This week in the war on workers: Don’t buy the Republican ‘small business’ tax cut hoax

When Donald Trump and congressional Republicans start making a serious push to cut taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations, expect a lot of talk about “small business.” In fact, expect to hear a pitch that sounds like small businesses will be absolutely the biggest winners from a Republican tax plan. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Chye-Ching Huang explains the reality Republicans are trying to hide with their “small business” talk:

Gov’t reports 209,000 new jobs created in July; jobless rate at 4.3%; Trump claims credit

The seasonally adjusted net gain of jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday, was 209,000. Of those, 172,000 were created in the private sector, 37,000  in the public sector, as determined by analysis of the Current Employment Survey of 147,000 business establishments. A consensus of experts in Bloomberg’s survey of experts earlier this week had concluded there would be a gain of 178,000 new jobs in July.

Once again, which has been the case for most of the past eight years since the recovery from the Great Recession officially began, wages climbed only a smidgen. Compared with last July, they were up 9 cents an hour, a 2.5 percent year-over-year rise against an annual inflation rate of 1.6 percent. For the average worker, the wage gain has amounted to barely treading water.

As it does in every monthly report, the bureau revised its counts for the previous two months based on more complete

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Gov’t reports 209,000 new jobs created in July; jobless rate at 4.3%; Trump claims credit

The seasonally adjusted net gain of jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday, was 209,000. Of those, 172,000 were created in the private sector, 37,000  in the public sector, as determined by analysis of the Current Employment Survey of 147,000 business establishments. A consensus of experts in Bloomberg’s survey of experts earlier this week had concluded there would be a gain of 178,000 new jobs in July.

Once again, which has been the case for most of the past eight years since the recovery from the Great Recession officially began, wages climbed only a smidgen. Compared with last July, they were up 9 cents an hour, a 2.5 percent year-over-year rise against an annual inflation rate of 1.6 percent. For the average worker, the wage gain has amounted to barely treading water.

As it does in every monthly report, the bureau revised its counts for the previous two months based on more complete

Continue reading “Gov’t reports 209,000 new jobs created in July; jobless rate at 4.3%; Trump claims credit”

Gov’t reports 209,000 new jobs created in July; jobless rate at 4.3%; Trump claims credit

The seasonally adjusted net gain of jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday, was 209,000. Of those, 172,000 were created in the private sector, 37,000  in the public sector, as determined by analysis of the Current Employment Survey of 147,000 business establishments. A consensus of experts in Bloomberg’s survey of experts earlier this week had concluded there would be a gain of 178,000 new jobs in July.

Once again, which has been the case for most of the past eight years since the recovery from the Great Recession officially began, wages climbed only a smidgen. Compared with last July, they were up 9 cents an hour, a 2.5 percent year-over-year rise against an annual inflation rate of 1.6 percent. For the average worker, the wage gain has amounted to barely treading water.

As it does in every monthly report, the bureau revised its counts for the previous two months based on more complete

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In California, disgruntled employers may be siccing ICE on workers who report labor violations

Among the most disturbing patterns emerging in the Trump era is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stalking undocumented immigrants at courthouses, including targeting victims at a New York human trafficking court. The chief justices of the California Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court (so far) have all taken the extraordinary steps by condemning former Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for the actions, with California’s Tani Cantil-Sakauye writing that “we encourage the vulnerable to come to our courthouses for help. But immigration arrests, or the fear of arrests at or near courthouses, disrupt court activities and the lives of those seeking justice.”

Now ICE appears to be taking their thuggery to labor dispute proceedings in California:

Federal immigration agents have shown up twice at California

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In California, disgruntled employers may be siccing ICE on workers who report labor violations

Among the most disturbing patterns emerging in the Trump era is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stalking undocumented immigrants at courthouses, including targeting victims at a New York human trafficking court. The chief justices of the California Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court (so far) have all taken the extraordinary steps by condemning former Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for the actions, with California’s Tani Cantil-Sakauye writing that “we encourage the vulnerable to come to our courthouses for help. But immigration arrests, or the fear of arrests at or near courthouses, disrupt court activities and the lives of those seeking justice.”

Now ICE appears to be taking their thuggery to labor dispute proceedings in California:

Federal immigration agents have shown up twice at California

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This week in the war on workers: Here are the economic issues Ohio swing voters care about most

We hear a lot about the economic populism that Donald Trump supposedly tapped into and that Democrats must reclaim to win. But what does that look like on the ground? Working America canvassed 355 likely midterm swing voters in Ohio, asking them about Trumpcare, a range of economic policies to support middle-class and lower-income families, Ohio politicians, and where they’re getting their political information. The resulting report offers a wealth of information.

Opposition to Trumpcare was strong, with just 39 percent of Trump swing voters in favor of passing it, while “Overall, 60 percent of Ohio swing voters we spoke with chose it from a list of 11 policies as the one that would have the most negative impact on their family.” Beyond that, voters’ top three issues off that list were stopping outsourcing, addressing the opioid crisis, and paid family leave. Expanding overtime, passing paid sick days,

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