Published On: Mon, Jun 25th, 2012

AFL-CIO Launches ‘Bring Jobs Home’ Campaign

Over the past decade, about 50,000 manufacturing sites closed and 6 million American jobs were lost due to outsourcing, according to the AFL-CIO union.

Friday, the union kick-started the first of several nationwide Bring Jobs Home events.

Upcoming mobilizations will highlight the Bring Jobs Home Act, legislation introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in the Senate (S. 2884) and by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) in the House (H.R. 5542).

This legislation would eliminate tax breaks allowing companies to deduct expenses associated with moving operations overseas, while still encouraging them to assist displaced workers. Further, it would provide a tax credit to corporations that bring jobs back to the United States.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the United States must develop a strategic jobs plan through measures like the Bring the Jobs Home Act, fair trade policies, curtailing currency manipulation and closing tax loopholes that allow U.S. corporations to shelter overseas profits.

“Every major industrial country has a strategic plan to create and keep good jobs. It’s time for us to follow suit. We need a real plan that lives up to our patriotic ideals—a plan to put our people back to work and end the tax breaks and flawed trade policies that encourage rampant off shoring.”

The U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would also require companies to let you know where your call was being directed, you would have the option to be transferred back to call centers in the United States. Find out more here.

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