Nurses Spark Wide Support in U.S. Unions and Abroad

By Harry Kelber | The American labor Movement | October 12 , 2012

The bankers and financial investors on Wall Street will have an opportunity to compensate the American people for creating an economic crisis that caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes.

The solution is contained in the "Inclusive Prosperity Tax Act", a 0.5% tax on the trading of stocks and less rates on bonds, derivatives and currencies. It could raise up to $350 billion in annual revenue and could be used to rebuild Main Street communities and fund health and education programs.

The bill was introduced in Congress by Rep. Keith Ellison (Dem, Minn.), who said: "The American public provided hundreds of billions to bail out Wall Street during the global fiscal crisis, yet bore the brunt of the crisis with lost jobs and reduced household wealth.

"A financial transaction tax protects our financial markets from speculation and provides the revenue needed to invest in the education, health and communities of the American people."

A statement by Jean Ross, RN and co-president of the National Nurses United (NNU), a founder of the Robin Hood campaign in the U.S., said: "The Inclusive Prosperity Act taxes those that can afford it, the ones that were protected by our tax dollars. They are past due in paying for their damage to Main Street. If we make H.R. 6411 law, we start the healing "process and turn this country around," the NNU leader said.

The bill, popularly known as the "Robin Hood Tax," is based on the legendary character who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor." It is gaining wide support both in the U.S. and in countries around the globe since it was introduced barely a month ago. More than 110 international organizations have endorsed the Robin Hood Tax

Nurses Lead Tax Campaign. Where is the AFL-CIO?

In the past two weeks, nurses have visited congressional lawmakers in their offices, urging them to endorse H.R. 1411. It is not clear where the AFL-CIO stands on the Robin Hood Tax, since there has been no official announcement of its position. At the moment, there is no AFL-CIO campaign, particularly an aggressive one, that seems to occupy the attention of AFL-CIO leaders.

How are our leaders spending their time on the job? What are their plans for the future? And how do we, the union members, fit into the picture?

Let’s have some frank talk from our officials.

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