Here Come the Cuts

From the AFL-CIO

House Republican leaders released a new budget blueprint to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for their massive tax giveaway to corporations and the richest CEOs, another step in a long plan to completely rig the system against regular working people.

It’s time to expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, so more people can live in dignity, which is why we’re building a broad independent movement of workers. We won’t stop until we win.

President Donald Trump claimed his tax cut would result in an average pay raise of $4,000 for every working family. In fact, hourly wages have dropped since the bill was signed into law.

The law slashed the corporate tax rate by more than 40% and handed multinational corporations a $400 billion discount on their offshore profits, costing us $2 trillion.

Now the House GOP wants to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to make up the difference, despite Trump’s promises never to do so.

Worse, right-wing politicians have begun talking about “round two” of tax cuts, which would again give even more money to the rich.

Working people believe we should end all tax incentives and loopholes that encourage outsourcing, require wealthy individuals to pay their fair share and use that money to invest in America.


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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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