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The labor movement and the interests of working families are under
steady assault by the Bush Administration. From the four anti-labor
executive orders to the repeal of workplace ergonomics standards to
interference in airline bargaining to George Bush’s $2.4 trillion
tax cut skewed to the super-rich, the White House has made it very
clear that they will side with corporate and wealthy interests over
To keep union members, activists and allies informed, a new BushWatch
page has been added to the AFL-CIO website at www.aflcio.org/bushwatch.
For those who do not have access to the Internet, we will periodically
publish information in the JOURNAL from BushWatch which
is chronicling the President’s record on working family and union
In just his first 100 days in office, President Bush has launched
the harshest attack of our times on working families and their unions.
His millionaire tax cut is just part of the pattern. Consider the
Bush blocked rules saying federal contracts should go to
law-abiding companies, not corporate lawbreakers.
Bush outraged civil rights groups by picking John Ashcroft to
become attorney general, despite Ashcroft’s shameful record on
desegregation, affirmative action and other working family issues.
Bush nominated Linda Chavez to become labor secretary despite
her extreme anti-worker views.
Bush said he will create a commission to help him privatize
part of social security and subject retirees’ income to the
risks of the stock market.
Bush issued four anti-worker, anti-union executive orders
ending job retention protections for employees of federal service
contractors; abolishing federal labor-management partnerships;
barring project labor agreements on federally funded construction
projects; and requiring government contractors to post notices
telling employees they cannot be required to become union members
and may object to paying the portion of agency fees not related to
Bush proposed harming public education by creating private
school vouchers and proposed zero funding for public school repair
Bush has indicated he will lift the ban on unsafe cross-border
Bush sided with business to push the first-ever congressional
repeal of worker safety and health protection.
Bush called for "paycheck deception" to silence
working families in politics.
Bush’s budget proposal leaves Medicare open to raiding to pay
for his millionaire tax cut. Bush also ignored needs for a strong
Medicare prescription drug benefit, proposing an inadequate
version that would give no help to middle-income seniors, would
rely on private insurers rather than the trusted Medicare program
and would be up to the states to implement.
Bush’s administration decided against fixing the massive
census undercount of people of color, children and the poor.
Bush scuttled collective bargaining between mechanics and
Bush sided with the mining industry on delaying rules to help
workers with black lung disease.