ItemLegislative Alert: FY2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor HHS)Samuel, William (2011-09-20)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO 1 would like to call to your attention the AFL-CIO's priorities for the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor FIHS) bill. In addition, we urge you to oppose two substantive amendments - one by Senator Graham and one by Senator Mikulski - that are likely to be offered at either the subcommittee markup scheduled for later today or the full committee markup scheduled for tomorrow. ItemLegislative Alert: LaTourette/Costello Amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill (H.R. 658)Samuel, William (2011-03-30)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, I urge you to vote for the LaTourette/Costello amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill - HR 658. This amendment would reverse democratic union election procedures recently issued by the National Mediation Board (NMB) under the Railway Labor Act (RLA). ItemLegislative Alert: Nomination of Goodwin LiuSamuel, William (2011-05-18)[Excerpt] I am writing on behalf of the AFL-CIO in support of the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Liu is extraordinarily well-qualified and I urge you to vote for cloture, and to vote for his confirmation. ItemLegislative Alert: The Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 (S. 1786)Samuel, William (2011-11-03)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO I am writing to urge you to oppose S. 1786 - the Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 - which will be offered by the Republican minority as an alternative to S. 1769 - the Rebuild American Jobs Act. ItemLegislative Alert: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)Samuel, William (2011-11-08)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, I am writing to urge you to support "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" (MAP-21) when the Environment and Public Works Committee holds its markup this Thursday. MAP-21 would help bring America's transportation system into the 21st century, while protecting 1.8 million jobs and creating up to a million more. ItemLegislative Alert: Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011 (S. 1917)Samuel, William (2011-12-01)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, I am writing to urge you to vote for a one-year extension of a reduction in payroll taxes, as provided by the Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011 (S. 1917). The U.S. economy is still suffering from an economic crisis that was caused by economic policies that failed because they served the interests of Wall Street and the richest one percent of Americans, rather than the remaining 99 percent of us. Much more needs to be done to get us out of this crisis, to close our jobs deficit and put America back to work. The AFL-CIO has proposed a 6-point jobs plan, and we challenge both parties to fight for solutions that are on the same scale as the problems we face. ItemLegislative Alert: Amendments to the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)Samuel, William (2011-11-29)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, 1 am writing to urge you to oppose the Brown amendment to the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and to support the Boxer/Grassley amendment. ItemLegislative Alert: FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)Samuel, William (2011-05-11)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, 1 am writing to urge you to reject efforts to revive the A-76 privatization process when the Committee considers the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) later this week. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General have repeatedly found that no reliable methods have been established to accurately measure either costs or savings due to contracting out. and that the cost of carrying out the studies themselves often exceeds any of the alleged savings. ItemLegislative Alert: OMB Circular A-76 in the FY2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations BillSamuel, William (2011-10-17)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, I am writing to urge conferees to retain the safeguard against the controversial OMB Circular A-76 privatization process in the Corps of Engineers (CoE) in the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which has been included as a bipartisan general provision since the FY 2008 version of this funding measure. ItemLegislative Alert: The Reciprocal Market Access Act of 2011 (H.R. 1749)Samuel, William (2011-06-01)[Excerpt] On behalf of the AFL-CIO, I write in support of H.R. 1749, the Reciprocal Market Access Act of 2011. This legislation would help boost our economy and increase exports by ensuring the elimination of foreign market access barriers before reducing U.S. tariffs on similar products.