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Twenty years ago, Nabisco took millions of dollars in Illinois taxpayer subsidies as incentive to build a production plant in Chicago.

Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us.

Working people are taking fewer vacation days and working more.

In the Huffington Post, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard writes that "[e]ver worsening is the chasm between the loaded, who luxuriate in gated communities, and the workers, who are hounded at their rickety gates by bill collectors. Even though last week’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed unemployment at a low 4.4 percent, wages continue to flat-line, killing both opportunity and the consumer economy.

“NAFTA is a disaster,” Celeste Drake, a trade and globalization policy specialist at AFL-CIO, told Bloomberg BNA. “We don’t think it needs to be tinkered with. We think it needs to be wholly rewritten. It’s not about taking a red pen and moving a comma here and a sentence there. Whole chapters need to be cut out and whole new chapters need to be rewritten.”

Read the full article in Bloomberg BNA.

Much of the debate over Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act has focused on the impact cuts would have on working-age adults, millions of whom gained coverage under the healthcare law that President Obama signed in 2010. But in Fayette County and 779 other mostly rural counties across the country — the vast majority of which went for Trump — more than half the children rely for coverage on Medicaid and the related Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, according to a Times analysis of county voting data, census data and Medicaid enrollment data.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders writes in The Hill: "Freedom is one of the most cherished American principles. But freedom means more than the ability to speak your mind, practice your religion, or choose your own democratically elected leaders. Our freedoms don’t end with the First Amendment to the Constitution."

Read the full article in The Hill.

“I am your voice” — that’s what Donald Trump promised American workers at the Republican National Convention last July. Yet this month, the Trump administration took an unprecedented step toward quelling the voices of workers.

AFL-CIO officials and other labor advocates June 28 floated some marching orders for U.S. trade representatives as they start renegotiating the NAFTA trade pact later this year.

Read the full article in Bloomberg BNA.

Elizabeth Tadesse has cared for elderly residents at the Holly Heights Nursing Center in Denver for eight years now, helping them get dressed and serving them pancakes in bed. But the health-care bill that senators are discussing this week would slash funding to Medicaid, which generates 81 percent of her employer’s revenue and largely covers her wages.

Read the full article in the Washington Post.

My name is Laura Packard, and a few months ago I was a healthy person with a nagging cough. I finally went back to urgent care to get more pneumonia medication, a couple of days before a scheduled trip to New York and Washington D.C. And then I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

Read the full article in the U.S. News & World Report.