event, billed as "Beyond Resistance: A People’s Movement for a Just World".

    The People's Summit says "At a time of tremendous turmoil and progressive opportunity, we invite you to participate in a historic convening of organizations and individuals committed to social, racial and economic justice."

    The gathering is an effort to bring together progressive activists, including some labor unions, to create a People's Agenda "that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality and freedom."

    National Nurses United and UE are the only labor unions listed as convening partners.


    Two thousand IBEW Local 3 technicians have been on strike for over nine weeks at Spectrum cable in New York City and New Jersey.

    On the New York City picket lines WIN interviewed this striker, who chose not to give his name, about the issues in the strike.

    [NYC Spectrum Striker]: "The CEO was the highest paid CEO in the whole country at $98.5 million 'til 2021. They could justify giving him an increase of somethin' like over $70 million a year, but yet the workers who are making their money interactin' with the public, they can't give them a fair contract, a fair medical plan."


    When neo-Nazis and fascists held their free speech rally in Portland Oregon just days after two people were brutally murdered trying to defend muslim women from a neo-nazi, the regional Carpenters union knew which side it was on.

    Ben Basom is Director of Organizing and Communications with the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.

    [Ben Basom]: "These types of groups - these right-wing extremists - have a long history of opposing organized labor. So it's very important as organized labor that we do what we can to oppose them.

    And we feel that opposing these types of fascist and racist activities in our city is very important, as organized labor..."

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