"Ninety-four percent of the country pays Social Security taxes on all their income. Six percent do not. This has got to change."
Before the $85 billion budget cut time bomb explodes, leaders of the nation's unions are hammering out details of a program to prevent job losses and restore the economy for the working-class majority.
Automatic budget cuts would have a devastating impact on vital services all over the country.
Union leaders meeting with Barack Obama on Nov. 13 urged him to stick to his campaign pledges to raise taxes on the rich and to aid the middle class.
On August 30, 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt's Wealth Tax Act increased taxes on the rich and big business and lowered taxes for small businesses
The right wing, is holding workers and the economy "hostage" to their demands for continuing and permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent.
The GOP-led House on August 1 rejected extending Democratic-proposed tax cuts for the middle class.
A coalition of unions and progressive groups launched a grassroots effort to end the Bush tax cuts by the end of this year.
The immediate struggle for pay raises and collective bargainingis part of the larger, national context for democracy and progressive change.
The labor movement is beginning to mount a legislative offensive in the sates to stop what it says are "under the radar" attacks on workers.