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“Fiscal cliff” actions urge Congress to tax rich, no cuts

The pressure for unionists to weigh in rose as the ruling House Republicans refused to budge from their stand for protecting the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

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Campaign to save Social Security, Medicare from budget-cutters

Diane Fleming first encountered Social Security when she was three years old. Now she's 70, and one of hundreds of people descending on Congress.

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Clergy: "Reject grand bargain, tax the rich"

Federal budget cuts will devastate social programs, "plunge communities into ruin and destruction, and cost lives."

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Census Bureau: Poverty rate unchanged, health care coverage improves, income drops

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka was not surprised by the findings, which back up the federation's emphasis on the drastic impact the recession - known as the Bush Crash - has had on workers and families.

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Corporations loot tax monies as Chicago schools suffer

Why would some of America's richest families need lavish public subsidies while schools, parks and other public services are in desperate need of funds?

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Unions applaud Senate vote for middle class tax cut

In a party-line vote of 51-48, the Senate yesterday passed a middle-class tax cut, keeping present tax reductions for individuals.

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Pay your share! Community members crash Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Who would have guessed the Mercantile Exchange needed help from Illinois taxpayers?

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Proposed bill would end fossil fuel subsidies

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. announced they would introduce the End Polluter Welfare Act to Congress.

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In California, double the cuts, double the misery

More misery loomed for Californians May 14 as Governor Jerry Brown delivered a revised 2012-13 budget projection doubling the already-deep cuts he called for in January.

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Taxi! Taxi! Cabbies form unlikely union

If you ask a cab driver, there's a good chance he or she will tell you, "I'm a member of the National Taxi Workers Alliance."

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